EDMONTON, ALTA. – The Alberta auto dealers have done it again, raising $320,010 for Special Olympics Alberta (SOA) at this year’s annual MDA Charity Golf Classic.
“I am absolutely blown away by the generosity of our industry,” exclaimed an overjoyed Doug Airey, general manager of Western Pontiac Buick GMC and chair of the 26th annual Motor Dealers’ Association of Alberta (MDA) Charity Classic after announcing this year’s fundraising tally that benefits Alberta’s special athletes.
“Because of the dedication of our members and the bigheartedness of our guests and sponsors, in the past two days, we’ve raised $320,010.” The MDA Charity Classic is the culmination of months of planning and hundreds of volunteer hours by association members and staff.
Since its inception, the MDA Charity Classic has raised over $4.8 million for SOA. The event included a dinner and auction at the Marriott River Cree Resort on August 18 and a golf tournament at the Glendale Golf and Country Club the following day.
Airey said this year’s tally eclipsed last year’s by over $60,000 and brings the total money raised by the even to over $4.8 million. “The dedication of the organizing committee, and support from all of the event sponsors, auction donors, and guests ensures that more than 3,000 athletes get a chance to live a dream,” SOA president Carmen Wyton told the participants.
“Thank you for helping celebrate dignity, acceptance and strength.”