Proceeds will fund mental health and behavioral health for youth,
and substance use prevention and recovery for all ages for Public Health Programs

golfers playing in the Drive For a Difference Golf Classic
Enjoying a great day on the links for a great cause at Reliant Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Drive for a Difference: F.W. Madigan team, Andrew Madigan, Kyle Macdonald, James Shaw and Eric Tidman. The
team placed second overall in the Men’s Division.

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of its annual Drive for a Difference Golf Classic and Auction at Pleasant Valley Country Club earlier this month, Reliant Foundation raised more than $208,000 in support of its Community Grants Program. Event proceeds add to the more than $6 million raised through this event since its inception.

“We could not have asked for a better day to celebrate 25 years of Drive for a Difference – the weather was beautiful, the golf course was full, the auction items were spectacular, and the energy was amazing,” said Kelsa Zereski, President of Reliant Foundation. “As we’ve seen year after year, our participants, sponsors and volunteers were incredibly supportive – they truly helped us make this year special.”

Following the round, guests enjoyed a cocktail reception featuring music by local recording artist, Cara Brindisi, dinner and awards. The evening’s program premiered the Foundation’s annual Impact Video, highlighting area nonprofits who were funded through the 2022 Community Grants Program.

The event’s auction offered supporters the opportunity to bid online throughout the day and featured exclusive getaways, concerts, dining experiences, sporting events, and more.

Proceeds from Drive for a Difference will allow Reliant Foundation to continue supporting nonprofit organizations in the region that provide programs and services to address mental health and behavioral health (particularly for children and youth), recovery programming for individuals battling substance use disorder, and initiatives aimed at eliminating the stigma associated with these issues.

More than 35 local organizations and individuals provided sponsorship of the event, including: North Bridge Wealth Management, Country Bank, Mass General Brigham Health Plan, Dr. Marianne Felice, The Hanover Insurance Group Foundation, Point32Health Foundation, Dr. Robert Klugman, Fallon Health, Harmony Health Group, and Robert Half.

For more information about how to support the Reliant Foundation or how to apply for a grant, visit

Drive for a Difference Cocktail Sponsor, Country Bank, was represented by Carla Alves, Angela Barahona,
Brooke Marshall, and Jane Barbash. Ms. Barbash won the Long Drive Competition in the Women’s

About The Reliant Foundation

Established in 1988, Reliant Foundation is an independent public charity, not affiliated with any health care facility or medical group, whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of individuals of all ages in the Central and MetroWest regions of Massachusetts. As a 501(c)3 charity, the Foundation offers grants to non-profit organizations within its service area for the purpose of supporting programs that battle critical public health issues like substance use disorder, and children’s mental health. Our charity partners provide life-saving Recovery Coaching, Tele-Mental health and Behavioral health, Grief Counseling, and more to thousands of individuals in our community. For more information, please visit