We are excited for another year of the J Classic! Starting in 1995 as the Adams Classic, this annual fundraiser has brought the community together to support programs for the J. All proceeds from the J Classic go to support services and programs of the Mayerson JCC including Meals on Wheels, the JCC Senior Center, the JCC Early Childhood School, Camp at the J and financial aid for those in need—just to name a few.
This year’s co-chairs Bob Oestreicher and Josh Rothstein are excited to have everyone join in the celebration. Learn more about why they support the J Classic and what you can expect this year.
Why did you get involved in the committee for the J Classic?
Bob: I joined the J’s board a couple of years ago, and it became clear pretty quickly how important the J Classic is to the organization! Not only is it our biggest fundraiser each year, but it is an excellent opportunity to showcase all that the J does in the community and it leaves people feeling great about the organization. When I got the chance to chair the event, I jumped at it.
Josh: The JCC has provided so much for my family and me as we’ve been active members in the community, and it’s such a great way to give back while having fun.
What are some of your favorite memories or events of the J Classic?
Josh: The Course of Caterers that my mom, Barb, helped develop was like a miniature Taste of Cincinnati and followed by winding down the Classic with cigars and drinks at Losantiville with a handful of other young professionals. It was a great end to the wonderful day.
Bob: I don’t get to play golf very often, so it’s a great opportunity to get out on a beautiful course with good company and have some fun. I also love to see folks in the community reconnect at dinner.
How would you encourage someone to participate in the J Classic this year?
Bob: Obviously, I’d like to see folks sign up to participate in one of the events (golf is full, but I think there is still some availability in tennis, pickleball, canasta, etc.), but I’d especially like to see people come out for the Course of Caterers dinner (which we are rebooting this year after a two-year hiatus), and for the younger folks (and the young at heart), I’d like to encourage staying for the After ParTee! Most importantly, I want to see folks having fun—the J Classic is a great day to celebrate the J and connect people to the organization and its work.
Josh: Golf always sells out, but by introducing Pickleball, there’s even more to do this year! On that note, it’ll be easier than ever for the young adults in our community to stop by just for the dinner/drinks portion and stay for the After ParTee. Of course, people can always make a financial gift or offer donations for our raffles to help “sweeten the pot.”
The J Classic supports the Mayerson JCC. Why is the JCC important to our community?
Josh: The J provides a physical destination for Jewish communal life in a welcoming, inclusive and communal atmosphere. From fitness to a meal at the J Café, to a pick-up basketball game followed by a tranquil dip in the pool. There’s plenty to do for people of all ages! Hundreds of activities punctuated by the inevitable run-in you’re likely to have with someone who knows you or your family with something to schmooze about makes the JCC the most familiar place everyone can enjoy.
Bob: From the youngest of us—the JCC Early Childhood School—to the oldest—the JCC 60 & Better Center—the J is a hub for our community. It brings us together in a special way that no other community organization does. To that end, it’s critical that we support the J with our time and our dollars.