The 2017 Lowcountry Foundation for Wounded Military Heroes Golf Classic was played on May 22nd at Hampton Hall and Belfair Golf Clubs in Bluffton, SC. Although rain shortened the golf event, the wet weather didn't dampened the spirits of the 29 Wounded Heroes and over 220 golfers who participated and attended the dinner and silent and live auction events after golf.
Although the final numbers are not yet in, we know this will be another 6 figure year for our donations to charities focusing on helping our Wounded Heroes.
Our third annual Festival for Heroes event and our first annual Cars for Heroes event were held this past Sunday, April 30th to raise additional funds for the Wounded Heroes and charities we support as well as to show our appreciation to the communities that allow us to disrupt their normal days when we put on our annual Golf Classic. The weather was great, the turnout was great, and both events were a huge success.
Thanks to our great sponsors, great entertainers, the many food vendors who joined us, and approximately 70 participants in our Cars for Heroes ... both vintage and new, from our winning Triumph Spitfire to a Camero paint job dedicated to Purple Heart recipients, and even a custom painted motorcycle honoring veteran pilots.
Kids enjoyed the camel rides, pony rides, and petting zoo while everyone enjoyed the demonstrations put on by the Bluffton Police K-9 team and the Bluffton Fire Department.
With games, dunk tanks, pet parades, silent auctions, and more we packed a lot of fun into five hours. Thanks to all the volunteers and all of those who made baked goods to sell. It is you, the communities supporting us, and all of those previously mentioned who make this such a great success.
This year, in conjunction with our Festival for Heroes event on April 30th at Hampton Hall in Bluffton, SC, we'll be adding a new activity .... our first annual "Car Show for Heroes".
If you have, or if you know someone who has, a classic car or truck, and would like to participate in this inaugural car show please join us for this worthwhile cause. All proceeds go to the Lowcountry Foundation for Wounded Military Heroes and benefit wounded military here in the Lowcountry.Registration is $10 in advance or $15 the day of the event. Awards presented to top 3 vehicles.
Our Festival for Heroes is open to invited communities in Bluffton and, now, to car show participants. There will be live music, food, craft beer, a petting zoo and camel rides, games, and activities for all ages, demos and exhibits by the police and fire departments. Hours are noon to five, with all vehicles to check in between 10:30 and 11:30.For registration and additional information, please contact:
Joe Grimm at firstname.lastname@example.org
A special "Thank You" to Southern Barrel Brewing's owner Vinnie Taylor who presented the Lowcountry Foundation for Wounded Military Heroes with a check in the amount of $1512 from the sale of small batch beer, Screamer 11,000. This check did not represent a portion of the proceeds, this was ALL the proceeds...an extremely kind gesture for a small business. The beer was created by the sale of an auction item at last year's LFWMH Golf Classic. The auction item, which yielded another $1,000 donation, from MaryAnne and Tim Bender, gave the winner the opportunity to create his/her own beer. The resulting kegs were tapped on January 12th at an evening event we dubbed "Beer Bucks for Heroes". Those at the check presentation included....
From Southern Barrel Brewing... Vinnie Taylor (owner), Walt Trifari (Brewmaster), and Michael Hodge (Tavern Manager)
From LFWMH....CEO, Russ Spicer, Board Members, Doug Myers, Pete Doukas, and Ed Giannelli, and Alan Prenoveau.
Joe Grimm, who orchestrated the event with Vinnie was also in attendance (taking the pictures).
Those of us at LFWMH wanted to send out a special "Thank You" to Southern Barrel Brewing for hosting our Beer Bucks for Heroes event last night, for donating last year's auction item -- the opportunity to brew your own specialty beer -- and for donating all proceeds from the sale of our specially brewed Screamer 11000 beer to our Foundation. Thanks, also, to all the patrons who came out to help us make the night such a great success. And, finally, a big "Thanks" to Tim Bender for purchasing the auction item, to Joe Grimm, Lin Godsey, and Mike Brown for assisting with the brewing process and to Walt Trifari, Southern Barrel's brewmaster, for guiding the guys through the entire process.
Year over year, the Lowcountry Foundation for Wounded Military Heroes (LFWMH) has increased its donation to Birdies for the Brave. 2016 was no exception. We increased this year’s donation to $240,000 from $185,000 last year. $190,000 from our Golf Classic
$ 50,000 from our Fishing Classic
A heartfelt “Thank You” to Rob Fyfe and The Palmetto Running Company for this week’s $1,000 donation. They were the organizer and sponsor for this year’s 5K FREEDOM RUN. The PRC hosted 419 runners on Memorial Day at Shelter Cove Towne Center on Hilton Head Island. Members of the LFWMH supported the event by providing volunteers to assist with runner safety and the medal presentations.
Last year, we were honored that Governor Haley, now Ambassador to the U.N., proclaimed May 6, 2016 Wounded Heroes Golf Classic Day.