[September 2014] The 7th Annual TAPS Golf Outing, hosted by EOIR, was a sellout event that raised over $60,000 for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), bringing the 7-year total of money raised up to $350,000. There were 21 total sponsors this year with 3 top sponsors: EOIR, Leidos, and RDM Engineering.
Booz Allen sponsored professional golfer Christina Lecuyer who raised over $1,200 for the cause by challenging golfers at a hole. The winners were entered in a raffle for a signed Cal Ripken, Jr. baseball bat.
Ron Pratt, Senior Development Consultant at TAPS, called this the most successful year yet and presented EOIR’s Chief Operating Officer Peter Cannito with an award, thanking him for EOIR’s support. Ron also presented an award to Brittany Paulshock, thanking her for her exceptional volunteer service and support to TAPS, and he presented plaques to the EOIR volunteers as well, including Joan Gostomski, Wendy Monahan, Allison Ehrman, Elton Marchena, Mary Piersa, Carrie Kelley, and Doug Kelly.
“After another fantastic turnout this year, we continue to be extremely appreciative of the extraordinary level of support from the APG community for this worthy cause,” said Cannito. “The sponsors, donors, and volunteers who support the TAPS Golf Outing make a tremendous difference in the lives of so many military families, and I am honored to be a part of this annual event.”
TAPS family member Erin Yaggy was there with her 7-year-old daughter, Elizabeth (Lizzy). Erin gave a light-hearted and inspiring speech about her late husband, a Major David Laurence Yaggy, and explained how helpful TAPS has been to her family. Lizzy also spoke about her father and explained how she has benefitted from TAPS by having the opportunity to attend camps and activities with other children who have lost a military parent. Lizzy said that she has met some of her best friends through the TAPS programs.
TAPS is a 24/7 tragedy assistance resource for anyone who has suffered the loss of a military loved one. Since its start in 1994, TAPS has provided immediate and long-term emotional help, hope, and healing to more than 40,000 people grieving the death of a service member. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, casework assistance, and connections to community-based care.
Chesapeake Logos took 1st place in this year’s tournament.