EASTON — News of the success of Benedictine’s annual Charity Golf Tournament, held Friday, Oct. 18 at the Talbot Country Club in Easton, which raised $45,010 to help children and adults with developmental disabilities, inspired a Lewes, Del. couple to match the event’s fundraising total, according to a news release.

The $45,000 gift-match made Nov. 12 by John Johnson and Denise Kaczmarczyk, formerly of Chestertown, brings Benedictine’s fundraising total for the event to $90,000 in support of the organizations programs and services.

“We wanted to amplify the success of the golf outing and match the total raised by tournament participants in further support of the Benedictine mission,” Johnson said in a statement. “Perhaps our donation will inspire and remind others that Benedictine is a very worthy cause.”

The couple was reportedly introduced to Benedictine after reading about the funding needs of the Ridgely-based organization. Last fall the pair visited the campus and connected deeply with the organization’s mission, the release states.

Their gift will directly support the organization’s programs and services that provide community-based learning opportunities for over 150 adults as well as on campus functional academics for the school’s 60 students, according to the release.

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