Golf boosts Food Bank

By Todd Cohen

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The 11th annual Lowes Foods Golf Tournament raised $150,000 for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina in Winston-Salem.

The event, held Aug. 3 at Tanglewood Park, drew nearly 600 golfers and brings to nearly $1.5 million the total the tournament has raised for the Food Bank, which estimates it can distribute $15 worth of food and related products for every $1 it receives.

Of the $150,000 donated this year, $100,000 will be used to buy food, resulting in the distribution of $1.5 million worth of food.

“We think that’s a pretty respectable return on behalf of the poor and needy who are our neighbors,” says Nan Griswold, the Food Bank’s executive director.

Of the remaining donation from the tournament, $25,000 will support the Food Bank’s $1.8 million capital campaign that now has raised $1.45 million to finance expansion of its facility. Another $25,000 from the tournament will be used for a Food Bank endowment that Lowes created when the tournament was launched in 1981 and that has grown to $250,000, mainly from annual donations from the tournament.

The tournament attracted 113 sponsors including T.W. Garner, Edens & Avant, Pepsi and S&H Greenpoints.

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