What began more than 30 years ago with a few dozen people enjoying a round of golf for a good cause has morphed into one of the premier fundraisers in Chester County.
A total of 228 golfers representing more than 100 local companies recently hit the greens at Whitford Country Club for the 33rd Annual Hankin Golf Invitational, which once again raised a record amount for Handi-Crafters, the event’s beneficiary.
“About six years ago, I joined the board of Handi-Crafters and fell in love with the organization, their mission, and everything about them,” Michael Hankin, the Chief Operating Officer of Hankin Group, said about the Thorndale-based nonprofit.
Handi-Crafters is a work center that empowers individuals with disabilities to lead more independent, productive, and fulfilling lives. In 2014, Hankin Group, which has been developing real estate for more than 55 years, designated proceeds from its annual corporate golf outing to benefit Handi-Crafters.
“Last year, we broke the $ 1 million mark,” said Hankin. “And this year, we’ve raised an additional $250,000, which is a record for us. It shows you how much people care about this organization.”
Exton-based Bentley Systems co-presented the event.
“Handi-Crafters is a very near and dear organization to us,” said Daniel Koval, Bentley’s Corporate Initiatives Manager. “We’re excited to support them and be part of their mission.”
For almost 60 years, Handi-Crafters has been enriching the lives of differently abled citizens through employment. It achieves its goals through partnerships with community employers and the acquisition of work contracts with real businesses that choose socially responsible outsourcing for their projects.
“I encourage everyone to visit Handi-Crafters,” said Brian Nagle, the organization’s President and a Partner at MacElree Harvey. “You’ll see that it’s a place of tremendous enjoyment for our clients, whether it be in their work, in their interaction with their fellow clients, the staff, board members who come through, or visitors.”
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