United Through Reading and Support the Enlisted Project Raise $63,000 at 3rd Annual Golf Tournament

July 15, 2019

SAN DIEGO — United Through Reading and Support The Enlisted Project hosted their third annual joint golf tournament, ‘Swing for our Heroes’, on Friday, June 28th at Admiral Baker Golf Course. Together they were able to raise more than $63,000 to support military families facing financial challenges (STEP) and staying connected with storytime during times of separation (UTR).

“It’s always a great day when we can support our military families alongside our partners at STEP,” said Kara Dallman, Senior Director of Development and Strategic Alliances for United Through Reading. “This annual golf tournament raises needed funds to assist service members and their families during times of physical separation and financial hardship; we are so grateful to the local San Diego community for participating in our golf tournament to support our service members.”

The tournament featured a shotgun start and scramble format and included a number of standard proxy events such as men’s and women’s longest drive and men’s and women’s closest to the pin. Mulligan packages were available for purchase that included two mulligans, co-branded hats and drink tickets. After a round of golf, participants enjoyed traditional American fare, a silent auction, and live auction. The live auction offered high-end packages including a stay in Mammoth, a week in Rosarito Beach in Mexico, a Fujikura Driver Shaft & Fitting along with a Scotty Cameron 2018 Laguna Putter, a Rascal Flatts concert VIP package, and a Padres package including 4 game tickets and signed merchandise.

“We continue to be grateful for our partnership with UTR and the annual golf tournament. It was another beautiful day with our golfers and volunteers who are choosing to give back to military and veteran families at home and abroad,” said STEP CEO & Co-Founder Tony Teravainen.

It also included recognition of the event’s sponsors: Course Marshal Sponsor – Umpqua Bank; Eagle Sponsors-Soapy Joe’s, PM Tec, IntegrITS, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc,; Birdie Sponsors-USS Midway Museum, Terry Magee, California State University San Marcos, KES, Inc., City National Bank, Bluejacketeer, Par Sponsors- San Diego Padres, Lt. Gen (R) Michael T. Flynn and Family, RADM (R) Stephen Loeffler and Deborah Loeffler, and Booz Allen Hamilton; and Tee Sponsors-Sentek Global, SBG Technology Solutions, Pettit Kohn Ingrassia Lutz & Dolin, LRAD, Lockheed Martin, LevitZacks, INDUS Technology, Epsilon Systems Solutions and Bank of America.

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About United Through Reading

United Through Reading is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit organization founded 30 years ago. UTR’s mission is to unite military families facing physical separation by facilitating the bonding experience of reading aloud. United Through Reading offers service members the opportunity to be video-recorded reading storybooks to children at home which eases the stress of separation, maintains positive emotional connections, and cultivates a love of reading and early childhood literacy. At more than 200 recording locations worldwide at any given time, service members can read to the children who are special to them on military bases and outposts, deployed U.S. Navy ships, U.S. Coast Guard cutters, and at select Armed Services YMCAs and VA in-patient clinics. Since its inception, more than 2 million military parents, spouses, and children have benefited from the program.

About Support the Enlisted Project

Support The Enlisted Project (STEP) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit helping military and veteran families in crisis build financial self-sufficiency through counseling, grants, and additional support programs. Our areas of responsibility include the eight southernmost counties in California: San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside, Kern, and Imperial. We are 100% funded by generous contributions from individuals, organizations, corporations, and foundations to support our mission. Since 2012 we have been able to respond to more than 5,135 applications for counseling services in the face of a financial crisis and granted $2.2 million dollars. STEP is a GuideStar Platinum Exchange Participate, a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity (A+), and a three-time, Charity Navigator 4-Star organization.