Apr 05 2019

Chip In To Give A Hand Up To Vets

By Rich O’Brien for The Island Connection

The 4th Annual Hardee’s Chip in for Veterans Charity Classic will be held on May 8 at Briar’s Creek and May 9 at Wescott Golf Club. The event will help raise money to support the important work of PGA HOPE Charleston and the Lowcountry Chapter of Stand Up and Play Foundation. The tournament is the opportunity for the entire Lowcountry Community to help provide a hand up to the veterans in our community that have served and protected our country but are battling injuries, illnesses, and challenges. 

The first of the two fundraising events will be played at the Briar’s Creek. The Rees Jones masterpiece embraces the rich, low country landscape and vegetation of Johns Island and the Kiawah River. The entry fee for this event is $375 per person ($1,500 per team) and includes golf fees, a golf shirt, box lunch, cocktails and appetizers, and a silent auction.

The second fundraising event will be played the following day at the Wescott Golf Club. Owned by the City of North Charleston, Wescott Plantation Golf Club is a 27-hole course that offers a challenge to golfers of all skill levels.

The course has served as host site for PGA HOPE Charleston program since its’ inception four years ago. The entry fee for this event is $100 per person ($400 per team) and includes golf fees, box lunch & BBQ buffet.

Various sponsorship packages are available both days of the tournament ranging from hole signs all the way up to major sponsorships.  If you, or your company, are interested in participating in, sponsoring the tournament, or making a donation to this important initiative to help our veterans, visit the event’s website at HardeesGolfForCharity.com.

 The South Carolina Lowcountry has become the model of how golf can be used as therapy to improve the quality of life of individuals with injuries, illnesses, and challenges. Golf has proven to be an excellent form of therapy for many of the veterans as they have been able to trade nightmares and flashbacks for golf dreams and new friendships. PGA HOPE Charleston is the model program PGA REACH’s flagship military program. The program is also the largest chapter of the program with over 200 veterans participating at one of five locations; Wescott, Daniel Island, Redbank Plantation, Stono Ferry, and Kiawah. The Kiawah series is held during the winter and summer months and splits time between Cougar Point and Cassique.

The Stand Up and Play Foundation has helped change the trajectory of the lives of veterans and other individuals in our community that have mobility challenges. With the help of Hardee’s and Stand Up and Play Foundation, the Lowcountry of South Carolina is now the most accessible community in the world for golf for individuals with Spinal Cord Injuries and other mobility challenges. Of special note, one of the Paramobiles from the tournament was gifted to Kiawah Island Resort and it is available upon request for play at the five resort Kiawah Island Resort and two Kiawah Island Club courses.

If you would like to make a donation in lieu of playing golf, please contact Bobby Medlen at 770.238.8444 or bmedlen@capstonerestaurants.com.


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