22nd Annual Fresh Start Charity Golf Classic raises more than $375,000

The Fresh Start Men’s Board works (Submitted photo)

The Fresh Start Men’s Board works (Submitted photo)

More than $375,000 was raised at the 22nd Annual Fresh Start Charity Golf Classic held at Kierland Golf Course on Nov. 4.

Presented by Valley Toyota dealers, more than 230 golfers teed off for the fundraising event, according to a press release. Proceeds will benefit programs and services offered at Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, a Phoenix-based, non-profit organization serving women seeking to transform their lives

“Each year, the Fresh Start Men’s Board works tirelessly to put together the Golf Classic because we are committed to helping women and children, the bedrock of our society,” said Brett Angner, Fresh Start’s Men’s Board chairman, in a prepared statement. “We are incredibly grateful to all of our sponsors, including Valley Toyota dealers, and for the community’s involvement. They come back year- after-year to support Fresh Start and help make the event a huge success. In fact, this year, the event sold out in July. “

In addition to breakfast, lunch and beverages, while golfers played the course, there was an awards banquet and live auction afterwards, the release said, adding that the tournament offered 12 hole-in-one opportunities to win an array of vehicles courtesy of Valley Toyota Dealers.

Attendees and the community could purchase $100 raffle tickets for a chance to win a new 2017 Toyota Prius. The raffle raised $26,000—which is part of the total $375,000 grossed by the event—and was awarded to Bennett Brown of Phoenix.

“The Golf Classic is an important component to Fresh Start’s financial health, as our second largest annual fundraiser,” said Susan Berman, president and CEO of Fresh Start, in a prepared statement. “Because of the Men’s Board’s commitment to arranging a successful event, and because of the incredible generosity of the Valley, we are able to continue providing quality career, education, and support services, like mentoring, family law support and social work to women who are looking to improve their lives.”

For information on the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation go to freshstartwomen.org.

A new 2017 Toyota Prius was the raffle drawing prize. (Submitted photo)

A new 2017 Toyota Prius was the raffle drawing prize. (Submitted photo)

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