Soldiers' Angels extends its deepest gratitude to the men and women of Golftoberfest, whose efforts have made such a difference in the lives of heroes in their community.
For the last five years, the El Dorado Independent Pool & Spa Service Association (IPSSA), a collection of about 20 businesses in the greater Sacramento, California area has put on an annual Golftoberfest to raise money for veterans support. Held at Darkhorse Golf Club and comprised of a dinner and day of Golf, Golftoberfest has grown each year in number of participants and money raised. The last event was so large that they took over the entire golf course and a local congressman spoke during the dinner!
Golftoberfest began with Mark Becker called Angel Louise S. on recommendation from a friend at the VA, looking for a veterans organization to support through a to-be-determined golf event sponsored by the local pool industry. With final donations from the last Golftoberfest in hand, five years later the project has brought in nearly $60,000 for Soldiers' Angels. Louise calls them "My pool boys. They're just wonderful people who care SO much about our veterans. They put their money where their mouth is."
Much of the money raised by Golftoberfest has funded Soldiers' Angels activities in Northern California, such as helping long-term homeless veterans obtain and establish housing in conjunction with the VA & HUD. So far over 70 veterans in the area have been helped by Soldiers' Angels this way over the five years of Golftoberfest. By providing a basic home for veterans, this support helps reunite families in a stable environment for children, improves quality of life chronically ill veterans, and much more. "We put our resources into long-term care," Leslie explains.
More than just a day of fun, Golftoberfest is designed to help participants understand the impact their donations can have, and the veterans they are helping. Each year, beneficiaries of previous donations speak at the Golftoberfest dinner to describe how help from Soldiers' Angels changed their lives. In addition, beneficiaries are stationed at each hole on the golf course to award donated items to players who accomplish special challenges on a given hole, such as shortest putt, etc. This gives the veterans a chance to personally say thanks, and the participants the chance to share their appreciation in person.
Congratulations to Golftoberfest for what has become an amazing tradition!