Golf tournament raises $16,000 for veterans
MANCHESTER — Organizers of the 2012 Vermont Wounded Warrior golf tournament, which took place Sept. 5 at the Manchester Country Club, said donations made to the event allowed them to give three local organizations a total of $16,000.
While the golf tournament was not planned to be a fundraising event, 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 tournament was created to bring awareness to the plight of Vermont Wounded Warriors. Almost 120 golfers participated, 20 of whom were “wounded warriors.” At the conclusion of the 18 holes of golf, more than 150 attended a dinner at the club where the Liberty Bells, from the United Services Organization in New York City, sang.
Jonathan E. Farnham, brigadier general, retired, of the Vermont National Guard delivered the keynote address and presented the first Manchester Country Club Vermont Wounded Warrior Service plaque to Brent Filson, a retired captain in the U.S. Marine Corps and a wounded warrior.
The tournament is expected to become an annual event.