Standing (from left) are David Turchen, Lee Holmberg, Phil Holmberg, Wanda Holmberg, Michelle Holmberg, Carol Waters. Dee Gorrell, and Mike Hardie,. shown here during the recent Dave Holmberg Sr. Golf Classic. (F-Stop Moving Photography)

Standing (from left) are David Turchen, Lee Holmberg, Phil Holmberg, Wanda Holmberg, Michelle Holmberg, Carol Waters. Dee Gorrell, and Mike Hardie,. shown here during the recent Dave Holmberg Sr. Golf Classic. (F-Stop Moving Photography)

Golf tournament raises $75,000 for Abbotsford Hospice Society

First Dave Holmberg Sr. Golf Classic a big success

A recent golf tournament raised more than $75,000 for the Abbotsford Hospice Society (AHS) and Holmberg House.

The sold-out Dave Holmberg Sr. Golf Classic was held June 8 at Ledgeview Golf Course.

David Turchen, chair of the AHS board of directors, said the support is much appreciated.

“It was great see so many friends out on the course. Many thanks to the Holmberg family for all their efforts to put this together; it was a great way to honour Dave Sr.,” he said.

Turchen also paid tribute to Dave Holmberg Sr. and the Holmberg family during the dinner program.

AHS executive director Ron Kuehl added his gratitude for the support from the Abbotsford business and professional community.

“The tremendous support of our community on a very inclement day is a tribute to both the memory of Dave and the strength of our community,” he said.

“All funds received will provide needed support for the various programs and services offered through Holmberg House, Abbotsford’s Hospice. A special thanks to our organizing committee for a job very well done.”

The executive committee – Lee Holmberg, Phil Holmberg, Michelle Holmberg, Sid Bos, Mark Rushton, Dave Ethier, Debbie Ethier, Stacey Somerville, Gerry Hadwin and Marion Keys – had been meeting since December 2017 to support the event.

The date for next year’s event has already been set for June 7.

AHS is not only celebrating 31 years of community support this year, but also the move into Holmberg House in 2016.

Abbotsford’s premier 10-bed facility provides end-of-life care to adults as young as 19. The building also accommodates grief support groups, volunteer training, education seminars and one-on-one support services.

The golf tournament supports AHS in continuing to provide palliative patients in Abbotsford with a wide range of end-of-life services, as well as providing their families and loved ones with immediate and long-term grief support tailored to their specific situations.