Military Connection: Playing for a Cause


By Debbie Gregory.

Since its inception in 2005, For The Troops, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, has been dedicated to providing American military troops with “We Care” packages.

For The Troops has distributed more than 100,000 packages to our service members overseas. Every package contains basic necessities, goodies, games, but most importantly, a show of support from home.

What started on a small scale, with the desire to ensure that our service members would have access to everyday comforts that we all take for granted, has grown into a community-wide undertaking.

Thanks to the generous donation of time and effort, the all-volunteer crew can be found at the organization’s storefront office in Simi Valley, CA, packing boxes of donated items. Volunteers consisting of students, seniors and other individuals also handwrite letters to make sure that each box is personalized for the recipient.

Volunteers also serve at fundraising events, such as the annual military tribute gala and annual golf tournament. This Monday, June 1, marks the 5th Annual Heroes Golf Tournament at Moorpark Country Club.

Everyone is invited to try their luck on the ball drop raffle, with tickets priced at $10 each, 3 for $25, or 13 for $100. The lucky grand prize winner will receive two first class Delta Air Lines tickets to Maui, with a four night stay at the Four Seasons Resort, as well as $1,000 spending money. The prize also includes a Limo to and from LAX!

For anyone interested in playing in the tournament or donating a round to a U.S. Veteran, please contact Tony DiRaimondo at 213 820-3811. Awards dinner attendees will also be able to participate in the silent and live auctions.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. But hurry, because June 1st will be here before you know it!

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Military Connection: Playing for a Cause: By Debbie Gregory