8th Annual Golf Classic
Sunshine and smiles were bright at this year’s Carrington Charitable Foundation Golf Classic weekend at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast, CA. On Monday, Oct. 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 were 159 Carrington Associate volunteers, reports Shelly Lawrence, Executive Director of Community Relations for CCF. They were busy, as there were close to 500 in attendance, including 13 Vets and their families, at the post-tourney Monday night cocktail soiree, gala dinner, and charity auction.
“The camaraderie among the Veterans’ families at this event can be just as important as the fundraising,” says Shelly.
The lives of the Veterans whom CCF assists with its signature programs can be challenging in ways many of us will never know. During this year’s golf tournament, one Veteran family shared that it was comforting to see and talk to other families who have struggled with the same things their family does, and ultimately overcome what many would perceive as nearly impossible obstacles.
Sunday’s Family Night at the tournament gave CCF’s top supporters and donors an opportunity to meet and talk with all the visiting Vets and their families at a party with a luau theme, plus a round of “night golf” with glow-in-the-dark golf balls. At the Monday evening banquet on the Golf Pavilion Patio, guests heard speakers Matt Driskill, Active Duty Navy Lieutenant Commander and Founder of the Military Leadership Circle; Travis Mills, who is a recipient of a Carrington House, participates in the Veterans Airlift Command, and now is co-founder, with wife Kelsey, of the Travis Mills Foundation Retreat in Maine; and Joe Musselman, Founder of the Honor Foundation and retired U.S. Navy SEAL.
The evening concluded with a live auction that sent winners home with artist Joe Everson’s “speed painting” of the Iwo Jima Memorial; a helicopter trip to Las Vegas; a ski trip to Park City, Utah; the ultimate golfer’s bucket list outing to Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon; and a trip to the Kentucky Derby. The night ended with a Special Plea for additional support for CCF that raised more than $300,000 in less than 10 minutes.
We look forward to continuing this special weekend of golf and giving for years to come! Join us at next year’s event on October 14, 2019!
Thank you to the Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) for providing free private air transportation for Veterans.
U.S. Marine Corporal Michael Jernigan, accompanied by his wife, KimberLee.
In November 2017, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Jesse Clingman and family moved into their Carrington House home.
U.S. Army Master Sergeant David Glenn and his family walked through the door of their Carrington House home in June 2017.
It was a great day for golf.
In addition to an inspiring day of golf, more than 470 people attended an evening banquet and auction.
Night golf featured glow-in-the-dark balls.
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills addresses the audience.