A fundraiser to help disabled veterans recapture mobility, strength and athleticism is set for Highland Greens Golf Course on Saturday, May 22.
The Wounded Warriors golf tournament is a scramble-format competition with a shotgun start at 9 a.m., said Frank Dorchak, coordinator for the Salute Military Golf Association in northeastern New York.
The cost is $50 per person for a foursome and includes 18 holes of golf with use of a cart, door prizes, contests and a chicken barbecue.
There is room for about 30 teams to play on the course at 1055 Route 11B in the Town of Dickinson, about 12 miles west of Malone.
Proceeds go toward programming that teaches golf to amputees and service members with other physical challenges.
It will also be an opportunity to learn how the North Country could form its own chapter of the association and help disabled vets in the region.
A special guest for the tournament will be one of the golf program's many participants, Sgt. Ramon Padilla of Wheaton, Md.
He was serving with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Afghanistan in July 2007 when the blast of a rocket-propelled grenade severed his left arm and fractured his skull, leaving him with a traumatic-brain injury.
Now, nearly three years later, he is an example of the program's success, Dorchak said.
"I really hope we get a lot of people to come out and meet this young man," he said.
Registrations will be taken up until tee time, but Dorchak said it is helpful for teams to register in advance to give the golf course ample time to arrange for carts and the meal.
Those who want to support the Wounded Warriors effort but don't want to golf may attend the barbecue at a cost of $10 per person, he said.
To register or for more information, call 483-6272 or send a check to Frank Dorchak, 7 Hallam Circle, Malone, N.Y., 12953.
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