Despite ongoing pandemic and inflation challenges, Medford Knights Charity Fund, a New Jersey nonprofit corporation, recently raised $83,000 during its 15th annual charity golf tournament for Medford’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Family Promise of Burlington County, and 1st Way of Burlington County. The proceeds are a 23 percent increase from the 2021 tournament.

“We are grateful to our sponsors, golfers, and volunteers, all of whom recognized the continued impact of current challenges on organizations within in our communities that treat every man, woman, and child with respect, dignity, and compassion,” said Don Bouchard, Council 6520 Past Grand Knight, who co-chaired the event.

The event had 50 sponsors, including Holman (Driving What’s Right), Healthcare Stakeholders Solutions LLC, The Law Office of David J. Karbasian, PC, Miles Technologies and Zallie's Fresh Kitchen at ShopRite of Medford. Holman and Burns Honda generously supplied vehicles for a chance to win with a hole in one. The event also featured lunch, dinner and a live auction.

“We are also grateful to our 10 Gold Sponsors, 11 Silver Sponsors, 21 Bronze Sponsors, 40 boosters, 72 local merchants who donated items for the prizes, and local golf courses that donated foursomes for auction who ‘chipped in for charity’ to make our annual tournament an overwhelming success,” added Bouchard. “And we were thrilled to have 200 registered golfers and representatives from each organization for the awards presentation and an incredible dinner.

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic lay organization. Dedicated to the principles of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism, the Knights provide members and their families with volunteer opportunities for service to people of all backgrounds. During the past year, Knights around the world donated more than 47 million service hours and $150 million for worthy causes in their communities.

St. Vincent de Paul is a Catholic lay organization that allows women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering. During the last fiscal year, the Medford Conference helped more than 6,500 men, women, and children in more than 1,700 families with spiritual assistance and food, clothing, and financial help for rent and mortgage, auto insurance, utilities, health care, and other expenses valued at more than $360,000.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Family Promise of Burlington County is a non-profit interfaith organization committed to a united outreach by the religious community in Burlington County providing shelter, meals, and assistance to homeless families. The program provides help, hope, and a safe haven for guests while they seek affordable housing. Since 1997 Family Promise has hosted 450 families and more than 900 children. In 2021, Family Promise provided 3,888 total nights of shelter.

1st Way of Burlington County helps any woman or girl with an unplanned pregnancy find medical, legal, or psychological help as well as shelter, education, or adoption guidance. 1st Way provides free resources which support life affirming choices through a loving, non-judgement approach with peer counseling, education, and practical services. In 2021, 1st Way distributed 30,900 diapers/pull ups, 600 boxes of wipes, 750 bottles of lotion, baby wash, and shampoo, 1,000 jars of baby food, 400 cans of formula, and 100 large baby items such as playpens and hundreds of articles of clothing.