Sutton Group West Coast Realty Abbotsford, shown here with Canucks player Jake Virtanen last month, have been announced as the title sponsor for the 2021 Archway Jake Virtanen Charity Golf Tournament. (Submitted)

Sutton Group West Coast Realty Abbotsford, shown here with Canucks player Jake Virtanen last month, have been announced as the title sponsor for the 2021 Archway Jake Virtanen Charity Golf Tournament. (Submitted)

New title sponsor announced for Archway Jake Virtanen Charity Golf Tournament

Sutton Group West Coast Realty Abbotsford major sponsor for planned 2021 event in June

Sutton Group West Coast Realty Abbotsford has been announced as the title sponsor for the 2021 Archway Jake Virtanen Charity Golf Tournament.

Virtanen first came on board with the event in 2019, which was the third annual charity golf tournament for Archway Community Services.

RELATED: Jake Virtanen to host Abbotsford Community Services’ charity golf tournament

The 2019 edition of the event was a success, raising $45,000 – a significant increase on the $28,000 that was collected in 2018.

A total of 128 golfers in 2019 took in the tournament, lunch and auctions at Ledgeview Golf and Country Club.

RELATED: Jake Virtanen Charity Golf Tournament raises $45,000

Funds raised from the event help support the more than 90 programs at Archway Community Services, including services for families, youth and seniors.

The 2020 edition of the event, which was scheduled for June 23, was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mike Gibson from Sutton Group West Coast Realty said he’s excited to get involved for the 2021 tournament.

“Our realtors are focused on the Fraser Valley and see the needs of people in our area,” he stated in a press release. “We wanted to get involved with an organization that helps the day-to-day life of those in the community. We’re excited to throw our support behind Archway Community Services and value their pledge to community well-being.”

Steve Carlton, the Archway Board President and Golf Committee Chair, said he’s pleased they have come on board.

“We are delighted to have the Sutton Group West Coast Realty – Abbotsford come on board as our title sponsor,” he stated. “Sutton Group joins a team of loyal sponsors who have supported the fundraising event for the past three years raising much needed money for Archway programs for children, families and seniors.”

Virtanen himself said he’s looking forward to the 2021 tournament, tentatively set for June.

“It is truly an honour to be able to give back to my community and lend my support to such a needed and valued organization,” he stated. “Archway Community Services has been helping the good folks of the Fraser Valley for over 50 years through the many services they provide.”

Dependent on COVID guidelines, the tournament plans to include a full 18 holes, lunch, dinner, a silent auction and more. The event has sold out the last two years and registration will open in the spring.

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