Council 6520 Hopsts a Charity Golf Tournament

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Medford’s Knights of Columbus raise more than $54,000 for the homeless, less fortunate, women in crisis, and children

Proceeds from charity golf tournament increased by about 30% from previous year

Medford, NJ, August 19, 2019 -- St. Mary of the Lakes Knights of Columbus Council 6520 ( hosted its 12th annual charity golf tournament at Medford Village Country Club, raising more than  $54,000 for Medford’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Burlington County, and 1st Way of Burlington County.

“Knights of Columbus Council 6520 is grateful to our golfers, sponsors, local businesses, and volunteers who ‘chipped in for charity’ to support vital organizations that treat every man, woman, and child with respect, dignity, and compassion,” said Council 6520 Grand Knight Don Bouchard, who has chaired the tournament for the last three years. “We were thrilled to have the maximum number of golfers as well as 72 additional people for the awards presentation and a wonderful dinner.”

The event had more than 28 sponsors and 30 boosters, including:

•    Holman Ford, Lincoln, Toyota, and Audi (Event Sponsor)
•    David Karbasian Law (Event Sponsor)
•    ShopRite of Medford (Event Sponsor)
•    Clyde Lattimer and Son Construction (Gold Sponsor)
•    Procacci Brothers Sales Corporation (Gold Sponsor)
•    Wawa Inc. (Gold Sponsor)

“On behalf of the Holman Community, it has been a tremendous honor and privilege to work together with the Knights of Columbus and partners to help aide the less fortunate in our community,” said Holman’s Anthony Stone.

“It was my pleasure to support such a great event for such charitable causes,” said David Karbasian. “My office believes in giving back just like my brother Knights”

“We believe in the mission of the Knights of Columbus and are happy to support them in their worthy endeavors,” said ShopRite’s Kim Bezanis.

Chris Comer, Pat Day, Stephen Flurry, and Mike Noble won the tournament featuring 144 golfers who enjoyed golf, lunch, a cocktail hour with appetizers, dinner, guest speakers, a live auction, raffles, and 48 tombola gift baskets.

“We also are grateful to the five silver sponsors, 14 bronze sponsors, and the more than 100 merchants who donated items for the auction, raffles, and tombola prizes. These mostly local merchants that support this event are critical to the tournaments success,” added Bouchard.

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic lay organization. Dedicated to the principles of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism, the Knights provide members and their families with volunteer opportunities for service to people of all backgrounds.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization that allows women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering. Over the past year, the Medford Conference has helped nearly 5,000 men, women, and children with food, clothing, financial help for rent and mortgage, auto insurance, utilities, health care and other expenses valued at more than $465,000.

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Burlington County, a non-profit interfaith organization committed to a united outreach by the religious community in Burlington County providing shelter, meals and assistance to homeless families. The program provides help, hope and a safe haven for guests while they seek affordable housing. Since 1998 IHNBC hosted over 425 families totaling more than 1,350 individuals, including nearly 850 children.

1st Way of Burlington County, which helps any woman or girl with an unplanned pregnancy find medical, legal, or psychological help as well as shelter, education, or adoption guidance. 1st Way believes in the sanctity of life, all life, the life of the mother as well as the life of the baby. 1st Way provides free resources which support life affirming choices. This is accomplished through a loving, non-judgement approach with peer counseling, education, and practical services. Over the past year, 1st Way has served over 2,600 families.

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Attached Photos:

Photo 1: Fr. Dan offering grace before dinner at the Medford Village Country Club
Photo 2: Fr. Dan thanking the Knights of Columbus before dinner
Photo 3: Knight Bill Schmidt teeing off at the Medford Village Country Club
Photo 4: KofC golf tent
Photo 5: David Karbasian and Don Bouchard
Photo 6: KofC Golf Committee with the beneficiaries
Photo 7: KofC Greeters and sign-up tent
Photo 8: The new Knights/SVdP trailer makes its golfing debut
Photo 9: Scott Lattimer eyes up putt
Photo 10: KofC Greeters and sign-up tent
Photo 11: Golfers Bill Schmidt (left) and Harry Meshirer (right)

Media Contact: Kevin Callahan


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