COPPERAS COVE — Thirteen teams of golfers teed off Friday morning in honor of veterans in a tournament at the Hills of Cove Golf Course.
The tournament was sponsored by Star Group — Veterans Helping Veterans for Veterans Day.
The Hills of Cove course has been the site of a fundraising golf tournament nearly every week for the last four weeks, but for some sponsors and players, this tournament was a priority because it benefitted veterans.
Josh Cary of All American Chevrolet donated the vehicle for the hole-in-one prize. The Copperas Cove High School graduate said his commitment to the tournament goes back to his roots.
“This organization is near and dear to my heart,” Cary said. “I grew up in a military family and spent 22 years as a military kid with my father in the service. So, this is all about the veterans for me.”
VFW Post 9191 member Eddie Alexander is a Vietnam War veteran who came from Killeen to thank the sponsors and players for supporting the tournament.
“I think this is just wonderful, and we need more organizations that support soldiers and families during these times of repeated deployments,” Alexander said.
Stoney Brook Senior Living Community also sponsored the tournament as way to give back to an organization that supports its residents.
“(Veterans Helping Veterans) is an amazing organization that supports Stony Brook throughout the year, and it just makes sense that we would return the support,” said Chelsey Haefner, senior community marketing director for Stony Brook.
Haefner said from 80 to 90 percent of the facility’s male residents are retired military.
This is the first golf tournament for Star Group — Veterans Helping Veterans.
All monies raised will provide 350 Thanksgiving baskets for families in need in Killeen, Copperas Cove, Harker Heights and Nolanville.
The families are selected by the school districts.
Any remaining funds are earmarked for the organization’s new headquarters under renovation in Copperas Cove.