In its second consecutive year, the Semiahmoo Good Ol’ Boys golf group donated the money raised from their small tournament fundraiser to Blaine Food Bank, reaching the organization in a time of need.
Fundraiser organizer Thomas Yang and the rest of the Good Ol’ Boys handed Blaine Food Bank’s operations manager Sally Church a check for $16,000 at Semiahmoo Golf and Country Club on September 3.
“It’s so critical to us,” Church said. “This time of year is in between the harvest season and giving season, so it’s always a difficult time. We’ve had trouble lately.”
The food bank saw an influx of donations at the beginning of the pandemic last year but Church said this year donations have decreased dramatically. She said the food bank serves just under 500 families each week, and it needed this donation because that number is increasing.
The Good Ol’ Boys – more than 30 retired men who mostly live near Semiahmoo and golf a few times a week – has been around for about 30 years. Last year, the group donated $14,000 to the food bank, which was the first time it used the annual tournament to raise money for charity.
This year, with about 40 golfers contributing, the Good Ol’ Boys were able to raise the $16,000 in two weeks, Yang said.
“We were looking for a local community organization to support,” Yang said. “And Sally explained to me the challenges they were facing at the food bank.”