SOURCE: Lewis & Associates

August 10, 2008 15:00 ET

Medal of Honor Recipient Salutes Young Wounded Warriors at MountainGate Golf Tournament

$100,000 Raised for Wounded Warriors Who Play in Tournament

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - August 10, 2008) - No other golf tournament in recorded history has ever teed off like the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) tournament will today (Aug. 11) -- with a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient escorting wounded warriors from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to their golf carts.

Playing with one arm or one leg, these young veterans from all services will be cheered on by MOH recipient Michael Thornton and more than 200 golfers who will participate in the fund-raising event at MountainGate Country Club, Brentwood.

In a dramatic opening ceremony with the golfers saluting the wounded warriors and a color guard honoring the veterans, the event is expected to raise more than $100,000, said Elliot Dix, event chairman. Grand co-sponsors are MGCC and Citi Smith Barney.

"It's a real honor for me to be with these young men, who are the real heroes," said Thornton, who rescued his seriously wounded commanding officer by slinging him over his shoulder and running over 400 yards through a hail of enemy fire until he could get him out to sea and then floating with him two hours until rescued by the South Vietnamese Navy.

A non-profit organization, the WWP renders a wide range of services, which start at the bedside of severely wounded veterans, says Todd Gould, the organization's western area spokesperson.

The former Army captain says WWP's first contact with a wounded warrior starts at the hospital bedside and includes presenting him/her with a backpack of comfort items that include tee shirts, underwear, toiletries, phone card, CD player and other necessities for building morale.

"It may not sound like much," he adds, "but for a man or woman returning from combat who has nothing else, it's a lot."

Added wounded warrior golfers Norbie Lara, Los Angeles, and David Foss, Irvine, "We just love the whole idea of this tournament. It makes us feel that our sacrifices are being recognized."

The evening festivities, kicked off by a five-plane flyover, will include a dinner program with actress Karri Turner as mistress of ceremonies and a stirring rendition of the Star Spangled Banner by Steve Amerson, whose voice has been heard in more than 100 feature films and TV commercials.

The event was the second sponsored by the MountainGate Veterans Appreciation Tournament.

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