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Professional Golfers and Mystery Writers Collaborate to Benefit Vulnerable Children and Families

(Paramus, NJ) June 9, 2014 – Children’s Aid and Family Services and the PGA TOUR Wives Association will host an evening of mystery, suspense, food and fun at the Ragtime Rendezvous - A Murder Mystery Event.” Best-selling author Harlan Coben will serve as the evening’s emcee and fellow authors Mary Higgins Clark and Michael Connelly will be on hand to direct the evening’s investigation, along with other soon-to-be-announced celebrity guests. Guests will join teams led by PGA TOUR Wives Association members and their professional golfer spouses, who are in town participating in the The Barclays, a PGA TOUR FedEx Cup playoff event at Ridgewood Country Club. Event sponsors confirmed to date are PGA TOUR, Roberto Coin, Prestige Motors, Curvature Wines, Michelob ULTRA and Coca-Cola Refreshments.

“Children’s Aid and Family Services partnered with the PGA TOUR Wives Association in 2010 on the ‘Green Carpet Affair,’ which was a wonderfully successful event for both of our organizations, and the proceeds helped many vulnerable children,” says Liz Mason, Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer. “We’re kicking things up a notch for this year’s event, as we are adding several celebrities to join alongside approximately 30 professional golfers participating in The Barclays and their spouses. It will provide a unique and fantastic opportunity for golf enthusiasts and lovers of “Clue” alike to meet and mingle with the players and celebrity authors, in an intimate setting. This truly is a one-of-a-kind event experience you won’t want to miss!”

                The Ragtime Rendezvous Murder Mystery will be held on:

                Date:     Tuesday, August 19, 2014

                Time:    6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

                Place:    Private home in Saddle River, NJ

"We are very excited to return to Paramus and partner with The Barclays and Children's Aid and Family Services," said Kelly Bettencourt, VP of Fundraising for the PGA TOUR Wives Association. "This event is an opportunity for our players, partners and guests to experience a unique evening of mystery, great food and fun, but, while doing so, raise much-needed dollars to help children in need."

Ticket prices are $750, with an early bird discounted ticket price of $600 per ticket if ordered before July 7, 2014. Tickets are limited and guests are encouraged to register early. Click here for ticket information. Please call Eve Marsan at 201-740-7107 for more information.         

About PGA TOUR WIVES Association

In 2014, the PGA TOUR Wives Association celebrates its 26th anniversary as a not-for-profit organization, and continues its mission of supporting children and their families through charitable events. Comprised of wives and significant others of professional golfers on both the PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour, their charitable impact extends into communities where both tours are played.  Association events have raised over $5 million since its inception, and have supported hundreds of children’s charities and impacted thousands of children through fundraising and through volunteerism in communities hosting golf tournaments.  For more information about the PGA TOUR Wives Association, visit their website at www.pgatourwives.org.

About Children’s Aid and Family Services           

Children’s Aid and Family Services is a leading nonprofit human services organizations serving northern New Jersey. The agency is fully accredited and has served the community for more than 110 years. Its mission is to preserve, protect, and when needed, provide families. Motivated by compassion and in partnership with the community, we make positive lasting differences in the lives of those we serve. We provide high quality, innovative services to children and their families that advance social, educational and emotional development and wellbeing. For more information on Children’s Aid and Family Services, call 201.261.2800 or visit www.cafsnj.org.