Twenty four teams of golfers teed off in support of local wounded warriors at Hampton Roads Chamber’s Wounded Warrior Golf Outing on Thursday, September 6th. It was a beautiful day as teams competed for a first place cash prize of $500, bragging rights, and the opportunity to recognize the Navy Safe Harbor Foundation. The foundation serves wounded, injured, and ill sailors, coast guardsmen, and their families. The first place team was Old Dominion University, represented by William Tanner, John Tanner, Jr., Gary Gilmore and Levi Wilson. Upon receiving their cash winnings, the team turned it directly over to the Navy Safe Harbor Foundation.
Over 100 participants took to the greens at Aeropines Golf Course at Naval Air Station Oceana. Pamela West, Vice President, Business Banking and Treasury of Dollar Bank said, “This is a phenomenal event. Dollar Bank is proud to support the Chamber and the excellent cause of the Wounded Warrior Foundation. It is well worth the time and effort to come out here, network and support such a great cause.” Teams could be found networking around the course with more camaraderie than competition.
19 organizations donated items to the silent auction, including a Nano5 Professional Grade Hockey stick donated by Busch Vacuum and Pump Systems, an annual family membership to the YMCA, as well as many restaurant gift certificates and local hotel stays. All auction proceeds are donated directly to the Navy Wounded Warrior Safe Harbor.
This event truly encompasses the mission, vision and values of the Hampton Roads Chamber. Robert McCartney, Executive Director of the Barry Robinson Center also felt the event lined up with the mission of the Barry Robinson Center as well. In his third year of this event, McCartney said, “We want to be able to take part in any event that brings people together to support wounded warriors. The children at our residential center often come from military families impacted by combat and to be able to network with other like-minded organizations and support the foundation, is a great thing. It’s been a great day.”
As the event concluded, the teams socialized, bid on silent auction items and waited for the scores to be tallied. The third place team was ECPI, DoubleTree by Hilton Norfolk Airport came in second and Old Dominion University finished first. Award for longest drive was given to Hugh Williams and closest to the pin was given to John Young of ITA International.
Hampton Roads Chamber’s Vice Chair for Military Affairs, Ronald F. Lewis participated in the outing for the second year. “It is in this last year that I have really been able to appreciate all the Chamber does to support our service members, transitioning military and wounded warriors. Today was tons of fun, a great opportunity to recognize our service members and to network.
Thank you to all who came out, contributed an auction item or exhibited along the course. Thank you to our sponsors:
Gold Sponsors: Dollar Bank and Hampton Roads Shipping Association
Gift Bag Sponsors: Identify Yourself, AAFMAA
Team and Hole Sponsors: Aerotek, Apple Moving – New Bell, CDYNE Corporation, Chesapeake Economic Development, Dewberry, DoubleTree by Hilton Norfolk Airport, New York Life Insurance Company, SimVentions, Strome College of Business at Old Dominion University,
The Barry Robinson Center, Union Bank & Trust, Virginia Beach Convention Center
Hole Sponsors: First Command Financial Planning, Founders Inn & Spa, Fully Promoted,
Holiday Ice, Priority Staffing Services, Sleep Number Beds - Lynnhaven Mall, YMCA JT's Camp Grom
Sign Sponsors: Old Time Photos of Virginia Beach, The Port of Virginia
Golf Towel Sponsors: Fully Promoted