The latest from Wellesley, Mass., charity and fundraising:

Raider Classic Golf Tournament Raises $20,000 for Wellesley METCO Program

Friends of Wellesley METCO received a check for $20,000 from the inaugural Raider Classic charity golf tournament, held this summer at the Sandy Burr Country Club in Wayland. Eighty golfers took part in the event, which, according to Friends Co-Chair Tinea Rochelle, “exceeded our wildest expectations for Year 1…With feedback from players and attendees, we are looking forward to taking this event to the next level for years to come.”

This idea started when a few friends got together to celebrate the bonds made through WellesleyMETCO, which brings together urban and peri-urban students in the city. These friends included Brendan Brooks, Reid Kapinos Drew Kelton and Conor McCormack.

“As the parent of 2 Wellesley METCO High School graduates, it is with great pride to say that Wellesley METCO truly has the friendship and support of the community,” Rochelle writes.

Friends of Wellesley METCO is an all-volunteer non-profit organization whose mission is to help Wellesley METCO students build their community and provide support for academic success.

Reid Kapinos, WHS grad, Friends of Wellesley METCO Co-Chair Tinea Rochelle, Wellesley High Assistant Principal DrewKelton & WHS grad Conor McCormack

Relay For Life participants wanted

Relay for LifeThe Charles River Relay For Life, which raises money for the American Cancer Society, is looking for students and adults in Wellesley and the surrounding area. The event will take place at Newman School in Needham on May 20.

With the COVID-19 pandemic derailing the event for the past two years, organizers are looking to restore old connections and create new ones to make the event a success.

At Relay for Life, community members take turns walking on a trail lined with light bags. Those who are or have lived with cancer, as well as their supporters, participate in the event, which includes entertainment and runs throughout the night.