Reliant Foundation’s 26th Annual Drive for a Difference Golf Classic and Auction Raises More Than $185,000 to Support Community Grants

Proceeds Will Fund Mental Health, Substance Use Recovery

It was a great day on the links for a great cause, as Reliant Foundation’s 26th annual Drive for a Difference Golf Classic and Auction took place at Pleasant Valley Country Club on May 20, raising $185,000 in support of its Community Grants program. Event proceeds add to the more than $6.2 million raised through this event since its inception.

“We were once again blessed with amazing weather for this year’s event – matched only by the energy and excitement brought by our participants, sponsors, and volunteers,” said Kelsa Zereski, President of Reliant Foundation. “We’re incredibly grateful to our donors; their unwavering support allows us to stay focused on essential community health needs with the goal of making more than $850,000 in grants by the end of this year.”

Following the round, more than 150 golfers and guests enjoyed a social reception, dinner, auction, and awards program. The reception featured the Foundation’s annual Impact Video, highlighting three of the grantees who received funding in the prior year: LUK Inc.’s mental health awareness and suicide prevention training program; Rainbow Child Development Center’s art and music therapy programs for students and mental health awareness training for its staff; and Veterans Inc.’s expansion of their RRS-COE (residential recovery support co-occurring enhanced services) 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, and initiatives aimed at eliminating the stigma associated with these issues. More than 50 local organizations and individuals provided sponsorship of the event, including lead sponsors: North Bridge Wealth Management; The Hanover Insurance Group Foundation; Robert Klugman, MD and Jane Klugman; Mass General Brigham Health Plan; and Point32Health Foundation.

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

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 community health issues like substance use, and children’s mental health. Our charity partners work with thousands of individuals in our community to provide life-saving recovery coaching, mental health and behavioral health services, and impactful education and initiatives to reduce the stigma around these issues. For more information, please visit ; www.reliantfoundation.org.