October 2010

October 2010: CHARITY CORNER - Birdies For The Brave

Author: Special To C2 Magazine

ON NOVEMBER 5, 2010, THE HERITAGE COLLECTION ON HILTON HEAD ISLAND WILL BE HOSTING ITS ANNUAL BIRDIES FOR THE BRAVE GOLF TOURNAMENT AT PALMETTO HALL PLANTATION CLUB.

Birdies for the Brave is a nationwide program launched by the U.S. Department of Defense that generates financial support for our military and their families and communicates that support to members of our Armed Forces, both at home and abroad. Initially started by Tour player Phil Mickelson and his wife, the program has grown to include support from the PGA TOUR and other notable PGA TOUR players and partners.

Proceeds from the tournament will benefit eight military homefront groups that are part of the U.S. Department of Defense’s America Supports You initiative: Homes for Our Troops and Special Operations Warrior Foundation, supported by Phil Mickelson; Wounded Warrior Project, supported by Tour players Nick Watney, Boo Weekley, Jason Gore & Frank Lickliter II; Operation Homefront, supported by tour player Corey Pavin; Naval Special Warfare Foundation, supported by Tour players Jerry Kelly, Frank Lickliter II & Vijay Singh; Military Warriors Support Foundation, supported by Tour player Ted Purdy; Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and United Through Reading, supported by TOUR player Rory Sabbatini.

An example of the support received by our Armed Forces through these military homefront groups can be best explained in the story of Army SSG Ronell Bradley. SSG Bradley lost both his legs and suffered severe hand injuries as a result of an IED blast in Baghdad in 2005. He suffered from traumatic brain injury with short term memory loss, spent three months in the hospital and nine months undergoing therapy for his new prosthesis. Homes for Our Troops will be building him and his family a specially adapted home later this fall in the Columbia/Carolina Lakes area in South Carolina. This new home will help him live as close to a normal life as possible and will make it easier for SSG Bradley to reach his goal of obtaining a PhD in healthcare management and pursuing a career with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“This assistance will help me be more mobile and independent and will allow me to conduct my daily activities in a way that reinforces independence. I will be able to do things that I usually rely on my family to do for me,” said Bradley

Come out and support our troops! The Heritage Collection on Hilton Head Island will be hosting this year’s tournament on November 5 on the Robert Cupp course at Palmetto Hall Plantation Club. Your $135 single entry fee, or $500 for a foursome, will get you a round of golf with a military hero, tee prizes, lunch and awards reception, giveaways and more!

Lunch & registration begin at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun ceremony start at 12:15 p.m. An awards ceremony will be held immediately following the tournament. To register, please contact Ken McNerney at (843) 681-1510 or e-mail at kmcnerney@heritagegolfgroup.com.

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