The Bob Woodruff Foundation Announces Second Annual Veterans Classic to Support Food Insecurity Initiatives
Event includes golf, pickleball, and a celebration of our veterans
WESTHAMPTON, New York, March 28, 2023 — The Bob Woodruff Foundation is thrilled to announce their second annual Veterans Classic will take place at the Westhampton Country Club on Monday, May 22 beginning at 10:30 am. In addition to the golf tournament, guests can participate in a pickleball clinic and round robin during the afternoon’s events. The Veterans Classic also includes lunch, dinner, cocktails, and an awards ceremony. The Patriot Parachute Team will jump in at 11:30 a.m., kicking off the day’s events. Supported by event co-chairs Colin Heffron and Mike Hoffman, proceeds benefit Bob Woodruff Foundation’s work in food insecurity for the military/veteran community. Find additional information, including registration details, at bobwoodrufffoundation.org/events.
“This Memorial Day as we gather to honor those who have served, through our Veterans Classic we’re also raising funds to address food insecurity within our military and veteran community,” said Anne Marie Dougherty, CEO of the Bob Woodruff Foundation. “We know that approximately one in six military families are food insecure. To address this, the Bob Woodruff Foundation invests in programs that meet our veterans’ and service members’ immediate food needs. These programs also provide services to tackle the root causes of food insecurity.”
The Bob Woodruff Foundation is excited to present the Patriot Parachute Team this year. This team is a veteran-owned and operated company that continues to serve by performing exciting shows around the nation to inspire the next generation of patriots and raise awareness for veteran causes to include transitioning from active duty to civilian.
“Nationally, too many of our veterans, service members and their families struggle with food insecurity,” said Bob Woodruff, ABC Correspondent and Foundation co-founder. “Specific to New York, since 2021, the Bob Woodruff Foundation has invested over $1.5 million in organizations that provide food and financial assistance to meet the basic needs of over 35,000 veterans across the state. Further, in that same time, our support helped our partners deliver nearly 400,000 pounds of food to veterans in New York City.”
The inaugural Veterans Classic in 2022 raised more than $250,000 to support the Foundation’s mission to find, fund, shape, and accelerate equitable solutions that help veterans, service members, their families, and their caregivers thrive. Since 2006, the Foundation has invested more than $124 million in programs that meet the needs of these individuals. The event takes place ahead of Memorial Day. On this federal holiday, we mourn our US military service members who died while serving.
Research shows that military families experience food insecurity—households have limited or uncertain access to adequate food—at a higher rate than the national average. In response, the Bob Woodruff Foundation, with support from Craig Newmark Philanthropies, invests in solutions to end veteran food insecurity. The Foundation works to address veteran issues and ensure their needs are represented in national dialogues about food insecurity/food scarcity. We integrate those efforts with ongoing food security efforts and analysis around the country. The Foundation’s food insecurity investments address the root causes of hunger. These include housing stability and employment services for vulnerable veterans, and the direct provision of food.
For the Veterans Classic, foursomes are $10,000. Hole sponsorships are available and include signage recognition and two dinner tickets for $1,000 per hole. Individual playing spots are available for $2,500, and the Foundation will pair those players with a group. Caddies are included. Find more information, including registration, at bobwoodrufffoundation.org/events.
ABOUT THE BOB WOODRUFF FOUNDATION
The Bob Woodruff Foundation was founded in 2006 after reporter Bob Woodruff was wounded by a roadside bomb while covering the war in Iraq. Since then, the Foundation has led an enduring call to action for people to stand up for heroes and meet the emerging and long-term needs of today’s veterans, including suicide prevention, mental health, caregiver support, and food insecurity. To date, BWF has invested over $124 million to find, fund and shape programs that have empowered veterans, service members, and their family members across the nation. Visit the Bob Woodruff Foundation for more information: www.bobwoodrufffoundation.org.