ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – Hitting the links to help our veterans: that’s what many did Thursday at Willow Creek Golf Course in Rochester for the 13th Annual “Tee It Up For the Troops” Charity Golf Event.
The event has been sold out for months and is expected to raise more than $75,000 for veteran support programs and organizations.
“The purpose of the event is for soldiers deployed and ones out of the service as far as helping them with medical bills, housing… any type of thing a soldier would need,” said Mike Pruitt, who serves on the committee for the event.
A short program took place before golfers could tee off. A parachute jump by the Patriot Parachute Team kicked off the program. The team of veteran skydivers carried the U.S. flag through the sky while they made their way down to the 18th green.
Veterans from World World Two and Korea attended the program as well as eight Gold Star families. Part of the program included honoring nine WWII veterans and recognizing those Gold Star families for their sacrifice and loss of their loved ones. SSG Kenneth Stumpf, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, was also honored .
“We wanted to support a good cause and we wanted to support the fact our troops are giving their lives and this is the little bit we can do to help them,” said golfer Jason Krueger.
In 13 years, more than $800,000 has been raised for the golf tournament. The funds help several national and local military and veteran service organizations.