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25 years equals $1M: That’s how much has been raised so far by this association for this local nonprofit

The presentation to the Ford's Colony Country Club General Manager and staff members and Ford's Colony Men's Golf Association members by members of the OTMDC Board of Directors and members of the OTMDC staff. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Michelle Williams)
The presentation to the Ford’s Colony Country Club General Manager and staff members and Ford’s Colony Men’s Golf Association members by members of the OTMDC Board of Directors and members of the OTMDC staff. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Michelle Williams)

A milestone.

That what the Ford’s Colony Men’s Golf Association is calling the product of 25 years of golf tournaments benefiting Olde Towne Medical & Dental Center.

Those 25 years netted a total of $1 million.

“This outstanding achievement is due to the generosity of the Ford’s Colony Men’s Golf Association, Resident Giving and the Ford’s Colony Country Club. OTMDC is honored to be included in the hearts of so many wonderful and generous members of our community. Thank you. We are truly grateful,” according to a statement from OTMDC.

Just recently, the Ford’s Colony Men’s Golf Association’s Olde Towne Medical & Dental Center Challenge raised $79,000 for medical and dental patients in the Historic Triangle.

The funding came from Ford’s Colony residents, corporate sponsors, area businesses, and tournament players of the 25th annual golf tournament this year.

“This was a year of uncertainty for the 25th anniversary of the OTMDC Challenge, and we encountered some major challenges trying to make this event a reality,” said R.M. Iwaszko, committee chairman for the OTMDC Challenge, in a news release. “It was through the coordination and creative efforts of our many volunteers that we were able to achieve these extraordinary results.”

Olde Towne Medical & Dental Center, 5249 Olde Towne Road, Suite D, Williamsburg, is a nonprofit, community-based rural health clinic providing health and dental services to the uninsured and underinsured residents living and working in Williamsburg, James City and York counties.

As with many events this year, the OTMDC Challenge was jeopardized by the onset of the pandemic, but they were able to postpone the tournament, which usually takes place in May, until October.

Despite concerns about lower turnout and thus a lower-yielding fundraiser, $79,000 is the highest contribution amount to OTMDC to date.

And at a time when health care is of the utmost importance, this fundraiser was a much-need glimmer of hope for both patients and medical professionals in Williamsburg, according to the news release.

“We are grateful to the Ford’s Colony Men’s Golf Association for 25 years of community support,” said Aaron Thompson, executive director of Olde Towne Medical & Dental Center, in a news release. “Their altruistic commitment to our patient population is commendable and appreciated. We look forward to our continued partnership.”

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