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Partnership Golf raises $65,000 to help towards global poverty

June 2008
Partnership Golf raises $65,000 to help towards global poverty

On May 13th, at the Country Club of the South, 86 golfers took a swing at ending global poverty at the annual Partnership Golf Tournament. Partnership Golf was an initiative of Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. (AKF USA non-profit) to raise funds and awareness to eliminate hunger, disease, illiteracy, and poverty in Africa and Asia. Approximately $65,000 was raised at the charity event.

With over half of the world’s population surviving on less than $2 per day, golfers participating at this tournament helped communities in some of the poorest areas of Africa and Asia create long-term, self-help solutions to reduce conditions of poverty. 100% of donations and all net proceeds from the Partnership Golf tournament went directly to projects supported by the Foundation.

While enjoying a day out on the green with friends and colleagues, Partnership Golf, inspired by Partnership Walk, offered Americans an exclusive opportunity to create broader awareness about the role that community-based international development projects play in promoting peace and global security.

To kick off the tournament, Mayor of Johns Creek, Mike Bodker, greeted the golfers at the start of the event and thanked all participants and sponsors. Following the tournament, an awards ceremony and luncheon were held featuring keynote speaker Melvin Everson, Georgia State Representative who conveyed a heartfelt message to golfers. He noted that the Foundation demonstrates how working together can make a tremendous impact on saving and improving lives of the poor around the world. Other distinguished guests included Mike Beaudreau, Gwinnett County Commissioner; John Davidson, Chief of Lilburn Police; Jerry Dean Weber, Reverend and President of Brookwood Cluster Foundation; and Jerry Oberholtzer, Mayor of Snellville.

The Foundation invests in people to help impoverished communities and families seize the opportunity to move toward greater choice and voice in order to improve their lives. By promoting quality education, improving health care and placing tools for economic empowerment into the hands of people, the Foundation helps them build the skills necessary to lead self-sufficient, healthy and dignified lives.

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