The Abbotsford Community Foundation recently held its annual Smart and Caring Golf Classic, raising $70,000 for local charities. (Submitted photo)

The Abbotsford Community Foundation recently held its annual Smart and Caring Golf Classic, raising $70,000 for local charities. (Submitted photo)

2020 Smart and Caring Golf Classic raises $70,000 for Abbotsford charities

Recent golf tourney is Abbotsford Community Foundation’s most successful in its history

The Abbotsford Community Foundation (ACF) raised $70,000 at its recent fifth annual Smart and Caring Golf Classic.

Money from the event, held Sept. 17 at Chilliwack Golf Club, goes to Abbotsford charities and the ACF’s Smart and Caring Community Fund.

Income from the fund provides grants annually to a broad spectrum of local charities that support children and families at risk in the community.

“We are proud to have raised over $300,000 in the last five years with our Smart and Caring Golf Classic,” said Andrea Senft, board chair.

“The tremendous success of this year’s event is even more amazing given the constraints we are facing as a result of the current pandemic.”

RELATED: $90,000 in Smart and Caring grants go to 13 charities

The event was organized by the fund development committee – led by chair Judy Redekop – and ACF staff.

ACF executive director Wendy Neufeld said the 2020 event is an “excellent representation of what can be achieved when we work together towards a common goal.”

“In the midst of adversity, our donors, sponsors and participants rose to the occasion … This was the most successful golf tournament in the Abbotsford Community Foundation’s 41-year history,” she said.

The Smart and Caring Golf Classic is held each year on the third Thursday of September, raising funds that are permanently added to the capital of the Smart and Caring Community Fund. Next year’s event is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 16.

Since its inception, the ACF has invested more than $11 million into the community through grants and scholarships.

Visit abbotsfordcf.org or call 604-850-3755 for more information or to make a donation.

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