[September 2013] The 6th Annual TAPS Golf Outing, hosted by EOIR, was a sellout event that raised $41,405 for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and surpassed sponsorship goals. There were 18 total sponsors with three top sponsors: EOIR, Reunite, and RDM Engineering. Ron Pratt, Senior Development Consultant at TAPS, called this the most successful year yet and presented Peter Cannito, EOIR’s Chief Operating Officer, with an award, thanking him for EOIR’s support.
“We had a great team of sponsors, donors, and volunteers without whom this level of success would not have been possible,” said Cannito. “We’re looking forward to seeing everyone out there again next year and to recruiting some new faces to support this worthwhile cause.”
Previously sponsored by Viecore FSD (now EOIR’s Mission Command directorate), the TAPS Golf Outing has raised more than $290,000 over the last 6 years in support of the families of fallen military heroes.
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.
TAPS family member Erin Yaggy was there with her 6-year-old daughter, Elizabeth. Erin gave a light-hearted and inspiring speech about her late husband, a Marine, and explained how helpful TAPS has been to her family.
City Light and Power took 1st place in the tournament. DRS came in 2nd, and EOIR’s Greg Schneck along with teammates from Chesapeake Logos and Reunite took 3rd place.