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‘Honoring Heroes’ golf tourney raises $20,000

Posted 4 September 2019 at 8:08 pm

Provided photo: Members of the McNeil family along with Kevin and Cindy Diehl present Amy Tausch with a $20,000 check. Kneeling is Tim Wright. The front row, from left, includes Eric Bison, Amy Tausch, Cindy Diehl, Faye McNeil, Michele Bison and Tammie Miller. Back row is Jeff Miller, Kevin Diehl, Kathy Snyder and Chris Miller.

Courtesy of Owen Toale

HOLLEY – The eighth annual Honoring Heroes Golf Tournament was recently held at Hickory Ridge Golf Resort. The tournament – benefitting the New York Warrior Alliance, Home of Operation Wounded Warrior – netted the organization $20,000.

Funds will be used to serve wounded military personnel and their families in the area. In addition to providing financial support to the military members and their caregivers, the organization has conducted over 11 missions to Walter Reed Military Medical Center with supplies to aid the patients. The Alliance is a 501(c)(3) organization with an all-volunteer staff and no administrative or travel costs. Amy Tausch is the founder of the organization and continues to lead it.

Two years ago one of the driving forces behind the tournament passed away. Mac McNeil worked tirelessly raising funds and getting donations for the tournament. His help, along with  that of Kevin and Cindy Diehl – owners of Hickory Ridge – helped make the tournament the success that it has become.

The future of the tournament was up in the air last year with the passing of Mac but the McNeil family, along with others, worked to make last year’s tournament successful and continued on with the event this year.

The memory of how hard Mac worked to help the veterans pushed all the volunteers to once again come through with a success. Now with the recap of this past tournament, plans are underway for the 2020 tournament next July.

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