Record funds raised at Hospice Society charity golf tournament

The event held in July raised $75,000 to support the Abbotsford organization.

Funds from a recent charity golf tournament will support the Abbotsford Hospice Society and Holmberg House

Funds from a recent charity golf tournament will support the Abbotsford Hospice Society and Holmberg House

The Abbotsford Hospice Society‘s (AHS) recent Charity Golf Tournament raised a record $75,000.

The funds for the event held July 15 at the Falls Golf Club in Chilliwack were raised through registrations, sponsors and activities, but a record-breaking $25,000 came from the live auction.

The tournament was presented by Mainland Sand and Gravel.

Another $75,000 was donated in on-kind support, including $20,000 in food and beverage donations – from Coast Seafoods, Commerce for Cause, BC Fresh Vegetables and Gelderman Farms – and $8,700 in rentals from Salmon’s Rentals.

Funds from the event will go toward AHS, with a portion earmarked for Holmberg House, an adult hospice under construction at the Campus of Care project next to Abbotsford Regional Hospital.

AHS provides support to people who are dying and to their families.

“Because of the generosity and efforts of our golfers, sponsors, donors and volunteers, AHS continues to make an immediate and tangible difference in our community when families need it most,” said executive director Debbie Lehmann.

The 19-bed Holmberg House is named in memory of Dave Holmberg Jr. His dad, Dave Holmberg Sr., raved about the event.

” … excellent financial results and wonderful support from the many sponsors, donors, players, and volunteers. I have been to many….this one was truly a 9.99 on the 10 point scale.”

The tournament was won by a team from Salmon’s Rentals, and dinner was attended by about 200 guests.

Among the items up for auction were a $3,000 pair of diamond earrings and a $3,000 men’s ring donated by Lee’s Fine Jewellers; culinary time donated by Daren and Stephanie Kennedy which sold for $4,250; a stay at a private residence at Tobiano golf course and four rounds of golf donated by Cori and Gord German which sold for $2,300; and another stay at a private residence and rounds of golf donated by John and Chris Maher which also sold for $2,300.