FRANKFORD, N.J. — The middle of winter is not an ideal time for a round of golf. But for many regulars at the United Way Chili Open Golf Classic, the event would not be complete without freezing temperatures and several inches of snow.
The annual fundraiser benefiting low-income residents in five northern New Jersey counties is scheduled to return to the Sussex County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Feb. 5, after a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chili Open participants play 18 holes on custom-made courses at the fairgrounds, using brightly colored golf balls that are easier to find if they get lost in the snow. Once the round is over, golfers warm up with a buffet of chili and other food from local restaurants, enjoy live music and take part in a raffle of prizes from local businesses.
Now in its 18th year, the Chili Open is organized by United Way of Northern New Jersey in partnership with the rotary clubs of Newton, Branchville and Wallkill Valley. Proceeds benefit households…
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