By Cheri Fisher and Su Phelps Photos by Su Phelps

The 1st Annual 22 Warrior Golf Tournament was held on October 20, 2017 at the Siena Golf Club in Las Vegas NV. The event was to raise funds for the training of rescue pets for the Veterans who are suicidal and suffering from PTSD.

Retired Navy Captain Rod Carlone, 29 years as a military Anti-sub warfare pilot, is the President of the Nevada Republican Men’s Club here in Las Vegas, explained that the events purpose is to show that the veterans are helping to take care of their own and that, in doing this, we only make the fiber of America stronger. He also wants to expand the program out to see if it has the rate of success that was shown with this first event.

Sherry Rickard, Board of Directors member of the NRMC, and Stephan White Event Manager for the NRMC, told us that there were 64 golfers and an additional 50 for lunch at the event. This event was in the planning stages for a year and a half and had numerous board members and committee members to help make this a great success. Cindy Parker, also a Board member, explained that some donations were made so that some of the veterans could come and play. Cindy also invited a Vietnam vet to the event and he won the longest putt, gross score winners were Walter Whitman, BJ O’Grady, Jack Juan, Brian Clark, and the net score winners were, Bill Cole, Paul Kelleher, Andrew Wright and Robert Hernandez.

Marc Milkie the Major Gifts Officer of the Saint Ignatius School in Cleveland, which Rod Carlone is an alumnus, participated in the event. He works at the all boys’ school which teaches the young men the value of men for others, and he believes this event was a worthy cause for them to support.

Various other Veterans associations in the area supported this event with great enthusiasm, Valvoline Oil Company and The Nevada Republican Men’s Club sponsored the event. Saint Ignatius School sponsored the luncheon, and The Heroes in the Rough Veterans organization lead by Rob Jackson supported the event with many golfers other sponsors are listed below. They also had a silent auction with a lot of great prizes.

The Veterans Reporter News team had a great time and team member Dr Richard Small won a 4 hour limo ride donated by ETA Luxury Rides, on a raffle ticket.

A special tribute to committee members, Rodney Carlone, Susanne Spinelli, Linda Cannon, Stephen White, Phil Perine, Cindy Parker, LeRoy Lalley, Marlene Franklin, Sherry Rickard, Bill Cole, Dave Austin, Dwight Mazzone, for all their hard work and time planning this great event.

The atmosphere of patriotism and humanity was eternally glorified by this event; we can’t wait to see what happens next.