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Pay It Forward

Golfing for a Good Cause

Adam Roloff started a golf tournament to raise money for people and organizations in need.

“Everything went better than I could have even envisioned... it’s just an amazing feeling..” – Adam Roloff
Adam Roloff

Bell Employee

Adam Roloff

Woodbury, Minnesota


Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf; a family whose daughter was born without arms; and Kirk Ingram, who was injured in a diving accident

The Need

Inspired by Bell’s Pay It Forward program, Adam Roloff, a senior loan officer in Bell’s Woodbury location, founded the Pay It Forward Golf Classic in 2016 with help from his wife, Sara, and Bell co-workers Shelby Allen and Beth Eider.

Adam and Sara personally donated the initial cost of the event. The tournament drew 146 golfers and raised more than $30,000.

The Impact

Adam and his team divided the proceeds equally among three local recipients: Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf at Woodbury Lutheran Church; a family whose daughter was born prematurely without arms; and Kirk Ingram, a young father who was paralyzed from the neck down following a diving accident. His newborn daughter was just two weeks old when it happened.

“He was barely able to even hold his daughter,” Adam said.

Adam and his team plan to host the tournament annually in September, choosing three new recipients each year.

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