A special luncheon was held Wednesday in Abbotsford to thank everyone involved in the Rotary Club of Abbotsford’s Million Dollar Hole-in-One, which raised almost $60,000 for local charities.
The main recipient of funds raised from the event held in June was the Abbotsford Hospice Society, which is building Holmberg House, a world-class facility providing end-of-life care to adults and their grieving families and friends.
A large cheque was presented to executive director Debbie Lehmann in the amount of $42,700.
Also benefiting from the proceeds were: the Family Centre – Parenting Place, which received $4,000 for the Best for Babies Program; the Abbotsford Youth Commission, which received $3,550 for its Youth Leadership Training Program; the Fraser Valley Child Development Centre, which received $4,500 for its Smartboard Program; and the Cyrus Centre for at-risk youth, which received $2,500 for a new washer and dryer.
The Rotary Club also presented the prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship Award to Lee Holmberg to honour and recognize her for her tireless commitment to the Abbotsford community and for her generous support over the years.
Dave and Lee Holmberg receiving thanks for their support of the Million Dollar Hole in One event. The Holmbergs agreed to match monies raised during the event with funds going to Abbotsford Hospice Society – Holmberg House. President Angelo Rea and past president Andrew Franklin presented the award.
At the luncheon, club president Angelo Rea thanked everyone involved today in the Million Dollar Hole-in-One.
“This event could not happen without the commitment and support of so many; it was our most successful fundraiser to date,” he said.
Sponsors who were thanked were: Traveland RV Supercentre, BerryHill, The Abbotsford News, Relevention, Globe Printers, Clearbridge, Sunnyside Greenhouses, FraserGlen Golf Course, Canadian Western Bank, Envision Financial, Abbotsford Duty Free, Prospera Credit Union, DHM, Magnuson Ford, MountainView Harley-Davidson, Sandman Hotel and Suites and Dignity Memorial.
The Rotary Club of Abbotsford was formed in 1950 and meets every Tuesday at noon at the Salvation Army Cascade Centre on DeLair Road.
Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 34,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.
The Rotary Club of Abbotsford was formed in 1950 and meets every Tuesday at noon at the Salvation Army Cascade Centre on Delair Road. Over the years the club has accomplished many exciting projects including the construction of Rotary Stadium, a $3,000,000 sports facility; provided the capital funding for Rotary House Preschool, a learning facility for challenged preschool children; assisted the Abbotsford Hospice Society with $200,000 towards retiring their mortgage; sponsored a Rotaplast mission to Cebu, Philippines that provided corrective surgery for children with cleft lip and palate; and donated $200,000 to the new Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre, to purchase equipment and furnishings for the new children’s area.
The Rotary Club of Abbotsford is also committed to providing youth with opportunities to help develop tomorrow’s leaders. Each year the club provides eighteen $500 scholarships and bursaries to graduating Abbotsford high school students through the Abbotsford Community Foundation.