Updated: Nov 7, 2018
2-Day Event Raises $30,000 to Provide Food and Hope
For two days last week Lee’s Hill Golf Course was the beautiful backdrop for raising awareness and funds for the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank (FRFB) through the 17th Annual Charity Golf Classic. “This is the first year that the FRFB Board of Directors is overseeing the event without the help of Mr. John DeViney and all our friends at Dickinson Equipment” stated Dayna Klein, FRFB Development Director, Major Gifts & Planned Giving. “We were not certain the weather would cooperate but both days were great” Klein added. At the completion of an enjoyable first day of golf, the Food Bank honored DeViney and Dickinson Equipment for their 15 years of support organizing the fundraising golf event. DeViney’s friend Bobby Hebert of the Free Lance Star said “John has a passion for the community and helping the hungry.” Hebert challenged all of the golfers to see what they could do to make a difference in the lives of those struggling with hunger or food insecurity. Both Hebert and DeViney’s friend, Jim Powell of Powell’s Furniture, backed their words honoring John’s efforts to end hunger with action when they both provided a donation to the Food Bank.
Giant Food kicked off its Premier tournament sponsorship with two weeks of food drives to engage and inform the public about nutrition and food insecurity in our region. Research shows there are over 34,000 individuals struggling with hunger in the Fredericksburg region. Robert Belcher, Giant Regional Vice President - Region 10 and FRFB Board member said “Giant’s local partnership with the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank allows us to fulfill our commitment to combating hunger across the communities we serve.”
The Food Bank also thanked event Silver level sponsors: McLane Mid-Atlantic, Schmidt’s Baking Company, and Vickers & Nolan for their support. “Lee’s Hill Golf Course was a wonderful venue and its staff made it easy for everyone to have a good time” Klein said. She also said special thanks to Wegmans and W&G Construction for being cart sponsors, Wack General Contracting for being a hole and putting green sponsor, and Purvis Ford, Dominion Energy, and Devil’s Backbone for being driving range sponsors. The staff from VA Eagle provided refreshments throughout the course and Mission BBQ ensured our golfers were well fed. The fun-filled day at Lee’s Hill Golf Course was made even more exciting with the addition of a $10,000 cash hole-in-one prize contest sponsored by Fit20 USA.
The first, second, and third place teams for each day received a trophy for each player and either a Giant Food gift card courtesy of Giant Food or a free round of golf, including cart rental, courtesy of Lee’s Hill. The first place team for day one was the team of Joe Forrester, Mark Santelli, Andrew Wright, and John Stevens. The first place team for day two was the team of Don Mullins, Mitch Moats, Danny Williams, and Ed Medlin. Don Mullins, of Garnett Refrigeration was a big winner as he was on the first place team for day two and also won the $100 gift card for longest drive.
“At the end of the day, the real winners from this golf tournament are the people that will be provided food as a result of this event” stated Dayna Klein. Klein said that for every dollar raised, the FRFB can provide two meals back to the community. “That means this event will provide 60,000 meals as well as hope for the entire community. In fact, this was such a fun event; we already have sponsors wanting to sign up to help again next year... not bad for a few rounds of golf.”
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About Giant Food
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 167 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 167 stores are 158 full-service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation’s capital on February 6, 1936. Giving back to the community is a cornerstone that was instilled by the founders more than 81 years ago. The
company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2015, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $13.9 million, and the local grocer helped partners provide 88 million meals. For more information on Giant, visit www.giantfood.com.
About Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank
Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank – The Food Hub serving Planning District 16 which includes the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, Caroline, the City of Fredericksburg, and Locust Grove. The food bank secures and distributes more than 4 million pounds of donated food and grocery products annually. The FRFB provides
support for 69 local partner agencies, operating more than 160 programs including emergency shelters, food pantries, Food for Life senior feeding , the Mobile Pantry program, Club Kids II after school fresh snack program, Food-4-Families School Pantry program and the Kids on the Go Summer Feeding. For more information on the
Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, please visit www.fredfood.org.