Two local animal welfare organizations are among the charitable causes that have benefitted this year from the Higgins Memorial Golf Tournament Fund at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation.

The foundation board of directors recently approved $7,250 in grants from the Higgins Memorial Golf Tournament Fund to support eight nonprofit organizations, including the SPCA in Cattaraugus County and Empire Animal Rescue Society (EARS) which each received $1,000.

The grants were recommended by the Higgins Memorial committee, headed by Frank Higgins of Olean.

The board also approved grants of $1,000 each from the fund to the St. Bonaventure University golf team, the Olean General Hospital Foundation and the Southern Tier Child Advocacy Center.

Grants of $500 each to the Olean City School District Foundation, HomeCare and Hospice, the ReHabilitation Center and the Salvation Army were approved as well as $250 to the Town of Olean Fire Department.

Donations to the Higgins Memorial Golf Tournament Fund are welcome and should be made care of the Community Foundation at 120 North Union Street, Olean, or online at