East Amherst, NY – Wanakah Country Club, under leadership of Tom and Sarah Waring, once again held the annual Tee It Up for the Troops golf event this past September to support active duty and retired military members and their families, fellow patriots, and honored wounded warriors who have given their lives in the defense of our freedoms. PGA HOPE WNY (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) was honored once again to receive over $10,000 as a beneficiary of this outstanding event that gives back over $30,000 each year to local not-for-profits and over $60,000 to national not-for -profits that support veteran causes.

“On behalf of our PGA Professionals and Veterans that we serve we are so humbled that Tee it Up for the Troops, Wanakah CC Members, and local community businesses once again stepped up to the plate in a big way. Many of our businesses and livelihoods may have been on hold this year with COVID-19 but the support that our veterans need should never be put on hold. Thank you to everyone who had a hand in making this possible in 2020.” – Steven Bartkowski, WNYPGA Executive Director

PGA HOPE WNY is the flagship military program of PGA REACH WNY, the charitable foundation of the Western New York Section, PGA of America. PGA HOPE introduces golf to Veterans with disabilities to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. The program introduces the game of golf through a developmental 6-8 week curriculum, taught by PGA Professionals trained in adaptive golf and military cultural competency. All programs are funded by the support of organizations such as Tee it Up for the Troops, PGA REACH and supplemented by PGA REACH WNY, so the cost of programming is free to all Veterans. This past year, despite restrictions in place with COVID-19, PGA HOPE WNY was able to support close to 100 veterans throughout the region.

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