Lewis, currently ranked the No. 1 American player on the LPGA Tour and the No. 2 player in the world, is donating $20,000 to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey’s Southern Branch in an effort to assist the residents of the greater Atlantic City area adversely affected by Hurricane Sandy..
Lewis, who from the age of 11 wore a back brace 18 hours a day for nearly eight years to correct a curvature in her spine from scoliosis, won the 2012 ShopRite LPGA championship at the Seaview course in Absecon, N.J.
And Jerseyans remain close to her heart.
For 23 years, the ShopRite LPGA Classic and the Southern Jersey Shore region have been a favorite tour stop for the professional athletes of the LPGA. Fans, volunteers and residents of the region that support the tournament year after year have come to mean a great deal to many of the players on the tour.
“While the LPGA Tour was in Japan, I was heartbroken to see images of the damage caused by Sandy to the Northeast, especially the area near Atlantic City where we play the ShopRite LPGA Classic,” stated Lewis. “The people who come out to that tournament are so supportive of women’s golf, so I just wanted to find some way to help them through this difficult time.”
The Community FoodBank of New Jersey’s Southern Branch serves Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and southeastern Burlington Counties from its warehouse in Egg Harbor Township. The FoodBank’s critical service programs include a mobile pantry, emergency assistance and food distribution pantry, Kathleen’s Closet thrift store, Kid’s Division, Kid’s Cafe, Family Meals program, Food Stamp outreach and many more.
“We are grateful and honored to receive Stacy’s very generous contribution,” said Margie Barham, Executive Director of the Southern Branch of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. “The area has been hit tremendously hard, and there are so many more people who now need our help and will for a long time to come.”
“As the home of the ShopRite LPGA Classic, and site of Stacy Lewis’ exciting 2012 victory this past June, the greater Atlantic City area was one of the hardest hit regions from Hurricane Sandy,” stated Tim Erensen, Executive Director of the ShopRite LPGA Classic. “The aftermath of this unprecedented storm has left many area residents without the comfort of their homes, causing tremendous financial stress on families and organizations serving those affected. Stacy’s exceptionally generous donation to The Community FoodBank of New Jersey’s Southern Branch comes at a critical time, and will go a long way in providing much needed comfort and assistance to those who call the Atlantic City area home,” Erensen added. “Not only is Stacy’s indomitable spirit and generosity admirable, but her fondness for our tournament and the people of this region is both comforting and heartwarming.”
About Community FoodBank of New Jersey
Community FoodBank of New Jersey serves those in need statewide. Locally, its Southern Branch based in Egg Harbor Township serves Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and southeastern Burlington counties. For more information on how you can help call 609-383-8843, or visit our website at www.cfbnj.org.