Abbotsford Community Foundation recently held its third annual Smart and Caring Golf Classic, which raised $100,000. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford Community Foundation golf tournament raises $100,000

Funds go to Smart and Caring Community Fund

The Abbotsford Community Foundation (ACF) raised $100,000 at its recent golf tournament in support of its Smart and Caring Community Fun.

The third annual Smart and Caring Golf Classic was held Sept. 20 at Ledgeview Golf Club.

Income from the Smart and Caring Community Fund provides grants annually to local charities that support children and families at risk in the community.

ACF board chair Lorna Hart said the event has raised more than $160,000 in the last three years.

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She thanked fund development chair Judy Redekop and her committee, along with executive director Wendy Neufeld.

“We are so pleased with the success of this year’s event, which was sold out almost three months in advance,” Hart said.

Neufeld said that in 2018 alone, the ACF granted out $88,000 to 17 local charities for their programs that help children and families at risk.

One of those charities was the Abbotsford Food Bank and their Starfish backpack program, which provides backpacks filled with food for students to take home each weekend during the school year.

The golf tournament ended with a dinner, which included an inspiring story from committee member Kal Sidhu.

A request was made for each table to fund a backpack for $525. The golfers responded by contributing $12,075 – enough to provide 23 packs for an entire school year.

“The willingness and generosity of our community to help those in need is humbling,” Neufeld said.

The annual Smart and Caring Golf Classic is held each year on the third Thursday of September at Ledgeview, raising funds that are permanently added to the capital of the Smart and Caring community fund.

Next year’s event takes place Sept. 19. Visit abbotsfordcf.org or phone 604-850-3755 for more information.

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