An Impressive History of Fundraising for Veterans

September 11, 2022

The 10th CCF Golf Classic will take place on Monday, October 10, 2022, at the Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Coast, CA. This year’s Golf Classic is the latest in a long series of annual events that raise important funds for CCF’s Signature Programs, which continue to provide essential Mobility, Stability, Purpose and Prosperity for Veterans and their families. Let’s take a moment to look back at the Golf Classics from years past.

The Inaugural Golf Classic in 2011
In 2011, CCF hosted its Inaugural Golf Classic at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, CA, which raised $350,000 in net proceeds for the Veterans Airlift Command (VAC), which provides free private aircraft transportation to wounded Veterans and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes. Today, the VAC remains a critical part of CCF’s Mobility pillar.

2012
In 2012, the 2nd Annual Carrington Charitable Foundation Golf Classic moved to The Resort at Pelican Hill. On October 15, CCF soared past its $1 million goal to raise more than $1.2 million – of which $400,000 went to the VAC. Funds raised at the 2012 event also supported the new Carrington House project – the beginnings of CCF’s Stability pillar. Carrington House’s initial goal was to provide free transitional housing to wounded Veterans and their families during the post-hospitalization phase of rehabilitation. The first Carrington House property was donated by Bank of America, and located near the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base in San Diego, CA.

2013
For 2013, the 3rd Annual Golf Classic took place on October 14 at The Resort at Pelican Hill, establishing the resort as the preferred location for the Golf Classic. The annual event, having raised a total of $1.76 million since 2011, was quickly becoming known as one of the premier charitable events for Orange County. In 2013, the Golf Classic raised an impressive $1.2 million for the VAC and other organizations dedicated to improving the lives of our nation’s wounded warriors and their families. That year, Carrington House identified the need to not only provide homes for Veterans and their families, but to construct custom, adaptive homes that met the specifics needs of each wounded Veteran.

2014
For the 2014 CCF Golf Classic, Veterans and other participants again returned to The Resort at Pelican Hill on October 6. The 4th annual event featured a golf tournament, banquet and auction. More than 450 guests were in attendance to hear Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts and their caregivers share the realities of living with catastrophic post-combat injuries. At the conclusion, more than $1.4 million was raised to assist wounded Heroes, their families, Carrington House and such Veteran-focused nonprofit organizations as the VAC. By the close of 2014, Carrington’s donation of project management and real estate development services, together with donations from CCF and Carrington House, contributed to the completion of five custom homes for Veteran families. Each home was designed to ease daily living challenges with such features as home automation, modified home access points inside and out, specially designed kitchens and bathrooms and more, to make daily life just a bit easier for the Veterans and their families or caregivers. Including the 2014 tournament, through the generosity from supporters since its inception in 2011, the Annual Golf Classic had raised over $6 million for CCF’s Signature Programs.

2015
The 5th Annual CCF Golf Classic held on Monday, October 12, 2015, at The Resort at Pelican Hill, was a resounding success, raising an amazing $1.8 million. The momentous fifth event attracted even more supporters than in previous years, enabling CCF to carry on its important work for the Veteran community. For this year, CCF incorporated five gold stars throughout to commemorate the occasion. These stars represented the five branches of the military, the five years of the CCF Golf Classic and served as a reminder of CCF’s mission to aid service members who had been injured while protecting our nation’s freedom. By the end of 2015, Carrington House had delivered a total of 10 homes to catastrophically wounded Heroes of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts and their families across the United States.

2016
On Monday, October 10, 2016, more than 250 golfers gathered at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast, Calif., for the Carrington Charitable Foundation’s 6th Annual Golf Classic, which raised more than $2.2 million for wounded American Veterans. After sunset on the course, more than 400 supporters attended an evening banquet and auction, during which Veterans and enthusiastic supporters spoke passionately about the importance of the Carrington Charitable Foundation’s ongoing mission, recognizing there is often a considerable cost for the peace and freedom enjoyed by Americans. At the time of the tournament, Carrington House had built nearly two dozen custom, adaptive homes in communities across the United States, each designed to meet the special needs of a wounded Veterans and their families. Two more homes were on track for completion by the end of the year. In the weeks prior to the event, CCF announced it was expanding its mission to provide Veterans with the guidance and support they need to rejoin civilian life through such services as job-search assistance and business-plan consulting, as well as counseling and treatment referrals.

2017
More than 270 golfers participated in CCF’s 7th Annual Golf Classic benefitting the Foundation’s Signature Programs that support wounded American Veterans. The annual event took place on October 9, 2017, at The Resort at Pelican Hill, raising more than $1.9 million for its initiatives that assist U.S. servicemen and women returning from post-9/11 battlefields. Carrington Associates across the country also rallied together to support the event though volunteering, as well as such initiatives as the Associate Basket Competition, that contributed to the Golf Classic’s overall fundraising efforts. After sunset on the course, more than 480 supporters attended an evening banquet and auction, during which Veterans and enthusiastic supporters spoke passionately about the importance of the Carrington Charitable Foundation’s ongoing mission, which supports Veterans returning from post-9/11 battlefields. In 2017, CCF formally introduced its Four Strategic Pillars: Mobility, Stability, Purpose and Prosperity. The Foundation also broadened the diversity of the Veteran-focused nonprofits it supports, including The Honor Foundation, which helps Navy SEALs and U.S. Special Operations service members transition to a life after service. By the end of the year, supported by funds from the Golf Classic, Carrington House completed its 18th home for a Veteran family.

