Each year at the golf tournament, the flags are presented and there is a moment of silence for all veterans, wounded or killed in battle.
By Dylanne Petros
The Roswell Elks Lodge 969 will be hosting its annual New Mexico Elks Wounded Warrior Project Sept. 13.
The event is a golf tournament and all proceeds earned will be donated to the Wounded Warriors Project and will be hosted at the NMMI golf course.
“We run the charity golf (tournament) and we also take time to honor our veterans at the tournament,” said Ralph Brown, charity golf chairperson.
The New Mexico Elks Wounded Warrior Project aims to serve the community’s veterans in making sure they have everything they need to live comfortably.
The proceeds raised from the tournament go to assisting veteran families in the Roswell community. In the last two years, Elks Lodge and Wounded Warriors have given more than $39,000 to 56 families in the community, Brown said.
The goal of this year’s tournament is $25,000, which is $3,000 more than what the Elks Lodge raised last year, he said.
Each year the Elks Lodge hosts a spring and fall tournament. Overall, there have been 11 charity tournaments and the community has donated more than $255,000.
Each year, the Elks Lodge accepts 24 four-person teams for the tournament.
“This tournament sells out as far as teams,” Brown said.
Brown said all 24 teams are signed up about two weeks before t
Donations for Wounded Warrior will be accepted until the day of the tournament and there are various levels of money that people can donate.
People can donate $100, which is classified as a bronze donation. With donating $100, the sponsors will get a sign, a hat and two tickets for lunch and refreshments on the day of the tournament. The silver donation is $250 and donators will receive a sign, two hats, and four tickets for lunch and refreshments, Brown said.
The next donation step is a gold donation of $500 and people will receive a banner, three hats and six tickets for lunch and refreshments. Platinum donations are $1,000 and the person will receive two banners, four hats and eight tickets for lunch and refreshments. Finally, people who donate $5,000 will be considered an executive platinum sponsor and they will receive four banners, four hats, eight tickets for lunch and refreshments and one tournament team of four players.
All other monetary donations will be accepted as well.
“The reason we’ve been successful is that the community has responded to helping our veterans,” Brown said.
People who wish to form a team for the tournament must pay $70 per player, with a maximum of four players. The minimum handicap for teams is 40 and there may only be one single digit handicap per team.
The tournament will start at 8 a.m. at NMMI golf course. Lunch, refreshments and scoring will take place at the Elks Lodge, 1720 N. Montana Ave.
If people wish to sign up for the tournament all entries can be sent to 201 W. 19th St.
“To be able to raise $255,000 in the community of Roswell is a lot of money and you wouldn’t be able to do it if you didn’t have a good cause and a good story,” Brown said.