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April 19, 2013

Event to support wounded vets

MALONE — Sgt. First Class Roy Mitchell, who lost a leg while serving in Afghanistan, is guest speaker at an upcoming fundraiser sponsored by the Salute Military Golf Association.

The steak dinner, set for Saturday, April 27, at the Malone Golf Club, will raise money to teach the sport of golf to disabled American veterans who have lost limbs while serving their country.

The event begins with a cocktail hour at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6.

All funds raised will go to the Wounded Warrior Golf Training Center founded at St. Lawrence University in Canton, said Frank Dorchak, director of the association’s Northeast New York chapter.

The center is situated close to the U.S. Army installation at Fort Drum, where many of its students are in recovery.

In addition to amputations, the injured soldiers, sailors, Marines and Air Force personnel may suffer from post-traumatic-stress disorder and have trouble adjusting to life back home.

That’s why encouraging them to learn a new skill and to become physically active again is so important, he said.

FREE CLUBS

The Training Center offers classes that run for eight weeks and four-day clinics that attract veterans from all over the state.

Clinics are also set up at different host golf courses, he said.

The golf pros teach the veterans, and when the classes are done, the students are given a free set of clubs adapted for their use.

There is no charge to the veterans for the clinic, greens fees, golf-cart use or other costs.

That’s what the fundraisers and donations are for, Dorchak said.

GOLF TOURNEYS

The Malone event will also feature a silent auction with high-quality items up for bid, including home-made quilts, woodworking projects, fresh maple syrup, an Adirondack chair and more.

There will also be a 50-50 raffle, a money tree and, weather permitting, a putting contest.

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