Golfers and sponsors are needed for the 13th annual golf tournament, benefiting educational outreach programs at the Worcester County Veterans Memorial (WCVM) at Ocean Pines.
The tournament this year will kick off with a shotgun start at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the Ocean Pines Golf Club.
For players, the fee is $100 and includes greens fees with a cart, range balls, grab and go lunch, door prizes, a dinner buffet, and access to awards, prizes and a goodie bag. Hole in one, straightest drive, putting, and closest to the pin contests will coincide with the tournament.
Tax deductible tournament sponsorships start at $100 for Tee Sponsors. Other levels are: Tee Sponsor with Ad ($150), Contest Sponsor ($250), Bronze Level ($500), Silver Level ($1,000) and Gold Level ($2,000).
Organizers also need gift certificates from local businesses and silent auction items for the event.
“This is our major fundraiser for the whole year. It supports the education and outreach program, and it supports the maintenance of the Veterans Memorial itself,” WCVM Foundation Board member Don McMullen said.
Each year, more than 600 area fifth graders take a field trip to the memorial to learn how the country and local community honors veterans, how veterans participated in major conflicts in U.S. history, and how people can honor veterans and the U.S. flag.
McMullen said the field trip includes demonstrations by Stephen Decatur, Pocomoke and Snow Hill high school Junior ROTC participants on how to fold and salute the flag. Additionally, volunteers discuss the history of the flag “from Betsy Ross to the present day,” and students get lessons on each of the five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, McMullen said.
“They really give the young people an opportunity to understand our democracy,” he said. “We had over 605 kids visit the memorial this past year, and that includes all your public schools, Most Blessed Sacrament fifth graders and Worcester Prep fifth graders, and home school students.”
The WCVM Foundation also produces a 34-page student booklet for local schools about veterans, the flag, and American heritage, and McMullen offers a slide presentation about the memorial to students, prior to the field trip.
“The Veterans Memorial Board just thinks it’s so vital to educate our kids on democracy and how we earned our freedom,” McMullen said. “As far as we know, this could be the only program in our country at a veteran’s memorial where they focus on the education of fifth graders. It’s near and dear to our hearts and it’s very important to all of us.”
To download a registration/sponsorship brochure, visit https://opvets.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/WCVMF-Golf-Brochure-2019.pdf.
For more information on the Worcester County Veterans Memorial at Ocean Pines, visit www.OPVets.org.