On July 27, 2017, members of the Board and Committee Leaders from the LFWMH presented Birdies for the Brave (B4B) with a check for $170,000. This brings the total donation, over the seven (7) years of the Foundation's existence, to over $910,000. Bill Hughes (currently Regional Director of Operations for the TPC Network) and Justin Johns (head of Community Outreach for the PGA Tour) as well as many representatives of the charities we support through B4B, were on hand to participate in the presentation.
Lowcountry Foundation for Wounded Military Heroes Raises $910,000
for Birdies for the Brave® Homefront Groups During Past Seven Years
Bluffton, SC (July 28, 2017) – Hundreds of lowcountry golfers gathered together with community leaders and sponsors in May to raise funds for the military through the Lowcountry Foundation for Wounded Military Heroes’ Seventh Annual Wounded Heroes Golf Classic. Traditionally held at Hampton Hall Club, the sold-out event added a
second location at Belfair Golf Club in Bluffton last year to accommodate its growing popularity.
Thanks to the outpouring of support from the local community, the event raised $170,000, bringing the total amount raised during the past seven years to $910,000. Proceeds will once again benefit six Birdies for the Brave military homefront charities including Military Warriors Support Foundation; Operation Homefront; Special Operations Warrior Foundation; Green Beret Foundation; Navy Seal Foundation; and K9s For Warriors.
The donation check was presented to Birdies for the Brave during a golf outing and ceremony at TPC Sawgrass on July 27. “We are grateful to the Lowcountry Foundation for Wounded Military Heroes for doing such a tremendous job supporting wounded veterans from the greater lowcountry area through this fantastic event,” said the PGA TOUR’s Justin Johns, who spearheads Birdies for the Brave. “These funds will be invaluable in helping these outstanding military charities achieve their shared mission of giving back to those who selflessly put their lives on the line every day in service to our country.”
The Golf Classic was kicked off with an evening volunteer and community appreciation reception featuring live and silent auctions, guest speakers and live music, followed the next day by the tournament. Opening ceremonies were conducted at both clubs, and included a parachute jump by the Special Forces Association Parachute Team, followed by a variety of military pageantry including the presentation of the colors and the singing of the national anthem. The 18-hole tournament featured 220 golfers and 29 lowcountry wounded veterans, with the veterans playing nine holes of golf with every foursome. Live and silent auctions and a post-golf awards dinner followed play, where golfers had the chance to mingle with homefront charity representatives and hear from a variety of guest speakers.
The Lowcountry Foundation for Wounded Military Heroes was established by lifelong golf fan and philanthropist Russ Spicer to address the growing need to help service members returning home from combat with serious injuries and disabilities re-integrate into civilian life. The all-volunteer organization encompasses a five-person Board of Directors, 20 committee leaders, and more than 180 passionate, dedicated volunteers.
“The men and women of our U.S. Armed Forces sacrifice so much to ensure the safety and freedom of all Americans, and we owe them and their families an enormous debt of gratitude,” said Spicer. “We are grateful for the opportunity to work with Birdies for the Brave to give back to these courageous veterans, and appreciate the passion, generosity and compassion of so many caring people in the lowcountry community – who helped make our seventh annual Wounded Heroes Golf Classic an overwhelming success.”
For more information on the Lowcountry Foundation for Wounded Military Heroes, visit
www.woundedmilitaryheroes.org. For more information on Birdies for the Brave, please visit
www.birdiesforthebrave.org or follow them on Facebook.
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.