College Men’s Club Holds Record Setting Fundraiser

(above) College Men’s Club Poker Night tournament champions. The first prize winner of the night was Matthew Meyer shown in the center, finishing in second place was Alex Watson on the right, and in third place was Scott Gootzheit on the left. The charity tournament was held at the Kenilworth Veterans Center.

CMC of Westfield Record Setting Fundraiser

After a 2-year hiatus due to COVID, the College Men’s Club of Westfield (CMC) held a record-setting Poker Night fundraiser to benefit the CMC Scholarship Fund that more than doubled the results over past years. On Friday, June 17, more than 50 players assembled at the Kenilworth Veterans Center which was transformed into a Poker room with professional dealers to conduct the tournament. The evening generated net proceeds of more than $10,000 for the club’s scholarship fund.  

CMC President Dave Germond noted, “The CMC is thrilled to see this turnout in support of our local charity; this was our first in-person event since the onset of the pandemic and we look forward to hosting our next fundraiser early this Fall.” The tournament was run until there was a declared overall winner and prizes were awarded to the top three finishers. First prize winner of the night was Matthew Meyer, second place went to Alex Watson, and finishing in third place was Scott Gootzheit.

The College Men’s Club of Westfield was founded in 1922 and over the past century has helped hundreds of Westfield young men by providing college tuition assistance and funding standardized test preparatory courses. Since its founding, the CMC has raised and distributed over $1.2 million in higher education assistance to young men of the Westfield community. In 2022 the CMC awarded $61,000 in scholarships and grants to four Westfield High School graduating seniors.

Scholarship applications are available through local high school guidance departments in February of each year and are evaluated by a committee of CMC Trustees each Spring.  Funds for scholarships come from fund raising events like the annual Poker Night, donations, membership dues, endowment investment income, and legacy bequests.  

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