BIG FLATS, N.Y. (WENY) - The annual Habitat "Fore" Humanity Golf Tournament returned to Willowcreek Golf Club Friday.

The Elmira-Corning Board of Realtors partners with Habitat for Humanity to put on the charitable golf tournament. This year is their 20th year putting on the event. 

"It is just such an honor honestly", said Steuben County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Steve Daniels. "Just to see the level of support from the community, and they've been doing this for over 20 years. I'm just so honored to be apart of this organization and part of this community. They've been a big supporter of us for 30 years and all that money goes directly into supporting us and to building homes and hope in our community."

Warren Real Estate salesperson and Co-Chair of the tournament committee Derik Lisi said, "I mean what we do everyday is putting people in homes and giving them opportunities to have the "American Dream". Habitat is also doing that at a different level and providing for a lot of families. It just goes hand-in-hand to have the local Board of Realtors partner with Habitat."

Thirty-two teams made up of four golfers each came out to Willowcreek Golf Club to support the cause. There was raffle prizes, contests at some holes where the participants could donate more funds to benefit the cause, and a dinner at the end of the day.

"It's a fun tournament and for a great cause, Habitat for Humanity", said attendee John Gushue. "We've played in this for five years. We enjoy it, we look forward to it. It's very well run. Aside from the weather being a little sketchy today, it's still a great tournament and we enjoy it."

The golf tournament raises money to go directly to the Chemung, Steuben and Schuyler County Habitat for Humanity chapters. In 2023, the tournament raised over $32,000. This year, just over $31,000 was raised. Over the past two decades, they've raised over $300,000 total. The money has gone towards building over 30 homes just in Steuben County alone. 

If you or someone you know wants to volunteer, donate or apply for homeownership with Habitat for Humanity, email [email protected]