Hope for the Warriors Invitational – Community Outreach

by Sara Beck & Travis Harrington |

With celebrity guests baseball Hall-of-Famer Johnny Bench and World Series champion Doug Flynn, the annual Hope For The Warriors Invitational will be hosted at River Landing Country Club in Wallace, North Carolina. The event raises both awareness of the sacrifices made by the men and women serving in the military, and funds that help facilitate a variety of programs providing medical care, transition programs, career training, counseling and scholarships. The golf invitational will be held from August 14-16, and attendees are invited to the Warrior Night dinner, with a program that includes inspirational stories and a much anticipated silent auction.

Hope for Warriors InvitationalHope for the Warriors organization was founded to acknowledge and appreciate the personal sacrifices made every day by our military servicemen and women. Since 2006, the staff and volunteers behind Hope for the Warriors have worked tirelessly to provide support to any individuals who have been ‘touched by military service,’ and to show their appreciation for just how much these individuals have sacrificed for the sake of the entire country. Veterans, current service members, and their families all benefit from the organization. Hope for the Warriors strives to ensure that military personnel have every possible opportunity to sustain comfort and fulfillment in their lives outside of the military.

Robin Kelleher, president of The Hope for the Warriors, notes that one signature of the invitational is that the celebrity guests interact with the veterans in such a way that the celebrities aren’t the “important” people in the room. Hope for Warriors invitational

“The general officers and celebrities are wonderful in recognizing that they are not the celebrities at this event; they’re there to say ‘thank you’ and show their immense appreciation for the sacrifices that the service members have made,” says Kelleher. This humbling environment has an impact on all of the participants.

Kelleher is passionate about the ways in which Hope for the Warriors endeavors to make sure that sacrifice never goes unnoticed or underappreciated, and that the individuals who have made this sacrifice know that their sacrifices are meaningful to others. Kelleher tries to be as personally involved in the endeavors of the organization as possible, and says it is her goal to instill in her children, her own appreciation for sacrifice.

To inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact Raquel Painter at rpainter@hopeforthewarriors.org.

Contact Michelle Rademacher at mrademacher@hopeforthewarriors.org with questions regarding the golf invitational.