(Abbotsford, BC) – The Rotary Club of Abbotsford presented today three community charities with funding to help support their local programs. As a result of the Rotary Club’s very successful Million Dollar Hole-in-One event held this past June the first group of charities will receive proceeds from this event. The event raised $85,000 over eight days with the thanks to many sponsors, donors, volunteers and participants.


The first group of charities to benefit from event proceeds includes the Abbotsford Youth Commission, the Centre of Epilepsy and the Abbotsford Food Bank.

The Abbotsford Youth Commission received $3,590 to fund their “The Integrity Project (TIPS)” that provides funds for fifty local youth to explore what it means to live with integrity through youth led and youth driven projects. The projects will serve more than 400 local youth over the coming year.

The Centre of Epilepsy received $1,375 to send two of their clients to a specialized summer camp experience at Camp Zajac this year. The camp is for children and young adults with chronic, life-threating and/or debilitating conditions. These experiences give participants the opportunity to explore the outdoors while developing great social and environmental awareness and self-confidence.

The Abbotsford Food Bank received $3,700  to fund and assist in the creation of Satellite Food Banks, bringing the services of the Abbotsford Food Bank into the neighborhoods and local communities where need is the highest. This will provide greater access and convenience for existing food bank clients, and funding is being directed to those neighborhoods where the current Rotary Blessings in a Backpack program is being most heavily used by elementary schools.

Rotary Club President Hugh Ellis said, “on behalf of club members I want to thank everyone involved in making today’s funding opportunities possible and wish to acknowledge the amazing work and care all three charities provide to people in our community.” Hugh goes on to say, “When we work together like a fine-tuned symphony, we can make great music together and that music is helping others.”

The Rotary Club of Abbotsford wishes to thank all of our Hole-in-One event sponsors: Matsqui Development Co. Ltd., Traveland RV, BerryHill, the Abbotsford News, Canadian Western Bank, Star 98.3, 107.1 Country, Sunnyside Greenhouses, FraserGlen Golf Course, Envision Financial, Abbotsford Duty Free, Prospera Credit Union, DHM, Magnuson Ford, MountainView Harley-Davidson, Sandman Hotel and Suites, Clearbridge, Unitex, Badesha & Narang, Abbotsford International Airshow and Dignity Memorial.


(L-R) Dave Murray, Abbotsford Food Bank; Shona Brown, Centre of Epilepsy; Bev Olfert, Abbotsford Youth Commission; and Club President, Hugh Ellis