MANCHESTER, Vt. – The Vermont Veterans Golf Tournament Committee will host its 6th annual tournament designed to raise awareness of veterans across Vermont. The tournament, originally known as the Vermont Wounded Warrior Golf Tournament, will be held on Sept. 6 at the Manchester Country Club.
The tournament was intended to focus awareness on the needs of Vermont’s wounded combat veterans. It has evolved into an event that also raises money to assist organizations that provide services to all Vermont’s veterans. Since the first tournament in 2012, the committee has raised more than $200,000. One hundred percent of our sponsor donations go to organizations serving Vermont veterans.
Those organizations have included Vermont Veterans’ Home, Bennington County Meals on Wheels, Dodge House in Rutland, Veterans’ Outreach and Family Resource Center, Purple Hearts Reunited, and a fund to assist in the construction of a home for a veteran or veteran’s family.
In 2016, the tournament donated a total of $42,000 to assist these organizations. As examples, Bennington County Meals on Wheels was able to expand their service to veterans with funding for a walk-in freezer. The Dodge House was able to replace a failed boiler. Specific needs are often identified within the supporting organizations, and new requests are always considered.
On Sept. 6, the golf tournament will begin at 11 a.m. with lunch and opening ceremonies. Following a fun day of golf, golfers will be treated to a sumptuous banquet and entertainment by the USO troupe. Governor Scott will be the keynote speaker. Each golfer will receive a windbreaker, hat, and challenge coin. Entry fee for three golfers sponsors a veteran as the fourth golfer.