River Landing Golf Tournament and School of Infantry tour raises money to support programs for U.S. service members, veterans, and military families
WALLACE, N.C. (August 18, 2016) – Retired flag officers, wounded service members and celebrities all gathered in eastern North Carolina earlier this week to support Hope For The Warriors, a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post-9/11 service members and military families. Including a golf tournament hosted by River Landing Country Club and a tour of the School of Infantry-East, the four-day event raised $212,000 which will support the programs provided by Hope For The Warriors.
“The collective dedication displayed by the River Landing community, the nationally acclaimed athletes and performers, as well as military leadership at this event is Hope at its finest,” said Robin Kelleher, President and CEO of Hope For The Warriors. “The energy at this year’s Hope for The Warriors Invitational was phenomenal thanks to the passion of all attendees, and the funds raised will help Hope continue to restore self and family for years to come.”
Taking place August 13-16, the 2016 event incorporated a new kickoff party to draw attention to Hope For The Warriors and get the local community excited with live music, celebrity appearances and food trucks. The Hope For The Warriors Invitational Kickoff Block Party was held at the Mad Boar Restaurant in Wallace, N.C. on Saturday night. On Sunday, the group enjoyed a traditional Marine Corps Mess Night, before taking part in the annual golf tournament at River Landing Country Club on Monday. By Tuesday, the group traveled to Camp Geiger to tour the School of Infantry-East and join some Marines for lunch in the Camp Geiger Chow Hall.
For the fifth year in a row, the Hope For The Warriors Invitational was hosted by River Landing Country Club, bringing a host of guests to Wallace, N.C. The four-day event provides a host of activities with a unique opportunity for wounded service members, retired flag officers and celebrities to connect through a series of group activities and social experiences.
“This year’s Hope For The Warriors Invitational was the best yet,” said Wendy Murphy, chair of the Hope For The Warriors Invitational planning committee. “Our celebrities, flag officers, and sponsors were awesome and together we raised a lot of money for Hope For The Warriors. The Murphy Family, our employees and the entire River Landing Community are honored and proud to work with Hope For The Warriors to benefit our service members. We look forward to making next year’s event even better and we have already set the dates for August 20-21. We hope everyone will make plans to join us again!”
Four-Star General William “Spider” Nyland was named President of the Mess Night, but countless American heroes participated throughout the four-day event, including active duty Marines from Wounded Warrior Battalion East (WWBn-E), Camp Lejeune. Retired flag officers in attendance included LtGen Ron Coleman, LtGen Thomas Conant, LtGen Kenneth Glueck Jr., LtGen Dennis Hejlik, LtGen Gary McKissock, LTG Joesph Kinzer, MajGen Thomas Braaten, MajGen David Richwine, MajGen James Stewart, MajGen Cornell Wilson, RADM Thomas Cullison, RADM Steven Ratti, BGen Richard Vercauteren and BG Mabry Martin.
Notable celebrities in attendance included Rick Allen, Johnny Bench, Harry Blair, Jeff Bostic, Dillon Dixon, Kelly Edge, Doug Flynn, Ken Huff, John Ligato, John Maginnes, Jack Marin, Scotty McCreery, John McKee, Jim McMahon, Chris Mohr, Rick Seratte, Teresa Wade and Bucky Waters.
The 7th Annual Hope For The Warriors Invitational was made possible by Dell (dell.com) and Murphy Family Ventures (murphyfamilyventures.com), and was held at River Landing (riverlanding.com), a private, gated, residential golf community covering over 1,700 unspoiled acres on the banks of the northeast Cape Fear River in Wallace, N.C.