Saturday, December 3, was a chilly morning for over 100 golfers who came out to Grand Canyon University Golf Course to play in our 6th annual tournament. We were honored to have the Luke Air Force Base Honor Guard onsite for a touching presentation of the flags. Shortly afterward the golfers took off in their carts for 18 holes of fun.
Adding challenge (and fun) to the course were the Putts 4 Privileges golf ball cannon, Dixon Golf drive challenge and a putting green contest. Putts 4 Privileges set up a golf cannon that players could use to shoot their ball to the green. This challenge raised funds for both Soldier’s Best Friend and The First Tee of Phoenix, a youth development organization that introduces the game of golf and its inherent values to young people. Not only was it a great fundraiser, but it was exciting to try. Dixon Golf set up on two separate holes giving golfers a different experience to challenge their skills. Thanks to the Heels for Combat ladies who volunteered to run the putting green contest. They added a unique to this year’s putting contest.
After finishing the course, golfers came back to the GCU clubhouse for a delicious Italian lunch and prize announcements. Thank you to our generous sponsors for supporting the tournament, all the volunteers who gave their time to help run the tournament, the golfers who played that day and GCU Golf Course for hosting us at their recently renovated course. Players told us the course was spectacular. A special “thank you” to Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation | The Parker Team for coming on board as this year’s title sponsor, as well as providing great goodie bags for each player.
Watch for an announcement of next year’s tournament. We look forward to seeing you there!
Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.
Last year over 700,000 people from over 70 countries raised $116,000,000 on this one special day of giving. This one-day event is a global effort to raise funds for nonprofits with causes that make a difference. Soldier’s Best Friend is one of those great causes. Won’t you please check out our page and help us spread the word?
Giving Tuesday was founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. Together, with a team of influencers and founding partners, they launched a global movement that has engaged over 30,000 organizations worldwide.
Save $200 on the Annual Golf Tournament Registration for Foursomes!
Price effective November 25, 2016 to November 28, 2016 at Midnight
We have spots for 12 more golfers in our upcoming golf tournament. Take advantage of our Black Friday limited offer and join us on Saturday, December 3 for a fun day. This limited offer includes $300 foursomes and $75 single registrations. That’s a savings of $200 for a foursome and $50 for a single golfer.
Soldier’s Best Friend 6th Annual Golf Tournament
Sponsored by Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation | The Parker Team
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Grand Canyon University Golf Course | 5902 W Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ
4 person scramble – Check-in at 7:30 am Shotgun start at 8:30 am
On this day of remembrance and gratitude, we celebrate the men and women who have bravely served our nation and fought to maintain our freedoms. For some the fight continues, long after they return home. We encourage everyone to be aware of the internal battles that veterans may face. Today, and everyday, we thank all veterans for your service, courage, and strength.
An exciting milestone reached! We’re proud to share that a total of 150 veteran/dog teams have successfully completed our service dog training program. Congratulations to the 17 teams who accomplished their goals and graduated this week. Below are a some of these teams’ graduation portraits. Thank you Victory Fotos for capturing these special moments and your dedication to SBF and the veteran/dog teams we serve.
We’ve posted a few sample photos of the graduation ceremony on our Facebook page. Watch for more next week.
The goal of raising $250,000 to meet the Dorrance Family Foundation Matching Gift Challenge was reached. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Matching Gift Challenge to help make the dream of a Soldier’s Best Friend training campus become a reality. Your gift will have a lasting impact for veterans, their families and homeless Arizona dogs.
Wishing everyone a happy and safe 4th of July! Thank you to all the veterans who sacrificed for our country to protect our freedom. Our Facebook page has good information for helping pets who react to fireworks. If you are a veteran, family or friend of a veteran who is struggling with the holiday, the VA Crisis Line is available 24/7 with confidential support. See contact information below.
Sponsorship opportunities are open to support the 6th Annual Soldier’s Best Friend Golf Tournament. Come on board now to take full advantage of all your sponsorship benefits. Questions? Contact Soldier’s Best Friend at 623.218.6486 or [email protected]
Thank you for considering a Sponsorship opportunities to support this important fundraiser and, more importantly, to support our brave veterans and their canine partners.
As we pause on Memorial Day to honor the service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending our country, let’s also remember our military veterans who came back home and now live with their wounds of war. Many need our help, and the need will continue for the foreseeable future. In Arizona alone, it is estimated that more than 120,000 veterans are affected by PTSD. We ask you to consider supporting our mission. You can significantly impact the lives of veterans, their families and communities, and rescued dogs. You can truly make a difference.