(From left) Rod Santiago, Steve Carlton and Jake Virtanen share a humourous moment during the recent Jake Virtanen Charity Golf Touranment in support of Archway Community Services. Photography by Davina

Jake Virtanen Charity Golf Tournament raises $45,000

Event held in Abbotsford in support of Archway Community Services

Archway Community Services (formerly Abbotsford Community Services) recently raised $45,000 at its third annual charity golf tournament.

The Jake Virtanen Charity Golf Tournament, held June 25 at Ledge-view Golf Club, supported programs that include those for parents, children, seniors and newcomers.

A total of 128 golfers at the sold-out tournament enjoyed lunch, a round of golf and a dinner with silent and live auctions.

“It was a fabulous tournament and it exceeded our expectations by a million miles,” said Steve Carlton, Archway board president and golf committee team member.

Archway provides more than 90 programs and services through a mixture of government funding, grants and donations.

Vancouver Canuck and tournament host Jake Virtanen spoke at the dinner to thank the organizers, sponsors and volunteers.

He became involved in the tournament after golfing in the previous year’s tournament and becoming inspired by the organization’s work in Abbotsford.

“I’ve been fortunate to be able to live my dream playing hockey and I’m happy to be able to give back and support people in my community as they work on their dreams,” Virtanen said.

A total of 43 companies supported the event through sponsorships and in-kind donations, as well as providing items for the silent auction.

“Both the golf and the dinner were fantastic. People had a great time and supported Archway beyond our wildest expectations,” said Archway executive director Rod Santiago.

Next year’s tournament is booked for June 23. Visit acsgolf.ca for more information and pictures.

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