The Morristown Field Club is one of the oldest organizations in the Morristown area. Many of our members live and work here and in the surrounding communities! We enjoy supporting charitable causes that enrich the lives of people who live here and in surrounding areas. This page highlights some of the initiatives we've been involved in this year!
MFC Hosts the Neighborhood House
The spirit of giving and community support have been alive and well at the Morristown Field Club for the last couple of weeks as the Club welcomed sixteen, ten year olds from The Neighborhood House in Morristown. The Neighborhood House is part of Cornerstone Family Programs, a local nonprofit organization that provides a multitude of services for low-income families in Morris County (www.cornerstonefamilyprograms.org).
Field Club members and Cornerstone Family Program volunteers, Rich Gebel and Mark Byron, came up with the idea for the tennis clinics while touring the Neighborhood House. The idea received overwhelming support from the Field Club Board and Club Tennis Professionals, Davor Barisic and Rayni Borinsky. Both Barisic and Borinsky were very happy to donate their time for something so worthwhile.
Club President, Glen Sundin, said that the Club and its members welcome opportunities to support the community that the club has called home since 1881.
Two clinic sessions were held on August 16 and August 23. At the end of the first clinic, each child received a set of sweatbands. At the conclusion of the second clinic, all sixteen children were given a new Head junior tennis racquet with a cover and a tennis ball. Rich Gebel, Mark Byron and local business sponsor, High Country Ski and Tennis of Livingston, New Jersey, donated the sweatbands, racquets and balls.
Jacquelyn Looby, Director of Volunteer Services at Neighborhood House, commented on the clinics by saying, “The event was terrific and our campers from the Nabe had a blast! It is always nice to get them outside, being active, and having fun. We love when we have the opportunity to expose our students to new sports and different experiences that they might not typically get. Tennis was certainly a fun learning opportunity for the kids thanks to the Morristown Field Club!”
MFC Hosts Morristown High School Tennis Tournament
On the afternoon of Saturday, June 11, the Morristown Field Club hosted the Morristown Tennis Boosters for their 3rd Morris Open tennis tournament. It was a fantastic event at a beautiful setting! Participants played three total sets of singles/doubles against different opponents. Congratulations to USTA league player Ian Katz for winning the tournament with a games won differential of plus 11. The event raised nearly $800 for the Morristown Tennis Boosters. These funds are needed for indoor court time, elementary school tennis club equipment, scholarships and more.
Morris Open winner, Ian Katz with fellow players Karin Weiner (left) and Robin Lieberman (right).
Tom Dillon Memorial Paddle Tournament
The 4th Annual Tom Dillon Memorial Paddle Tennis Tournament was held this past April 9th. A member of the Field Club, Tom was actively involved with the Boys and Girls Club of Newark. He was on the Board of Trustees and served a term as Chairman. His family were regular Saturday morning volunteers at the Club House which is now on Avon Drive.
The event was put together by Chris Laffey, Scott Biedron, John Millbank and Dave Arthur as a tribute to Tom, the ultimate paddle warrior. The proceeds from the tournament are fittingly donated to the BGCN. This is the second year the tournament has been held at MFC. Over $6,000 was raised this year. The four year total is just under $25,000. The picture shows the participants at this year's tournament.
This year the tournament donated a bench to the Field Club in Tom’s honor. It is inside the hut, along the window facing court 2.