Golf Tournament and Camp Lejeune tour draw celebrities, retired flag officers and wounded service members to the area

WALLACE, N.C. (August 6, 2016) – Retired flag officers, wounded service members and celebrities will once again join together for golf and fun as part of the 7th Annual Hope For The Warriors Invitational, August 13-16, 2016 at the River Landing Country Club in Wallace, N.C. All proceeds from the four-day event will benefit 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.

Once again, the event will honor our nation’s heroes through a celebrity golf tournament, an outing to Camp Lejeune, and this year, the community of Wallace, N.C. will get involved through the Hope For The Warriors Invitational Kickoff Block Party. Bringing together wounded service members with retired flag officers and celebrities, the Invitational produces a unique social environment that allows the groups to intermix and connect on a variety of levels, and often leads to long-term friendships between participants.

Johnny Bench and Doug Flynn will once again join forces to co-host the Hope For The Warriors Invitational, and will be on-hand to greet the community and sign autographs during the Kickoff Block party. Bench is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) catcher, who most notably played for the Cincinnati Reds from 1967 to 1983. Flynn is a former MLB infielder, who is best known for playing with the Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets. Both are longtime supporters of Hope For The Warriors.

“As we celebrate our 10th anniversary, it’s humbling to see the continued support of everyone involved with the Hope For The Warriors Invitational,” said Robin Kelleher, co-founder and president of Hope For The Warriors. “We are thrilled to welcome back celebrities and sports legends who are focused on giving back to the true heroes among us–service members and families who have sacrificed so much for our freedoms. The funds raised at this seventh annual Invitational will help to empower veterans, service members and military families in our communities.”

On Saturday, August 13th, the public is invited to attend the Hope For The Warrior Kickoff Block Party at the Mad Boar Restaurant in Wallace, N.C. An event for all ages, there will be live music, celebrity appearances, food, beer trucks and more. Tickets for the kickoff block party cost just five dollars, and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit Hope For The Warriors. Gates will open at 5 p.m. with the festivities set to conclude at 11 p.m.

By Sunday, the event will return to its traditional format, allowing the wounded service members, retired flag officers and celebrities to directly connect through a series of group festivities. On Sunday evening, the group will share a traditional mess dinner during Warrior Night, before taking to the golf course on Monday morning. On Tuesday, the group will travel to Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C., where they will experience “a day in the life of a Marine in training” while visiting the School of Infantry-East. Guests will watch demonstrations on the obstacle course, receive instructions on handling weapons, engage targets on the Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainer, conduct patrols and engage on the Military Operations on/in Urban/Urbanized Terrain, in addition to joining the students and instructors for chow in the mess hall.

Attending the event will be several flag officers. Among the impressive list is Four-Star General William Nyland, USMC (Ret.). General Nyland served as the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps from 2002 until 2005.

Notable celebrities in attendance include former offensive lineman for the Washington Redskins, Ken Huff and Jeff Bostic, retired PGA Tour golfer, John Maginnes, and NASCAR on NBC lead analyst, Rick Allen.

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The Hope For The Warriors Invitational is made possible by Dell ( and Murphy Family Ventures ( The event will be held at River Landing (, 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.