“When was the last time you went to bed hungry and it was not on purpose?”
Dr. Salvatore Minicozzi, a Sandy Springs-based chiropractor, asks this question to motivate guests and attendees at his annual golf tournament to realize the importance of giving back to the community we live in.
Minicozzi combined a passion for golf and giving back to bring together the community for a good cause. “I play golf and wanted to host a fundraiser to support a local cause,” he said. “The outreach the food bank has across the state to combat food insecurity was something that resonated with me and it has been a great partnership ever since.”
For the past 12 years, he has hosted the Doctors Against Hunger Golf Tournament, which teed off on May 14 at Towne Lake Hills Golf Course in Woodstock. Over 150 participants came together to raise money for the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
Doctors Against Hunger has raised over $70,000 for the food bank and this year, it raised over $7,800 which will help ACFB and its partner agencies provide more than 31,000 meals across Georgia.
“[Dr. Sal’s] passion and energy for our mission is unmatched. He has touched the lives of thousands of Georgians since he started this tournament,” said Daphne Hill, events program manager.
Hosting events like a golf tournament is just one way the community can give back to ACFB. People can volunteer with the food bank by participating in various activities such as sorting and packing food at its facilities; help at the garden; or host food and fund drives to benefit the organization.
To date, the money raised through Doctors Against Hunger has helped ACFB purchase over $545,000 dollars of food. Minicozzi has set a life goal of raising over $1,000,000 worth of food for the nonprofit.
In other news: More than 60 Sherwin-Williams employees from Alpharetta on May 12 refreshed the Decatur-based Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta, a local organization with the goal of enabling all young people to become productive, caring and responsible adults. The project involved painting a chalkboard wall, various rooms and several classrooms of the 25,000 square foot facility.
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Who’s doing good? Each Tuesday, we write about charity events such as fun-runs, volunteer projects and other community gatherings that benefit a good cause. To suggest an event for us to cover, contact Devika Rao at doing.goodAJC@gmail.com