The CDS Wolf Foundation hosted its 29th Annual Teeing Off for Abilities Golf Tournament Monday, July 18th at Monroe Golf Club, sponsored by Relph Benefit Advisors. The morning began with registration and breakfast as golfers arrived and dropped off their clubs, sharing in conversation before the tournament began. at 9:30, the opening ceremony began with the Charlie Company 1st Battalion 25th Marines presenting colors, and Laquan Hounshell singing the National Anthem. Although the sun had only made a handful of appearances from behind the clouds, 148 golfers climbed into their golf carts and took to the course, eager for a day out of the office to support the CDS Wolf Foundation and the people CDS Life Transitions assists.
As the day progressed, the golfers stopped by the clubhouse to enjoy hot dogs, hamburgers and sausages for lunch before getting back out on the course. Golfers were also able to purchase raffle tickets and place bids in a silent auction throughout the day.
As cocktail hour began, golfers got together in the clubhouse to make more silent auction bids and enjoy some conversation. Dinner began not long after, also starting the dinner ceremony. Most notably, perhaps, was Brandon H., a veteran in Warrior Salute Veteran Services, who shared his story. Brandon talked about the passing of his wife, the catalyst for his leaving the military, and dealing with PTSD and grief. Just weeks ago, Brandon lost a friend to suicide and his father to cancer. His story was heartbreaking to hear, but he noted that his time in Warrior Salute Veteran services has helped him begin to heal.
With the dinner ceremony coming to a close, CDS Wolf Foundation Executive Director Taryn Mullen and CDS Life Transitions President/CEO Sankar Sewnauth announced the grand total: a record amount of $162,000, shattering previous amounts raised at past tournaments.
“We are very excited that, due to the generosity and hard work of our supporters, volunteers, board and team, we were able to raise so much money to help the people we assist,” CDS Life Transitions President/CEO Sankar Sewnauth said. “Whether they want to find jobs, an apartment or home, or whatever they want to do to be successful, we’ll be able to continue helping them down their path to success.”
These annual Teeing Off for Abilities Golf Tournaments raise money for services provided by CDS Life Transitions for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, people with chronic illnesses, seniors and veterans.
Thanks to everyone who sponsored, volunteered and supported us for this event, and to those who continue to support us!