VT Wounded Warrior Golf Tournament Helps Local Veterans
Over the past four years, the Vermont Wounded Warriors Golf Tournament has raised more than $160,000 for organizations that help Vermont Veterans in need. This year’s event takes place at Manchester Country Club on Wednesday, September 7.
Started in 2012 by a group of local citizens concerned about the welfare of returning combat Veterans, this effort has no connection to the National Wounded Warriors Project; it was planned so that 100 percent of donations go directly to local community service organizations. Each year, the event honors more than 30 Vermont warriors who served in combat in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Gulf War, Korea and Vietnam. Teams of three community members each host a Warrior who plays at no cost. Local organizations who have benefited from past donations from the tournament include Bennington County Meals on Wheels, the Bennington Veterans and Family Outreach Center, Purple Hearts Reunited, the Vermont Veterans’ Home and the Dodge House Homeless Shelter. The day begins with a flag-raising ceremony followed by golf and a celebratory dinner banquet. This year’s banquet will be presided over by Arlington’s Donald Keelan, with entertainment by the USO’s Show Troupe, a keynote address by Major General Steven Cray, Adjutant General of Vermont, and the presentation of a Tournament Award of Recognition, honoring the service of local citizens who have made an exemplary contribution to the welfare of Veterans in Vermont.
There are still slots available for Veterans who served in combat, as well as a limited number of three-person teams. If you know of a Warrior who would be interested in playing, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration forms for teams can be picked up at the Manchester Country Club or downloaded from the tournament website at vtww.org. The cost for a teams is $500.
To learn more, go to vtww.org. Donations can make checks out to MCC-Wounded Warriors and mail them to MCC-Wounded Warriors, PO Box 947, Manchester Center, VT 05255.