Business Jet Cares, the 501(c)(3) charitable organization created by Business Jet Center and Business Jet Access, hosted its 7th Annual Cleared to Land on the Green Charity Golf Tournament on Nov. 15. A record breaking $70,000 was raised at the completely sold out event on a beautifully crisp Friday at the Cowboys Golf Club in Grapevine, Texas. The funds raised were donated to Folds of Honor and Patriot PAWS Service Dogs, each assisting families of military veterans by providing assistance through educational scholarships or living assistance.
“I am still in complete awe of all the support Business Jet Cares has received over the years. This tournament has grown into something much bigger than we ever expected, now selling out of golfer slots and sponsorships. It wouldn’t be possible without our golfers, sponsors and volunteers, for whom we couldn’t be more grateful. Putting on a charity golf tournament is no easy task, but it is truly a labor of love and something we look forward to each year. Freedom doesn’t come free and this is a very small way for us to say ‘thank you’ to all the men and women who have, and continue to, put their lives on the line,” said Cat Wren, chief experience officer at Business Jet Center and tournament coordinator.
The day kicked off with a gourmet breakfast, followed by a putting and chipping contest. Then, the 144 golfers hit the course for a 10 a.m. shotgun start where they participated in various games and competitions at each hole, as well as enjoyed a plethora of giveaways, snacks, music by DJ Astronaut and specialty drinks throughout the day. A main highlight included a Beat the Pro hole where participants tried to shoot closer to the pin than pro golfer, Hannah Wood. Another exciting competition was the Cannon Shoot, where golfers raised nearly $2,000 by donating to the tournament charities for the chance to shoot their golf ball 400 yards out of a custom cannon onto the green. In addition to the many activities, Patriot Paws Service Dogs brought puppies in training to the course to mingle with the golfers and pose for photos and even Santa made an appearance!
An awards ceremony and dinner concluded the tournament with special guest speakers from both of the philanthropic beneficiaries, including Sr. VP of the Folds of Honor Foundation Major Ed Pulido, U.S. Army (ret.), sharing personal testimonies on how each charity has assisted, and changed the lives of their families. To end the evening, Yeti Coolers and the opportunity to name a puppy in training (including updates on the pup’s training progress, when the puppy “graduates” and gets placed with a well-deserved veteran) were raffled off as grand prizes.
Submitted by Patriot PAWS Service Dogs.
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