Welland staff 2021 golf tournament raises over $11,000 for various city food banks

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Published November 19, 2021 at 2:21 pm

After being sidelined for a year, the Welland’s Economic Development department teed off with industry leaders, developers, investors, and business owners at its annual golf tournament.

While the 22nd tournament was held late September to enable as many participants as to get vaccinated, the numbers are in now and it turns out the group raised over $11,000.

As a result, this year’s charity recipients – the Hope Centre, Salvation Army and Open Arms Mission – are now a little better off.

“A day of fun and camaraderie resulted in a benefit to our community,” said Mayor Frank Campion. “The support, not just in dollars and cents, but in time and commitment from our community stretches beyond what we raised this year. Thank you to everyone who participated and continues to give back to our community.”

Over the last 22 years, the Welland’s Economic Development Golf Tournament has raised more than $100,000 to
local charities, including Jump Start, United Way of South Niagara, Rose City Kids, ALS Canada, and many more.

“We selected our local food banks as this year’s recipients as we recognized how beneficial they are for those in need in our community,” said Lina DeChellis, Welland Manager of Economic Development. “We’ve seen how impacted and strained their resources and services have been during the pandemic, and this year, it was an obvious fit.”

The Economic Development team worked with local grocery stores (Food Basics, Fresh Co., No Frills) to purchase the most needed items for each organization. These included canned fruits and vegetables, canned meat, personal care items, crackers, pasta, and peanut butter and jam.

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