2018
Sunshine and smiles were bright at the 2018 Carrington Charitable Foundation Golf Classic at The Resort at Pelican Hill. On Monday, October 8, more than 260 golfers took part in the eighth annual tournament, which raised more than $1.7 million for CCF’s Signature Programs for Veterans. Keeping things running smoothly throughout the event weekend were 159 Carrington Associate volunteers, who kept busy assisting the nearly 500 attendees, including 13 Vets and their families, at the post-tourney Monday night cocktail soiree, gala dinner and charity auction. Monday evening highlights included Veteran speakers; a live auction that sent winners home with artist Joe Everson’s “speed painting” of the Iwo Jima Memorial; and more. The night ended with a Special Plea for additional support for CCF that raised more than $300,000 in less than 10 minutes. Including the 2018 total, since 2011 the CCF Golf Classic had raised more than $17 million, which helped fund such organizations as The Veterans Airlift Command, the Travis Mills Foundation, The Honor Foundation and the GallantFew. The number of homes built for Veterans and their families totaled 22 by the end of the year.

2019
The 2019 Golf Classic, which took place on October 14 at The Resort at Pelican Hill, raised more than $1.8 million for its Veteran initiatives. More than 260 golfers participated; and the event culminated in a dinner and auction attended by more than 500 people – the largest attendance in the event’s nine-year history. Including the 2019 total, CCF had by this point raised nearly $18 million for our Signature Programs. In addition to an inspiring day of golf, the event featured an evening banquet and auction, during which attendees bid on a wide variety of items donated by Carrington Associates and sponsors. The highlight of the event was Veterans and enthusiastic supporters speaking passionately about the importance of the CCF’s ongoing mission.

2020
By 2020, the Golf Classic has gained such a stellar reputation that it was named the Top Golf Event in Orange County for three consecutive years by the Orange County Business Journal. This year, for the 10th annual event, the gathering had a new name, and a new venue. In light of the global pandemic, to best ensure the safety of the Veterans CCF supports, REACT: A CCF Virtual Fundraiser, took place online for the first time. Hosted by Bruce Rose, Carrington Founder and CEO, and Matt Driskill, Special Advisor to the CCF Advisory Board and U.S. Navy Veteran, the online event raised more than $1.2 million for CCF’s Signature Programs. An event highlight was renowned “anthem artist” Joe Everson’s speed painting of an American eagle – created as Joe simultaneously belted out a spirited medley of “America the Beautiful” and “God Bless America” – later auctioned for an impressive $17,500. Following Everson’s live painting were stirring video messages from U.S. Army Master Sergeant John Masson, who discussed the importance of remembering the events of 9/11; U.S. Navy Seal Matt Stevens, who outlined his work at The Honor Foundation, which helps Navy SEALs and U.S. Special Operations service members transition to life after service; U.S. Army Sergeant Matthew Melancon, who shared his journey of recovery from his wartime injuries and subsequent surgeries, including the loss of both of his legs; and U.S. Marine Corporal Michael Jernigan, who expounded on the stability his Carrington House home would bring to him and his family. At the time of the REACT event, Carrington House had built 24 homes for deserving Veterans, each designed to meet the special needs of wounded Veterans and their families, and three more homes were in progress.

2021
In 2021, the global pandemic was still creating complications around the world, so CCF’s premier fundraising event took place again in a virtual setting, raising close to $1.2 million for the Veteran programs CCF supports. After a warm welcome from Rosemary Rose, and an introduction by Bruce Rose, CEO and Founder of The Carrington Companies, the program began with a stirring rendition of the National Anthem performed by Christiana Rojas, accompanied by Carrington Associate Kathleen Cox on violin. The event continued with Cox and her husband, Josh, discussing the CCF commitment to Veterans and the important work of The Honor Foundation, which helps Navy SEALs and U.S. Special Operations service members transition to life after service. At the time of the tournament, CCF had raised over $25 million for CCF’s Signature Programs, built or remodeled 28 homes for deserving Veterans and launched its Gold Star Family Housing Initiative. In association with Mike Haynes, former Commander of U.S. Navy SEAL Team Two, this initiative assists struggling Gold Star families – the immediate family of a service member who died while serving – by paying off their mortgages.

A Long History of Supporting Veterans and Their Families
As we look forward to the 2022 CCF Golf Classic on October 10, 2022 – once again live and in person at the Pelican Hill Golf Club – we pledge to continue to support deserving Veterans and their families with our Signature Programs, and to provide the Mobility, Stability, Purpose and Prosperity these heroes deserve. CCF is incredibly grateful for the continued support of Carrington Associates. Whether you have donated what you could, volunteered your time, helped to create a basket for the annual Associate Basket Competition or purchased a ticket to one of the virtual REACT events, we are sincerely grateful for your support.