By Karen Schade, Community Relations Representative, America’s Credit Union
The 10th Annual Holiday Troop Support Golf Tournament by America’s Credit Union was played at Eagles Pride Golf Course on JBLM-Lewis and raised $40,000. The monies raised will be going to Santa’s Castle (Children’s Toy Program), The Food Basket Program, Madigan Foundation, and Reflection Park. On the 22nd of November, there will be a check presentation in Garrison Headquarters. ACU’s President/CEO Kenneth S. Leonard will be presenting each charity with a check for $10,000. A representative from each of the charities will be present to accept their check.
Many local businesses and over 144 golfers participated to help raise money for local soldiers and their families. Major sponsors of this event were: AHBL, Albers & Company, Amherst Securities Group, Armed Forces Bank, AUSA, BCRA, BiNW, Boom Creative, The Bruce Titus Automotive Group, CarPros, COINFORCE.COM, Country Kennels, Enterprise Holding, GEICO, I-5 Signs, INSI, Lee’s Brothers Plastering, McMullin Electric, Merit Construction, MG Ret. L Burger, My Hometown Motors, Neeley Construction & Cabinet Co., Patriot Fire Protection, Patriots Landing, RSB Construction, Sound Credit Union, Toyota of Olympia, Universal Refrigeration Inc, Zenczak & Partners. We wish to thank all of our sponsors for their donations to our event.
Kenneth S. Leonard, President/CEO of America’s Credit Union said “The support from JBLM business community has been overwhelming. We are able to help more soldiers and their families this holiday season than ever before. We wish to thank those businesses and individuals for their generosity towards this event.”
About the charities:
Santa’s Castle has been providing toys to children of service members in serious financial need since 1994. The private, nonprofit organization is run completely by volunteers and relies on donations from the community. Service members in grades of E5 and below facing financial crises are eligible, but must be referred by their commanders, first sergeants or chaplains. After Santa’s Castle receives the referral, an appointment letter is sent to the service member with a date to shop and an explanation of what to expect.
The Food Basket program, run by Army Community Services (ACS), is sponsoring the twentieth annual Holiday Assistance Program (HAP) to help commanders provide monetary assistance to Army Families during November and December, 2010. For Thanksgiving, ACS has provided commanders with four hundred $35certificates, redeemable at the JBLM Commissaries, for their identified Service Members. (Certificates can be redeemed for food items only.) We hope to be able to provide for a greater number at Christmas. Commanders make the final selections of those who will receive a $35 certificate. The HAP is funded exclusively by donations to ACS and 100% of the funds we collected go to Soldiers and their Families.
The Madigan Foundation, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, has supported military families, active and retired, and Madigan Army Medical Center, through programs designed to improve and enhance the quality of care and quality of life of patients, their families, and their health care providers. The Madigan Foundation raises money to support the patients and family members, retirees and family members, and staff of medical facilities or medical combat units.
Reflection Park will Honor our fallen service men and women from all Uniformed Services with ties to the State of Washington. The park will be a tranquil place to reflect and remember those who have fallen in the past, present and any future conflicts. Generations of visitors to Reflection Park will have the opportunity to remember, to learn and to reflect upon the contributions our service men and women have given, and continue to give, for our freedom. The park will be built next to the existing JBLM Museum.