The Knights of Columbus Council 6520 serve as greeters and work the sign-up tent during the 12th annual charity golf tournament. Courtesy photo
The Knights of Columbus Council 6520 serve as greeters and work the sign-up tent during the 12th annual charity golf tournament. Courtesy photo

St. Mary of the Lakes Knights of Columbus Council 6520 recently hosted its 12th annual charity golf tournament, raising more than $54,000 for local social service organizations.

The proceeds, a 30 percent increase from last year, went to Medford’s St. Vincent de Paul conference, the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Burlington County and 1st Way of Burlington County. The golf outing was held in the Medford Village Country Club.

Father Daniel Swift, pastor of Medford’s St. Mary of the Lakes Parish, was on hand to offer thanks and a prayer before the day’s dinner.

“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,” Council 6520 Grand Knight Don Bouchard said.

Chris Comer, Pat Day, Stephen Flurry and Mike Noble won the tournament, which featured 144 golfers.

Over the past year, Medford’s SVDP 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.

The Interfaith Hospitality Network of Burlington County is a nonprofit interfaith organization that helps provide shelter, meals and assistance to homeless families. The 1st Way of Burlington County aids any woman or girl with an unplanned pregnancy find medical, legal or psychological help as well as shelter, education or adoption guidance.