The 8th Annual TAPS Golf Outing, hosted by EOIR, was another sellout event that raised over $76,000 for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), bringing the 8-year total of money raised up to $426,000. There were 27 sponsors this year with 4 top sponsors: EOIR, Leidos, AASKI, and RDM Engineering. EOIR also collected over 40 gift baskets, gift cards worth over $680, and merchandise donations from local businesses for the raffle prizes.
General Dynamics Mission Systems sponsored professional golfer Christina Lecuyer who raised over $800 for the cause by challenging golfers at a hole. The winners were entered in a raffle for a signed Cal Ripken, Jr. baseball bat.
Rain and passing thunderstorms drove this year’s event inside the Ruggles Clubhouse after about the ninth hold where golfers enjoyed a lunch catered by Mission Barbeque while they waited out the weather. They also listened to a light-hearted and inspiring speech given by TAPS family member Erin Yaggy about her late husband, Major David Laurence Yaggy, and the compassionate care and support that her and her daughter, 8-year-old Elizabeth (Lizzy) have since received from TAPS. Lizzy was there as well, and her role as raffle-ticket seller on the golf course was hugely successful. She also pulled prizes for the raffle drawings.
Ron Pratt, Senior Development Consultant at TAPS, said this golf outing is the most successful ongoing fundraiser for TAPS 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 and Debra Wassmer, thanking them for their exceptional volunteer service and support to TAPS, and he presented plaques to the EOIR volunteers as well, including Wendy Monahan and Doug Kelly.
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.