To raise funds for postage to send care packages to deployed members of the U.S. military, Operation Adopt A Soldier hosted a golf tournament at Hartford Greens Country Club.
“All of the monies we make that day will go towards sending packages overseas,” said Operation Adopt A Soldier founder and chair Cliff Seguin.
The tournament took place on Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and had a full roster of teams of four, with more than 18 teams registered to hit the links for a fee of $45 including the cart per person.
“I was looking for a new venue to do something in this area,” said Operation Adopt A Soldier spokesperson Lila Myer via phone call. “It’s such a beautiful area.”
Myer said last month alone, 541 care packages were delivered overseas.
Seguin said the program would annually have a golf tournament but has not been able to for the last three years. He showed excitement by saying he would help in any way he could with the event and encouraging the golfers.
Active military and veterans and civilians served as participants and spectators for the round of golf that included a basket raffle, 50/50 tickets and a “mulligan.” The day of competition and bonding had incentives to play well, including the opportunity to win a Ford Mustang from Autosaver Ford of Comstock with a Hole-in-One on hole three.
Prizes for men and women for closest to the pin, longest drive and other categories were offered as well.
Sam’s U-Save Fuels of Fair Haven, Vermont also donated 100 gallons of heating fuel for the tournament.
Operation Adopt A Soldier was founded by Seguin and Dominick Commisso in 2003 when Seguin’s son was stationed in Iraq. Seguin’s initial seven soldiers he would send care packages to has snowballed into more than 350,000 packages delivered overseas by the Saratoga-based non-profit over the course of 18 years.
Seguin said there are currently more than 900 active military members on his list to receive care packages. He anticipates that list will increase substantially with the holidays quickly approaching, as packages are soon to be shipped every week until February.
Additionally, Operation Adopt A Soldier looks to put a smile on active military and veterans’ faces who are on the mainland with disabilities or suffering from PTSD with care packages and are assisted by volunteer counselors.
The volunteers recently assisted a handicapped Vietnam War vet with building a ramp to go to the veteran’s house.
For those that want to send a monetary donation to Operation Adopt A Soldier, send a check to Operation Adopt A Soldier to either Glens Falls National Bank or Saratoga National Bank.
For more information, contact Seguin at 518-260-9922 or email [email protected]