Editor’s Note: This article spotlights a fundraiser for the Ada Jenkins Center, a nonprofit organization in Davidson, NC, that helps those in poverty break the cycle and gain economic independence. You can read more about this fantastic organization in this previously published article: Ada Jenkins Center. — Hanna Schoenrock, Managing Editor
Golfers raise $36,200 for the Center
During Ada Jenkins Center’s successful Golfing for Good event on Monday, May 17, seventeen teams of golfers hit the links under sunny skies at the River Run Country Club in Davidson, raising $36,200 for the Center.
Golfing for Good – A safe way to raise funds during Covid
In the past, Ada Jenkins Center’s spring gala has been the agency’s primary fundraising event each year, bringing 300 friends together to celebrate community support of the Center. The gala was canceled during both 2020 and 2021 due to COVID; in its place, Golfing for Good was created this year so that AJC friends could safely gather outside.
The pivot due to Covid – The continued effort to serve families
“Like everyone – families, businesses, and nonprofit agencies – the Ada Jenkins Center has been changed by COVID-19,” says Harold E. Rice, Jr., the Center’s CEO. “Our health services were forced to pause as a result of the pandemic. Our food pantry transitioned to a ‘drive-through’ service. We served as a distribution point for federal CARES Act funding to help clients pay their mortgage, rent, and utility bills. Many of our own employees had to work remotely so that they could balance their children’s new virtual learning experience with their commitment to our clients.” Further, says Rice, “We’ve pivoted some of our services, including moving to a regional partnership model for our medical and dental programs, so we could best serve the families who rely on us, and we did so while facing decreased contributions from some of our major funders.”
Golfing for Good sponsors included Bank of America (Champion Sponsor), Novant Health (Golf Cart Sponsor), Trane Technologies (Registration Sponsor), Davidson Wealth Management (Tournament Meal Sponsor), Hyde Park Storage (Putting Green Sponsor), the Vine Society (Beverage Cart Sponsor), The Alexander Realty Group (Gift Bag Sponsor), and hole sponsors: The Alexander Realty Group, Stacey and Keith Anderson, Carolina Oral & Facial Surgery, C. DeWitt Foard & Co., and FIG Marketing.
Images courtesy of Ada Jenkins Center
The Ada Jenkins Center has stood in Davidson for more than 80 years as a hub for education and community services in northern Mecklenburg County. With services including social work case management; housing, employment and financial coaching; youth and adult education; and food pantry, we help people in our community create lasting solutions for economic stability. As a result of COVID-19, since March 2020 we have assisted more than 330 families with emergency payments toward rent and utilities; and provided food to more than 2,500 people at our food pantry. To learn more: www.adajenkins.org.