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America’s Heroes Charity Golf Tournament Raises $140,000 for Warrior Canine Connection; Brings Total Given to WCC Over Five Years to More than $900k

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 30, 2019

BOYDS, Md. – The America’s Heroes Charity Golf Tournament, an annual fundraiser hosted by the Naval Postgraduate School Alumni Association and Foundation (NPSAAF), raises donations to support wounded Service Members, Veterans and their families. This year, the tournament generously provided Warrior Canine Connection (WCC) with $140,000 for its service dog training program for Veterans; the amount brings NPSAAF’s total donated to WCC over the past five years to $934,394.

“We are humbled and so grateful to have received this level of support from the Naval Postgraduate School Alumni Association and Foundation — not just this year but for the past five years!,” said Rick Yount, founder and executive director, Warrior Canine Connection. “This gift is not only a magnificent gesture of support for our programs, it’s also a testament to this amazing community that is doing so much to support our Service Members, Veterans and their families.”

An annual event since 2006, the America’s Heroes Charity Golf Tournament has raised more than $1.8M in donations since its inception. This year, close to 200 golfers turned out to participate in the golf tournament on the Monterey Peninsula, and close to 350 people joined the fundraising dinner.

“Charities like Warrior Canine Connection have been the focus of our America’s Heroes Charity Golf Tournament for 14 years,” says Rich Patterson, CEO of the Naval Postgraduate School Alumni Association and Foundation. “We are proud to support WCC and the vital service this organization provides to our country’s veterans.”

This tournament, coupled with other fundraisers in California, plays a significant role in supporting the operations of WCC’s Menlo Park, California site. Through the Menlo Park site, WCC is providing its Mission Based Trauma Recovery (MBTR) training and other partner programs in the area.

To learn more, visit the America’s Heroes Charity Golf Tournament website.

For more information, please contact Beth Bourgeois, Warrior Canine Connection, at beth.bourgeois@warriorcanineconnection.org or 719-216-3206.

 

About Warrior Canine Connection
Warrior Canine Connection is a pioneering organization that utilizes a Mission Based Trauma Recovery model to empower returning combat Veterans who have sustained physical and psychological wounds while in service to our country. Based on the concept of Warriors helping Warriors, WCC’s therapeutic service dog training program is designed to mitigate symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and other challenges, while giving injured combat Veterans a sense of purpose, and help in reintegrating back into their families and communities. For more information, visit www.warriorcanineconnection.org.

About the Naval Postgraduate School Alumni Association and Foundation
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Alumni Association & Foundation supports and advances the mission of NPS, our nation’s premier military graduate institution. Top military and civilian leaders come to NPS to learn how to combat current and future national security challenges. We support these leaders during their time at NPS and after they graduate to continue serving around the world. We also fund defense innovation research at NPS that directly impacts and strengthens our Department of Defense. For more information, visit www.npsfoundation.org .