"Because Freedom Is Not Free"
2014 – HEART OF AMERICA PATRIOT BENEFIT
On September 11, 2014 our 3rd Annual benefit was hosted at The Nicklaus Golf Club at Lionsgate in Overland Park, KS. Once again our Benefit was a tremendous success. Our presenting sponsor, Securitas Security Services USA welcomed 36 patriotic teams to play in this special event. Our Patriotic Ceremony included several memorable moments with the ceremonial swearing in of new Marine recruits; the playing of Amazing Grace by bagpiper Ian Evans; the poignant keynote speech provided by Major General (Ret.) Greg Gardner where he challenged everyone to “Earn It” as was Private Ryan by the men, who died saving his life; and the ceremonial First Tee Shot made by a WWII, Korean, Viet Nam, and Iraqi Wounded Warrior Veteran. As in 2013, the course was adorned with 350 American flags making it a special place to play. The Kansas National Guard presented our colors and provided a rifle salute battery and playing of Taps to salute our fallen heroes. Our 2014 Benefit raised slightly over $53,000 that allowed us to provide a full, four-year scholarship for a wounded warrior to attend the University of Kansas; to fly 50 WWII veterans to Washington, DC to visit the memorials built in their honor; and to provide a very nice contribution to The Wounded Warrior Project™.
2013 – HEART OF AMERICA PATRIOT BENEFIT
On September 13, 2013 our2nd Annual benefit was hosted at Deer Creek Golf Club in Overland Park, KS. Our two Presenting Sponsors were Burns & McDonnell and Securitas Security Services USA. The event was sold out with 36 foursomes participating. Our Patriotic Ceremony was attended by twelve WWII veterans, most of which were the recipient of the Purple Heart or served as a Prisoner of War during WWII. During the ceremony, twelve Marine enlistees were sworn in on stage with the Oath of Enlistment read by U.S. Marine and wounded warrior Chris Hahn. This ceremony was supported by the Kansas National Guard who provided our Color Guard, Salute Battery, and Bugler. Our 2013 Keynote Speaker was U.S. Army Colonel Michael Neer who proudly served our country for 31 years, served many tours in combat zones, and personally had over 700 parachute jumps with the 9th Infantry Division. In 2013, we adorned the golf course with 350 large American flags, completely circling one par three hole making it a amphitheater of flags. We successfully raised $30,000 for The Wounded Warrior Project™.
2012 – HEART OF AMERICA WOUNDED WARRIOR BENEFIT
On September 24, 2012 our inaugural benefit was held at Deer Creek Golf Club in Overland Park, KS. Our two Presenting Sponsors were Burns & McDonnell and Securitas Security Services USA. The event was sold out with 36 foursomes participating. Our Patriotic Ceremony was attended by eight WWII veterans, all Purple Heart recipients and representing every branch of service. This ceremony was supported by the Kansas National Guard who provided our Color Guard, Salute Battery, and Bugler. Our 2012 Keynote Speaker was Lt. Col (Ret.) Hugh Mills, recipient of countless medals for his valor and heroism during the Viet Nam War. We successfully raised $20,000 for The Wounded Warrior Project™.