WAITSFIELD, Vt. – The 16th annual golf tournament supporting the Vermont National Guard Charitable Foundation will be held Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019 at the Sugarbush Resort Golf Club. One hundred percent of the tournament’s net proceeds will be donated to the Vermont National Guard Charitable Foundation, supporting our Vermont troops and their families in times of financial need.
Shawn Sullivan of Classic Ski Tours and Vermont Travel Club has coordinated this event for the past 15 years. Sullivan and a few friends came up with idea of a golf tournament fundraiser in the wake of 9/11, feeling compelled to do something to help our Vermont military members and their families. It was his way of expressing his gratitude to our local troops.
Sullivan shares, “It has been my honor to help bring awareness to how much our men in women in uniform do for our country and the sacrifices they and their families make for us. This golf tournament helps to support the troops and their families of Vermont and provides them financial support when they need it. We are grateful to the community of Vermont for supporting this tournament and look forward to continuing this tradition under the direction of David Wilkins.”
The tournament has grown to become a favorite event that has raised over $215,000 for the Vermont National Guard Charitable Foundation to date. Last fall, Sullivan handed the reins over to Navy veteran, longtime visitor, and recent homeowner, David “Wilkie” Wilkins. Wilkins was humbled to assume this important effort. “I am excited and honored to take over the tournament. I hope to continue the great program Shawn created for our Vermonters who’ve answered the call of duty.”
The event promises to be a day chock-full of activities and celebration. Registration and check-in will start at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Burgers and hot dogs will be provided along the course, and local beverage tastings will be scattered at various holes as well. Many prizes will be awarded; for longest drive, closest to the pin, and a putting contest. Other great contests are four Hole-in-One challenges that offer $15,000 cash, a cruise for two, a 40-inch LCD TV, or a Yeti cooler. A special thank you to Shawn Sullivan will take place at the dinner post play. The buffet dinner will be held at Rumble’s Kitchen at Sugarbush Resort at Lincoln Peak.
This year, we are excited to have the support of Lawson’s Finest Liquids. Since Lawson’s Finest opened its Waitsfield brewery, taproom, and retail store in October 2018, they’ve had the pleasure to support many local charitable endeavors through their Social Impact Program.
The Vermont National Guard Charitable Foundation has been selected as the nonprofit organization to receive these donations from Sept. 1-15. “Lawson’s Finest is proud to support Vermont troops and their families and are truly appreciative for their service. Our Social Impact Program allows us to assist organizations whose values align with our own, especially those who provide support to our community members,” says Karen Lawson.
There have been many sponsors of this event over the years, and we are grateful to everyone who has continued to make this a staple fundraiser in the area. Sugarbush Resort has been a long-standing friend and sponsor for this event. Sugarbush’s generosity, from the inception of the tournament, is in large part reason for its ongoing success.
Vermont Troops and Families extends special thanks to our local businesses who have sponsored this event to date: 14th Star Brewing, Bisbee’s Ace Hardware, Cabot Creamery, Capitol Plaza Hotel, Clear Water Filtration, Commodores Inn, Merna DeCoveny, John and Dana Donaldson, Dynapower Company, Killington Resort and Pico Mountain, Newfield Savings Bank, November 11th Foundation, PING Golf, Pring Plumbing & Heating, Shea Builders, Stonecutter Spirits, Trapp Family Lodge, The Alchemist, Village Grocery, Waitsfield Cable & Telcom, and David Wilkins.
Thank you to our community for your continued support, and we look forward to seeing you at this special event Sunday, Sept. 15. For more information and to sign up to play in the tournament, or to donate to or sponsor the event, please visit www.vermonttroopsandfamilies.org; contact David Wilkins at 617-543-7588 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or call the Sugarbush Resort Golf Club at 802-583-6725.