YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – It’s not unusual to see people packed out on the green on a beautiful summer day. But some golfers aren’t just out for a selfish day of fun and relaxation, they’re actually doing their part to help local veterans in need.
“Two 18-hole rounds of Par 3 golf and the proceeds come back to Keystone Warriors to help any wounded service member in the state of Pennsylvania,” said Paul Spurgin, executive director and co-founder of Keystone Warriors.
Welcome to the 4th annual Patriot Par 3 Challenge at the Heritage Hills Golf Resort. It’s the brainchild of golfer Duff Forsythe. He wanted to combine his love of the sport with his love of the country.
“I’m not a veteran,” Forsythe said. “I never had that opportunity, the timing and so forth. The more I’m involved with veterans, it’s amazing what they do, the sacrifices that they make.”
Keystone Warriors does everything from installing handicap ramps to paying bills for wounded heroes. While these golfers are slicing and putting their way to victory, the real winners are local veterans.
“Last year, we helped a wounded warrior and his family close to this area,” Spurgin said. “Last year, he sent me a Christmas card, and in that card he told me if it wasn’t for us he wouldn’t have made it.”
“It’s always nice to be able to do an event where you’re raising money and you know that the money is going to go to local people,” Forsythe said. “Local families right here in York that have benefited from the funds raised by Keystone Warriors.”
In its first year, the Patriot Par 3 Challenge raised just $3,000. This year they brought in more than $30,000. All of that money will go directly to the Keystone Warriors, making sure the veterans get the help they need.
If you missed this fundraiser, you can still donate your money or your time. For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/keystonewarriors/home