SOURCE: MountainGate Veterans Appreciation Tournament

June 13, 2008 09:30 ET

Wounded Warrior Golf Tournament Slated for MountainGate August 11

WWP Serves Seriously Wounded Iraq, Afghanistan Vets; Medal of Honor Winner to Be Guest of Honor

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - June 13, 2008) - To aid armed forces veterans seriously wounded in Iraq, Afghanistan and other terrorist locations, MountainGate Country Club, Brentwood, is sponsoring a golf and tennis tournament Aug. 11 whose proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).

Grand co-sponsor of the event is the noted investment banking firm, Citi Smith Barney, who is donating $25,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project.

"I don't think there's ever been a golf tournament dedicated to a more deserving cause," said Don Schwarz, a Citi Smith Barney senior vice president who is serving as Honorary Chair of the tournament's Financial Services committee.

Michael Thornton, a Medal of Honor recipient, will be guest of honor, Schwarz said.

So far WWP has ministered to more than 12,000 veterans suffering from amputations, brain disorders and other combat-inflicted wounds, reported Todd Gould, the organization's western area spokesperson.

"While the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration have provided yeoman service, we know from personal experience there is no other organization as attuned to the special needs of this military population as WWP," added Gould who served as an Army captain.

WWP's services start at the bedside of the wounded at Army and Navy hospitals and proceed during rehabilitation and after the veteran is on his/her own, explained Gould. "This ongoing involvement by WWP is critically important," he added, noting that many of the wounded veterans will need emotional, financial and/or administrative support for the remainder of their lives.

The organization initiates its personalized service by delivering to the hospitalized veteran a backpack which includes toiletries, phone card, clean underwear, a CD player and related items. It then moves to provide counseling on benefits and how to access the right agencies to attain those benefits.

"As recent headlines have indicated," Gould noted, "the veteran and his family often have to confront a maze of obstacles to get those benefits. WWP helps to eliminate those obstacles."

Sponsorship Opportunities

The MountainGate shotgun tournament will include breakfast, lunch and an awards dinner, said Elliott Dix, chairman of the MountainGate Veterans Appreciation Tournament (MVAT).

"Several wounded warrior veterans also will participate in the tournament despite their titanium legs and other prosthetics," Dix related.

(Interestingly, government healthcare agencies are finding that returning handicapped veterans to sporting activities is one of the best psychological therapies, said WWP's Gould.)

"The tournament is seeking sponsorships from the business community, community organizations and individuals," Dix said. Sponsorship categories include: Co-Sponsors, $25,000; Platinum, $5,000; Gold, $3,000; Silver, $1,500; Court Sponsor, $1,000; and Tee Sponsor, $500.

For information on sponsorships contact: Chris Bonvie, MountainGate Country Club, 310.476.6215, ext. 235; or e-mail:

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