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Ladies' teams signing up for 2014 Bay County Veterans Benefit Golf Outing at Green Hills.

VETS TO TEE OFF: New Bay Veterans Foundation Part of Benefit Golf Outing

Signup for Teams, Sponsorships of June 26 Event Now Underway

April 17, 2015       Leave a Comment
By: Dave Rogers

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The Bay Veterans Foundation, new organization to help local veterans and groups, will benefit for the first time this season from the Third Annual Veterans Benefit Golf Outing.

Keith Markstrom, Vietnam veteran and chair of the outing, said the newly-organized Bay Veterans Foundation is dedicated to providing charitable, educational, social and moral support for veterans of all wars as well as those who served in peacetime.

Over the last several years the golf outing has raised more than $15,000 for such diverse needs as veterans transportation, Bay County Veterans Council color guard uniforms, Saginaw VA Medical Center patient needs and activities.

The Color Guard participated in 29 funerals last year and 40 already so far this year, Markstrom said, indicating how fast veterans are leaving us.

In addition, the educational programs of the USS Edson Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum have received $2,500 in funding.

The Military Order of the Purple Heart, a 501 (c) 3 tax exempt organization, is receiving donations from sponsors of the outing, slated Friday, June 26 at Green Hills Golf Course, Linwood.

Registration is at 9 a.m. with shotgun start at 10 a.m.

The outing will feature beverages, hot dog lunch, contest on every hole, 50/50, special drawings, skins, hole-in-one contest.

Checks payable to the Military Order of the Purple Heart-GOLF for teams in the outing at $240 per team of four and on course sponsorship may be sent to Bay County Veterans Golf Outing at 3461 E. N. Union St., Bay City, MI 48706.

There is a 32 team limit, first come, first served. The event sells out quickly so enter soon, Markstrom urges.

Other non-participant on course sponsorship amounts are $50, $100 and $150. A Gold Sponsor Special of $125 is for a tee/green & contest at every hole. Two Old Glory Lunch sponsors at $300 each are sought and 8 sponsorships of $250 each are available for the Stars & Stripes Dinner.

All sponsorships include signage, program announcements and inclusion in the video montage at the event. Sponsorship names also will be listed on the Facebook Page of the Annual Bay County Veterans Golf Outing.

Contacts for information include Markstrom, 450-5109; Heather Bauman, 992-9989; John DeWyse, 239-7942; Mike Jamrog, 948-1225; Greg Purtell, 248/921-6231; and Mike Stodolak, 450-4324.

The Bay County Veterans Council is made up of American Legion Post 18, American Legion Post 249, AMVETS Post 22, Military Order of the Purple Heart, P.L.A.V> Post 162, VFW Post 162, VFW Post 6950 and Viet Nam Veterans of Michigan, Chapter 494.

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