September 24, 2020
The event raises charitable dollars for the Blackie Wills Community Leadership Fund – supporting the Wills Group’s community engagement efforts to address the needs of individuals and families in local communities
The Wills Group, a family-owned company headquartered in La Plata, Maryland, raised more than $153,000 in support of the Blackie Wills Community Leadership Fund at its fourth annual Blackie Wills Golf Classic event.
This year’s Golf Classic, held on Monday, September 14, took place at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Maryland. To ensure the health and well-being of guests, all activities followed
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Maryland Department of Health safety guidelines.
Since March 2020, the Wills Group has donated $500,000 through the Blackie Wills Community Leadership Fund to support regional food banks and nonprofit organizations as they address increased hunger and food insecurity as a result of COVID-19.
Funds raised at this year’s Blackie Wills Golf Classic event will help to support the Wills Group’s ongoing community engagement efforts to end childhood hunger, as well as respond to increased needs of children and families in local communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our communities need us now, more than ever. COVID-19 has shone a bright light on the disparities in our communities and the increased needs of our most vulnerable neighbors,” said Lock Wills, Chairman, CEO and President of the Wills Group. “We are thankful for everyone who participated in this year’s golf classic and contributed to the Blackie Wills Community Leadership Fund. These contributions will enable the Wills Group to continue our efforts to end childhood hunger.”
For more information about the Wills Group’s philanthropic response to the pandemic, visit willsgroup.com/covid-19.
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About Wills Group, Inc.
Headquartered in La Plata, Maryland, the Wills Group has nearly 300 retail locations across the Mid-Atlantic region, including Dash In, Splash In ECO Car Wash, and SMO Motor Fuels. A family-owned company since 1926 with expertise in convenience retailing, fuels marketing, and commercial real estate, the Wills Group prides itself on keeping customers, employees and communities’ Lives in Motion. For more information about the Wills Group, visit willsgroup.com.
About The Blackie Wills Community Leadership Fund
The Blackie Wills Community Leadership Fund was created in remembrance of the Wills Group President Julian Blacklock “Blackie” Wills and his commitment to giving back to local communities. Carrying on this tradition at the Wills Group, The Blackie Wills Community Leadership Fund actively reinvests in the community in order to help keep lives in motion and ensure people in need have opportunities to achieve their hopes and dreams . The Blackie Wills Community Leadership Fund (BWCLF) is a component fund within Chesapeake Charities, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The Chesapeake Charities financial statement is available on their website, www.chesapeakecharities.org, at their office located at 101 Log Canoe Circle, Suite 0, Stevensville, MD 21666, or through the Secretary of State, Charitable Division, State House, Annapolis, MD 21401.