March 4, 2015
One of the best parts of being involved with State Government Affairs Council is its dedication to help others. In November at its Leaders Policy Conference, the group raised money for Tee It Up for the Troops with a golf tournament.
Problem is I don’t golf. I have tried. I don’t golf. I can drive the golf cart, but to go out on the course…I look like Rodney Dangerfield in Caddyshack.
Thanks to SGAC and Tee It Up for the Troops we were able to help by bidding on a golf bag. In this case it was a bidding war with Chris Badgley from Daiichi Sankyo until the group offered to throw in another bag if I matched his bid. So, I now have a golf bag.
Tee It Up for the Troops was established in 2005 and has donated nearly $4 million to honor, remember, respect, and support veterans and their families. This past year the group has:
- Assisted more than 22,000 military families, saving families more than $35 million in lodging costs alone, plus food and transportation;
- Helped nearly 4,000 veterans to restore a sense of self, family, and hope;
- Served more than 1,500 of the most severely wounded service members with year-round programs in more than 30 different sports nationwide; and
- Reunited more than 50 wounded veterans who were separated due to battlefield injuries, changes in rehabilitation, or other reasons beyond their control.
State and Federal Communications knows when we team up with others we help make a difference. If you are so inclined, check out www.teeitupforthetroops.org to see how you can help.
Until next month, see what you can do to help others less fortunate.
Elizabeth Z. Bartz
President and CEO