( Courtesy EPC )

A tradition for the Eastern Produce Council, its annual golf outing, became much more this year for the organization, which typically has a calendar full of events.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the EPC has been forced to cancel numerous events or shift them to online video events, from monthly dinner meetings, Leadership Class presentations, annual Volunteer Night and its Casino Night gala.

The 45th Annual Sal Zacchia, Phil LaRocca and Pete Piastra Memorial Golf Outing on Sept. 12 was the first official gathering for the group in months.

Originally scheduled in June, the golf event was postponed because of the pandemic, according to a news release.

Susan McAleavey Sarlund, EPC executive director, thanked members for supporting the event and the golf committee, which was committed to bringing members together for the first time in what has been an unprecedented period for the industry, according to the release.

The event was at the Fox Hollow Golf Club in Branchburg, N.J.

The top two teams scored 59, but a team consisting of Derrick Bender, Ed Rummel, Sam Cefalu and Anthony DeAngelis broke the tie. Second-place team members were Michael Rojas, Angela Aronica and Daniel Milan, according to the release.

Other winners were:

  • Michael Rojas and Theresa Lowden, longest drives;
  • Michael D’Arrigo, Rich Borchers, Brian D’Arrigo and Steve Tirado, closest to the pin; and
  • Michael Hungerbuhler, putting contest.

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