Wounded warriors, legislators to play Washington tourney

Published 8:30 pm Wednesday, July 17, 2013

On July 27, Beaufort County’s legislators on the state and federal level will descend upon the Washington Yacht and County Club golf course for a truly good cause: supporting wounded U.S. military service members, their families and families of the fallen.

U.S. Congressman Walter Jones, N.C. Senator Bill Cook, N.C. Representative Paul Tine and N.C. Representative Michael Speciale, along with 25 teams of four, will play a round to benefit Hope for the Warriors, a national, nonprofit agency providing much needed services to the wounded.

“This is the first time it’s been done at the country club,” said Daniel Bergevin, one of the organizers of the event. “We hope for it to be a success so we can do it every year.”

Bergevin serves as the WYCC president, but it was County Commissioner Gary Brinn, who also sits on the club’s board, who brought the fundraiser to the board’s attention and brought in the participation of the four legislators. Brinn and Bergevin visited the Hope for the Warriors facility at Camp Lejeune and came back with a plan to help, Bergevin said.

“They provide physical, mental rehabilitation,” Bergevin said. “They help with entering back into the working world and helping them find jobs.”

Bergevin said that 17 teams of the 25 have already signed up, so they’re looking for more. Entry fee is $75, while “Hole and Tee” corporate sponsorships are being offered for $100.

“Between that and the entry fee, we’re hoping to raise a lot of money for the program,” he said. “All proceeds are obviously going toward the mission.”

While Hope for the Warriors does receive some federal funding, Bergevin said it’s fundraisers like these that fill in where federal dollars do not.

While it’s an honor that Senators and Representatives will be taking part in the tournament, the guests of honor will be arriving by bus to play a round of golf — wounded warriors, from Camp Lejeune.