Veterans Purple Heart Golf Classic returns to Dataw

COMMUNITY - DATAW 3For the eighth year in a row, Dataw Island will be hosting the Veterans Purple Heart Golf Classic in support of wounded veterans and their families.

In the past, this Dataw Island event has raised over $130,000 for veteran charity organizations, which include the OnCourse Foundation, the Folds of Honor Foundation, the National Military Order of the Purple Heart, and the Wounded Warrior Project. The tournament was started with the help of Dataw Island resident and retired U.S. Army COL. Glenn Blackburn, a Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient.

“We are excited to have this great tradition happen again this year.” Blackburn said. “It is wonderful to see how the Dataw Island community embraces this event and this wonderful charity. Dataw Island has been recognized nationally as a patriot community for the last four years by the Folds of Honor Foundation.”

The Purple Heart Golf Classic will be played on November 10th, 2015 by a field of 200 supporters and 30 wounded veterans from all across the U.S. Members of the U.S. Simpson Cup team will also be competing. This year the tournament will continue to raise money for the Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides educational scholarships for dependents of those killed or injured in the service.

As part of Dataw’s Veteran’s Day celebration, Dataw’s Assistant Golf Professional, Chris Fearn, will be hosting and playing a golf marathon on November 9th to raise funds for the Green Beret Foundation. This foundation works to provide direct and continuous support to the Green Beret Community and their families. Last year, Fearn played 135 holes of golf and raised over $12,500 for the OnCourse Foundation and the Folds of Honor Foundation.

All photos are of last years event and are courtesy of Col. Glenn Blackburn, US Army ret.

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