TGC for the Troops exceeds expectations in East Falmouth

Honorary Chairman Brigadier General Donald J. Quenneville (USAF, retired) of East Falmouth chaired the annual event that raised over $50,000 to assist local veterans and military personnel. Photo courtesy of the Golf Club of Cape Cod.

The Golf Club of Cape Cod, a private golf club located in East Falmouth, MA announced last week that receipts from its annual charity golf tournament to support of Cape Cod area veterans and active military personnel in need - TGC for the Troops -  was approximately $50,000, exceeding last year's net proceeds by $10,000.  Brigadier General Donald J. Quenneville (USAF, retired) of East Falmouth served as Honorary Chairman of this year's event. Quenneville is a former fighter pilot who spent more than 36 years serving both the active and reserve components of the Air Force, with many years of service at Otis Air Force Base.

One hundred forty-two golfers participated in this year's event. Many local and regional companies stepped forward to sponsor the tournament, including several owned and managed by TGC members.  "This is a team effort," said Gwen Errhalt, TGC for the Troops Tournament Director. "Our members support this event every year with their time as volunteers and resources. Our sponsors recognize that everyone who participates in TGC for the Troops have their hearts in the right place and are loyal customers.  Every year their generosity exceeds our expectations."  A year's membership at TGC, a Toyota, and a trip to Bermuda were among the hole-in-one prize offerings.  Live and silent auction items included a trip to Las Vegas; Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots tickets; and top-of-the-line golf equipment.   

The tournament began on an emotional note as colors were raised by members of the Color Guard of the 102nd Intelligence Wing, Otis AFB, and a moment of silence was observed in honor of U.S. Army corporal Matthew Gallagher of Falmouth who was killed June 26 in Northern Iraq. Gallagher, who would have turned 23 on July 5, was serving his second tour of duty.

In addition, the group was addressed by Brigadier General Thomas J. Sellars, Commander of the Massachusetts Army National Guard who provided sobering statistics regarding the financial needs of families of deployed servicemen and women.

The money brought in by the tournament is managed by The TGC Fund, a donor-advised fund overseen by the Cape Cod Foundation, and is distributed through 501(c)(3) organizations to veterans and local military families and individuals for food and fuel assistance as well as job training through a simple grant application process.  In addition, the TGC Fund supported MA Otis's Pantry, an on-base emergency food pantry for military families and veterans at Otis AFB.

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