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2024 WASC 85th Anniversary Celebration & Awards Banquet


Watchung Amateur Ski Club

85th Anniversary Celebration & Awards Banquet

Watchungers kicking up their heels (literally) at the 1948 Awards Banquet!

Saturday, May 4, 2024
7:00pm - 11:00pm

The Bridgewater Manor
1251 Route 202/206, Bridgewater

In the beginning...

It all began in the late 1930's, when a small group of visionaries realized the potential of the sport in a state that had no “real” mountains. According to the late Erling Omland (one of our founders), Francis S. Mathewson, who was the director of recreation for the Union County Park Commission at the time, was readying ski sites at Warinanco Park in the Watchung Reservation because of the popularity of cross-country skiing and jumping. In 1935, he had inaugurated the first of several annual cross country races held in the Watchung Reservation. 


Mathewson recognized the need for a structured organization that would serve the public's growing interest and awareness of the sport. He approached Omland, who with Theodore Pistor, William Frutchey, Richard Wade and Thomas Huitfeldt, agreed to form NJ's first ski club. The group wrote the bylaws for the new organization on December 7, 1938, and the next day, the Watchung Amateur Ski Club had its first meeting in the Union County Park Commission Administration Building in Elizabeth. Our first trip (to Mt. Mansfield in Vermont) was held just a few weeks later; the first Awards Banquet was held March 23, 1939. The rest, as they say... is history.

Cost: $129/person


cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, 3-course dinner, special commemorative gift
 dancing to the sounds of Billy D's Entertainment

RSVP/payment due by April 20

black tie optional

for questions, or more 
information, contact:

2024 WASC Annual Banquet Co-Chairs
Ilene Gittleman,
Kathi Wolder,

Saturday, May 4, 2024, 7:00 PM until 11:00 PM
Bridgewater Manor
1251 Route 202/206
Bridgewater, NJ  
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Ilene Gittleman
Co-Chair, 2024 WASC Annual Awards Banquet
(732) 690-5686 (c)
Kathi E Wolder
Co-Chair, 2024 WASC Annual Awards Banquet
(908) 723-0606 (c)
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