Golf Tournament Raises $17,755 for Safe Haven Shelter

Golf Tournament Raises $17,755 for Safe Haven Shelter

(L-R) Donna Buchan (Lutherwood Executive Director), John Colangeli (Lutherwood CEO) and Kelly Craigmile (Lutherwood Residential Program Supervisor), Andrew Fielding, Director and Chair of KWAR' Golf Tournament, Lynn Bebenek, President of KWAR

(L-R) Donna Buchan (Lutherwood Executive Director), Kelly Craigmile (Lutherwood Residential Program Supervisor), John Colangeli (Lutherwood CEO), Andrew Fielding (Chair of KWAR’ Golf Task Force), and Lynn Bebenek (President of KWAR)

KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON (July 17, 2014) –The Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR) is pleased to announce that it has donated $17,755 to benefit Lutherwood’s Safe Haven Shelter. The funds were raised through the Association’s 21st annual charity golf tournament held at Conestoga Golf Club on Tuesday June 17, 2014.

At Safe Haven, children between the ages of 12 to 18 can find safety, shelter and support.  Children knock on the door, any time of day and get a place to sleep, eat and counseling to help them find a better direction in their lives. “Last year almost 600 children came to Safe Haven,” said Donna Buchan, Executive Director of Lutherwood Child and Family Foundation.  “Many of these children are experiencing conflict and family breakdown, struggling with mental health issues, poverty, and conflict with the law, addiction and abusive home situations. This donation means a lot as it will enable us to continue to provide a safe and supportive environment for youth at risk of being homeless.”

“As REALTORS® we are proud to be investing in our community by supporting local shelter-related causes such as Lutherwood’s Safe Haven,” says Lynn Bebenek, President of KWAR. “Our annual golf tournament is just one of the many ways our members are giving back and enhancing the quality of life in our community.”

119 golfers and numerous sponsors participated in the tournament, including: RBC Royal Bank, The Waterloo Region Record, Heffner Lexus/Heffner Toyota, CBRE Limited, Canadian Home Inspection, Greg Crawford and HomesPlus, Geowarehouse/Teranet, Frank Cararre and The Law Firm of Madorin Snyder LLP, Hawksview Homes, Re/Max Twin City Realty Inc, Victor Zamin and ScotiaBank, This Week in Real Estate, Victor Hussein Law Office, and Piller’s Sausage Delicatessens Ltd. A BIG THANKS to all our sponsors. You can view them all in the Sponsor’s Directory.