*Pictured Above (From Left to Right): Monty Duncan, Chris Cygan, David Evangelista, Dan Zimmer, Ben Pasquith, Ryan Roberts, Christian Schappacher, Will Massey)
(RESTON, Va.) – For the fourth consecutive year, Billy Casper Golf is raising money for the
In the last three years, WLGO has raised over a $1 million for families who have military members receiving medical treatment, with over $33,000 raised for Fisher House within the first month of registration in 2019.
And on May 22, a group of general managers and regional directors from various Florida Billy Casper Golf partner courses visited the Unique to all other Fisher Houses, the Orlando location was fully constructed with funds raised from WLGO and opened on Feb. 14, 2018 at the Orlando VA Medical Center.
“It was great to see the direct benefit of funds raised through WLGO,” said Dans Zimmer, vice president of operations for Billy Casper Golf. “The Orlando Fisher House is an amazing facility. And the fact we were able to tour a Fisher House that WLGO helped fund, it helps motivate us to raise more money year after year.”
The group saw everything Fisher House has to offer from the stocked fridges and pantries, to the bedrooms where military families stay in for free.
They were led by Orlando Fisher House Program Director Terri Turner and Program Assistant Roy Daugherty, who was injured in Afghanistan and shot in Iraq when his son was young. His son is now eight years into his military career.
“This is more than a job for me,” Roy said to the group. “This is personal.”
That passion is also felt from Turner, who’s been working with the Department of Veteran Affairs for 38 years.
“I come in early, stay late, work weekends and love every second of it,” Turner told the group. “It’s the best (job) I’ve had in my 38 years with the VA.”
The BCG staff felt both of their passion, which made the trip even more special in seeing how WLGO affects the Fisher House Foundation.
“You got the sense it just wasn’t a job – it was a calling,” said Chris Cygan, Bent Creek Golf Course’s general manager. “You could tell they loved doing what they do in supporting military families. It lights a fire in you to raise as much money as possible.”
And after visiting the Orlando Fisher House, the group became even more motivated to raise money for Fisher House.
“It’s very satisfying to know that our golfers step up to the plate year after year to help raise money for such a worthy foundation,” said David Evangelista, regional director of marketing and sales. “When you visit the Fisher House, you just want to do more. It proves what we’re doing makes a huge difference for the lives of military families and those who make Fisher House what it is.”
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