The 28th annual MDA Charity Classic raised $250,012 for Special Olympics Alberta, pushing the event’s cumulative tally to over $5.5 million.
“I am so proud to be part of an industry that has had such a positive impact on the lives of so many. Providing Special Olympians the opportunity to dream, to achieve, to learn and to thrive is extremely rewarding,” said the event’s co-chair, Garrett Scott of Scott Subaru.
Special Olympics Alberta (SOA) offers sports programs in communities across the province for over 3000 Albertans with an intellectual disability. What began as a dream to unite auto dealers across the province in the effort to make a difference to their communities has grown into SOA’s most significant fundraiser, representing 30 per cent of its annual budget.
“Special Olympics Alberta is privileged to be the charity of choice for the MDA,” SOA president and CEO Kirk De Fazio told participants. “Your work and your support make it possible for athletes with an intellectual disability to have hope. Each of you is truly a difference maker in the world.”
Scott and his co-chair, Darren Easy of Festival Ford, said they were proud to co-chair the event’s return to its roots in Red Deer, where it was held for the first 19 years.
Moreover, both are second-generation Red Deer dealers championing the event, following in the footsteps of their fathers, Chuck Easy and Gord Scott. The MDA Charity Classic encompassed two events: a gala dinner and auction, held at the Sheraton Hotel Red Deer on September 16th and a golf tournament at the Red Deer Golf and Country Club the following day.
“We’ve been blessed with success because of the dedication of our members and the generosity of our guests and sponsors,” says MDA president Denis Ducharme.