Participants in the recent Golf for Kids’ Sake – hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley – enjoy dinner after competing a full day of golf at Sandpiper Golf Course. (Submitted photo)

Golf tournament raises $74,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Money goes toward mentorship programs for 500 Fraser Valley children

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley – based in Abbotsford – raised over $74,000 at its recent 30th annual golf tournament.

Golf for Kids’ Sake was held June 27 at Sandpiper Golf Course in Harrison Mills, welcoming more than 120 golfers.

The tournament began with a testimonial from Big Brother Marvin and his Little Brother Danny.

After 10 years of being matched, the pair recently graduated from the program.

“I have a better outlook on life and I am more comfortable interacting with people in general,” said Danny, remembering his weekly Sunday meetings with Marvin.

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After a full day of golf, the evening closed with a dinner, silent and live auction, and sharing from another graduated match, Doug and Pascal.

Pascal spoke about the positive impact of mentoring and the importance of having a role model.

The money raised at the tournament goes directly toward serving over 500 youth each year.

“Our tournament is not only a way to raise funds for our programs; it’s an opportunity to engage with some of our stakeholders,” said executive director Corina Carroll.

The event saw the support of more than 100 local businesses in the form of sponsorship and prize donations.

In the past year, the organization – which is celebrating 50 years – has supported more than 500 children in the Fraser Valley alone through mentorship programs, and it continues to be the largest mentorship charity in the nation.

This September the organization will host a harvest dinner, which will showcase local craftspeople and chefs, paying homage to the community which has given them so much support in the past 50 years.

More information will be available soon.

Visit mentoringworks.ca for more information.

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