Golf tournament in Springfield raises money for at risk teens

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A fundraiser to help at risk youth and their families was held Saturday at Franconia Golf Course in Springfield.

Different skillsets, but one goal, raising funds for “I Found Light Against All Odds.” This is their fourth annual fundraiser scramble tournament. All to help out a non-profit. It’s goal is to aid at risk youth and their families through social, emotional and economic challenges, giving them the tools they need for those going through challenging times and providing guidance.

Stefan Davis, CEO and President of I Found Light Against All Odds told 22News, “A sign of unity for one common cause and that’s to help at risk youth that are in darkness that are searching for light in their lives. So the golf tournament itself is a beacon of that.”

Davis said they sold out months in advance with a total of 144 golfers, all hoping to win cash prizes and more.

22News spoke with golfers Saturday that said it’s not about the competition, but the community and the organization that they’re helping out.

“It means a lot when you give kids the opportunity they never had. You know and we all agree what comes from the heart touches the heart and that’s what he’s doing each and every day with these children,” said Manfred Slaughter of Pittsfield.

Saturday’s fundraiser will go towards several programs, including a future homeless shelter project called “I Found Light Against All Odds Lighthouse for Homeless Teen Girls.”

22News is a community partner and sponsor of “I Found Light” and our own Ciara Speller will be taking part in the festivities.

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