The Waldorf Astoria in New York City was the site of a benefit dinner for the 10th Annual Wounded Warrior Project(WWP) Courage Awards in late May. Peter Hill, Chairman & CEO of Billy Casper Golf, was presented the prestigious Talkhouse Award for Community Service. The award was in recognition of Hill’s brainchild, The World’s Largest Golf Outing, the simultaneous golf outing across America that has raised more than $2 million for WWP since its inception in 2011.
In addition to Hill, actor Mark Wahlberg was recognized with the new James Gandolfini Award for his participation in commercials highlighting WWP and the challenges service members face as they transition back into civilian life. Wahlberg became an advocate for veterans’ issues during the launch of his film “Lone Survivor.”
“Our Billy Casper Golf Team has embraced the values of patriotism and compassion to help advance the Wounded Warrior Project mission to honor and empower our Wounded Warriors,” says Hill. “While I’m deeply honored to receive this award, the real heroes are our armed forces and the thousands of golfers who play in the single-day golf fundraiser to benefit WWP.”
Past Talkhouse Award recipients include Under-Armour Chairman & CEO Kevin Plank, Tough Mudder, U-Haul, the New York Police & Fire Departments, country singer Trace Adkins and baseball star Johnny Damon.
“Billy Casper Golf came to us simply with the desire to help,” says Adam Silva, Chief Development Officer for WWP. “Our relationship is amazing and it is awe-inspiring the event has grown into a national fundraiser transforming countless lives. “
Save the date-August 3, 2015. The World’s Largest Golf Outing on Monday the 3rd, will be played coast to coast . This year, other management companies- Troon Golf, Club-Corp Golf, and Toll Brothers Golf have joined hands with Billy Casper Golf to have over 150 courses available to all golfers, regardless of their ability, no handicap needed, and with proceeds and donations benefitting WWP.
I have played in it for 2 years now and am happy to contribute money to such a worthy cause. Last year’s record breaking edition saw 12,100 golfers, including 364 injured service members and our 42nd President, Bill Clinton, raising more than $887,000 for WWP.
To find a course near you and how to register go to www.WorldsLargestGolfOuting.com.
The mission of the Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, help injured service men and women aid and assist each other, and provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. Wounded Warrior Project is a national, non-partisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. You can contribute to the WWP if you are not a golfer.
For more information and to get involved go to www.WounderWarriorProject.org.