Earlier this month we had the opportunity to sponsor and attend a fundraiser honoring Patrick James Gornik, also known as Patty G. It was coordinated by the the Middletown PBA #124 and was held at Pebble Creek Golf Course in Colts Neck, New Jersey. The sold out golf outing is held every year to remember Patty G and raise funds to provide financial assistance to an individual/family member who has been afflicted with illness, injury, or a crisis situation. This assistance will provide relief to an individual/family member serving their community in law enforcement, first aid, fire department or are enrolled in a police academy. Recipients of this aid are selected first from the local community, then county, and then expanding statewide through referrals.

The Foundation also honors the memory of Officer Patrick James Gornik of the Oceanport, New Jersey Police Department by offering an annual scholarship to a student graduating from Shore Regional High School pursuing higher education. Recipients of this scholarship are selected by a committee. If adequate funds are raised for the Foundation, donations may also be made to testicular cancer research.

Along with 16 holes of golf, event attendees enjoyed networking, breakfast, lunch, and a wide range of raffle items. We were proud to provide the payment technology for the event.

One of the event’s organizers, Mike Heaten said, “Because a lot of people don’t carry cash anymore we were able to use an easy to use credit card machine provided by Priority Payments to accept payments. It has helped us sell a lot more raffle tickets to raise even more funds.”

“Officer Patrick James Gornik was a lifelong resident of Oceanport, New Jersey and a Patrolman in the Oceanport Police Department. On September 12th, 2014 Patrick lost his 13-month long battle with testicular cancer and passed away surrounded by family. As it often does, cancer took Patrick completely by surprise and turned his life upside down but the special thing about Pat was that his positive attitude and inspiring smile never left him throughout his struggle. Between commuting to Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in Manhattan and enduring numerous treatments including chemotherapy and radiation, Patrick showed what it was to be a true fighter and never give up.  It is in his honor that Patty G’s Help For Heroes was formed to pass his strength on to those who also face the battle of their lives.” (Patty G Website)

For more information or to donate, visit Patty G’s website.

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