BHA Charity Golf Tournament Raises $3,000 for Charity
If an event’s success could be measured in the generosity of participants, sponsors, and donors, and the selfless service of community volunteers, then the Bloomingdale Homeowners Association Charity Golf Tournament held May 10 at the Bloomingdale Golfers Club was an unqualified success.
BHA President and Golf Committee Chairperson George May said, “We had great support from our sponsors and donors this year, and we want to thank each of them for their contributions.” (See sponsor and donor thank you insert)
This year’s tournament raised $3,000 for K9s for Warriors, an organization dedicated to helping military servicemen and women suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, traumatic brain injury, and mobility issues. Not only does the organization benefit the military, 95% of the dogs trained to become service dogs are rescue dogs or come from shelters.
Many players had military connections and came solely to support the cause. On hand to put a face on the organization were “K9 Warrior Teams”, Jon Ellyson and Scout, and Matt Metts and Bouncer. Recent graduates of the 3-week training program matching K9 and veteran, both spoke eloquently about their past experiences and what the community’s support of K9s for Warriors meant to them.
May said, “Jon and Matt were fantastic ambassadors for the charity, and provided first-hand insight to our participants about PTSD. While playing golf in the tournament was fun, it became secondary to trying to do something positive for K9s for Warriors.”
Tournament winners were: First Place- Tom Ruh, Brian Schmitt, Bob Szczesny, and Jeff Fabry; Second Place- Tom Michael, Bobby Michael, Tim Miller, and Nick Cooper.
According to May, the BHA is already focused on next year’s event where the goal will be more players and sponsors. “This was a first-time event for many of our board members, and there was a steep learning curve. Luckily, we had Heather Michael as our event planner. She was instrumental in getting the event on its feet.” Next year’s tournament will be held in April. Mark your calendars now.