Jonathan Harris has a heart for The J as golf tournament chair

A Phoenix native, Jonathan Harris grew up at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, then located in Central Phoenix. He attended preschool and kindergarten there. He played sports and made lasting friendships.

Jonathan Harris, chairman of this year's J Golf Tournament, sizes up a putt.

Jonathan Harris, chairman of this year’s J Golf Tournament, sizes up a putt.

“When I was kid, I practically lived at the JCC. I swam, played tennis and a lot of basketball. I went to Camp Kadima, Camp Teva and Camp Lebau. I hung out with my friends.

“The JCC had an incredibly powerful impact on me as a child,” said Mr. Harris.
It is his fondness for The J that inspired Mr. Harris to chair the 2016 JCC Golf Tournament — that and a little nudge by J Board Chair Jonathan Hoffer — though Mr. Harris admits it did not take much. It was through The J that Mr. Harris met Mr. Hoffer.

“I served on the board for a while and chaired the tournament in 2010 and 2011 when the event raised some of its highest revenue, so my friend and business partner did a little gentle arm twisting, but it wasn’t a tough sell because the JCC has given me so much,” said Mr. Harris.

The pair want The J to continue to be there for future generations.

“We invite the community to play and support The J. We just need 36 foursomes to sign up and we’ll sell out the tournament,” said Mr. Harris.

Foursomes are $900 and individual golfers are $250. All proceeds benefit The J and its programs.

Registration and lunch begin at 11:30 a.m. and the tournament begins with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Tournament fun includes a hole-in-one, live auction and a cocktail awards reception immediately following play.

The 2016 JCC Golf Tournament is presented by Republic West Remodeling and held on April 7 at the Silverado Golf Club, 7605 E. Indian Bend Road in Scottsdale.

Register by March 28 at vosjcc.org/golf.

The Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center is located at 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.

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