Archway golf committee members are (from left) Dilraj Brar, Janis Mitchell, Eric Heath and Steve Carlton. (Photo: Betty Johnston)

Archway golf committee members are (from left) Dilraj Brar, Janis Mitchell, Eric Heath and Steve Carlton. (Photo: Betty Johnston)

Archway Golf Tournament in Abbotsford raises $70K

Annual event supports community programs such as advocacy for youths

Archway Community Services in Abbotsford raised $70,000 for community programs at its recent fourth annual charity golf tournament.

The Archway Golf Tournament, presented by Sutton Group WestCoast Realty, was held June 22 at Ledgeview Golf and Country Club.

“We’re over the moon at how our community pulled together to show their support in such a big way,” said Steve Carlton, Archway board president and golf committee chair.

The funds and support came from more than 40 sponsors, partners and donors, plus an online auction. Proceeds will ensure that crucial programs at Archway remain available to those who need them most.

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“I can’t tell you how much this means to our agency,” said Rod Santiago, Archway’s executive director.

He said donations raised ensure that “impactful, yet underfunded” services are made available, such as income tax completion for vulnerable seniors, one-to-one assistance for newcomers facing multiple barriers, advocacy for youth who have aged out of government care, and provision of resources and community for those pregnant and new moms.

The 2019 tournament raised $50,000, while the 2020 event was cancelled due to COVID. Organizers had hoped to beat the previous record but weren’t sure if it would be possible during these uncertain times.

A total of 122 golfers at the sold-out tournament enjoyed lunch, a friendly competition of golf and a to-go dinner package in keeping with COVID guidelines.

Next year’s tournament is scheduled for June 21, and more information can be found at ArchwayGolf.ca.

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