Wounded Warrior tournament a success

To the Editor:

The 2012 Vermont Wounded Warrior Golf Tournament Committee recently wrapped up its work for the first golf tournament in Vermont to bring awareness to the plight of Vermont Wounded Warriors.

The inaugural event was held at the Manchester Country Club on Sept. 5 with close to 120 golfers participating, 20 of whom were Wounded Warriors. At the conclusion of the 18 holes of golf, over 150 attended dinner at the club and were entertained by the USO/Liberty Bells from New York City. Through the generosity of The Orvis Company, each Wounded Warrior was presented with a complete fly fishing equipment package along with a lesson on fly fishing provided at The Orvis Company's fly fishing school in Manchester, Vermont.

Jonathan E. Farnham, Brigadier General (Ret) of the Vermont National Guard delivered the Keynote address and his comments were well received by all in attendance. The general along with Russ Mills, Chairman, of the Manchester County Club's Board of Trustees and Dalton Blackwell, Director of Operations for Plasan North America, the tournament's title sponsor, presented the First Annual Manchester Country Club Vermont Wounded Warrior Service plaque to Wounded Warrior, Brent Filson, Captain(Ret) U.S. Marine Corps.

While the 2012 Vermont Wounded Warrior Golf Tournament was never meant to be a fund-raising event, the Committee is pleased to announce that the Vermont Veterans Home of Bennington was given a check for $8,000. The Dodge House of Rutland received $6,000 and the Open Door Mission shelter in Rutland received $2,000. All of these organizations provide assistance to veterans.

The $16,000 in donations to these organizations would not have happened had it not been for the over-whelming support from sponsors and over 70 tee sign contributors.

The 17 member committee has been given the winter to rest before starting up for next year's tournament. And in doing so, will continue to recall the tournament's motto--- Sacrificium Est Sempre Memorabile---Sacrifice Is Always Remembered.

Don Keelan

Committee chairman, Arlington


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