Tee It Up For Soldiers and Their Families

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The Fifth Annual Soldiers and Families Golf Tournament kicked off with a shotgun start and the golf carts started rolling. The event resulted in continued financial and educational support for Soldiers and Families from across the 108th Training Command spectrum, including Soldiers and Families from the 95th, 98th and 104th Divisions through The Griffon Association. Photo by Mr. James Williams, UPAR

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Fifth Annual Soldiers and Families Golf Tournament was held on 28 Sept., at the Pine Island Country Club. The event kicked off with a shotgun start and the golf carts started rolling.

Proceeds from the tournament provide needed resources for Soldiers and Families for educational opportunities, funds for Families under financial stress as a result of a Soldier’s deployment, funds for financial assistance to Soldiers who have been wounded or injured in the line of duty, support for Family Support activities such as funds for Care Packages and phone cards to deployed Soldiers and support for other charitable organization, such as the Wounded Warrior Project, who support Soldiers and Veterans.

One hundred percent of the funds go to The Griffon Association for Soldiers and their Families. This is a chance to say thanks and show continued support to the men and women who protect our freedom and their Families for the sacrifices they make on our behalf.

The Association is made up of past and present members of the 108th Training Command, a two-star Army Reserve Command headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, and subordinate divisions, the 95th, 98th and 104th, spread across the continental United States, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.             

With the help of Knight Communications, publisher of The Griffon, and after months of work by members of the Board and other Association members, who obtained sponsors, donors and golfers, volunteers from the association joined together to host  golfers. Even though the sun did not shine, golfers showed their sportsmanship by playing through despite the rain.

Retired Maj. Gen. Charles E. “Skip” McCartney gave the opening remarks after the Colors were presented by the 108th Training Command (IET) Color Guard at the Fifth Annual Soldiers and Families Golf Tournament held on 28 Sept., at the Pine Island Country Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by Mrs. Deborah Williams, 108th Training Command (IET), Public Affairs

Retired Maj. Gen. Charles E. “Skip” McCartney gave the opening remarks, “Be a patriot and help a Soldier. These funds are being raised for Soldiers and Families. Your support has helped sponsor Soldiers and their Families for many years. Thank you.”

The 208th Army Band provided military music during registration and played the National Anthem and the Army Song as the Colors were presented by the 108th Training Command (IET) Color Guard.

As in previous years, golfers were treated to a box lunch, dinner after the round and numerous opportunities on the course to win prizes provided by sponsors. Golfers opened their wallets again to buy mulligans and red tees, participated in a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction, which contributed not only to the fun but the fund for Soldiers and Families.

All of this hard work, fun and generosity resulted in continued financial and educational support for Soldiers and Families from across the 108th Training Command spectrum, including Soldiers and Families from the 95th, 98th and 104th Divisions.

For more information, please visit the Griffon Association website www.108thGriffonAssoc.com.

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