Dataw Island is a gated community known for its philanthropic residents and a spirit of giving. In the last three years, however, Dataw has made a special commitment to the support of veterans.
This summer, Dataw Island was the site of the Simpson Cup qualifying tournament. This tournament determined the U.S. players for The Simpson Cup, a Ryder Cup format tournament held between the U.S. and Great Britain. The teams are comprised of members of military personnel who have been wounded, injured or sick as a result of their service to the country. This tournament was held this year at the Congressional Country Club in Maryland.
Dataw Island also held their annual Veterans’ Purple Heart Golf Classic on November 11, 2014. This event raised over $31,000 for the On-Course Foundation, Folds of Honor and the Military Order of the Purple Heart. The Veterans Day Tournament included members of the victorious American team from the Simpson Cup.
As part of the Veterans Day celebration, Chris Fearn, a golf professional at Dataw, played 135 holes of golf in one day and raised over $11,000 from pledges from members and residents.
“Dataw Island has embraced the support of veterans like no other community I know,” said Ted Bartlett Dataw General Manager. “With over 80 veterans living on Dataw Island, the giving comes from the heart and appreciation for the sacrifice of these men and women.”
Dataw Island will again hold the Simpson Cup qualifying tournament in May 2015. The community has also been named a patriotic golf course from the Folds of Honor Foundation.
Glenn Blackburn a Dataw resident said, “It is our pleasure to host these golf event for these brave heroes.”