The mission of Northwest Golfers for Warriors is to support wounded warriors and local veterans and their families in need. Our intention is to provide funding to a variety of local organizations who each are helping our local veterans and their families in their own unique way. We believe this allows us to reach and assist a broad spectrum of local veterans who each have their own individual needs.
We intend on achieving this mission by providing an enjoyable means for the golfing public of the Northwest to directly participate in annual tournaments to raise funds in support of these most deserving men and women.
Northwest Golfers for Warriors is a 100% volunteer organization. It was established in 2011 and became a recognized 501 (c) (3) in 2013. The tournament was the idea of Christopher A. Runyan, at the time, head PGA Professional at Sun Dance Golf Course. With a small dedicated volunteer team the event was initiated. In year one, we attracted 110 golfers and were able to contribute $3,000 to WWP.
In year two (2012), we were able to attract 240 golfers and were able to contribute $15,000 to WWP. In year two we were able to attract Northern Quest Resort and Casino as our title sponsor. NQRC provided the room for our banquet and discounted services. They also wrote a direct check to WWP. We also received significant support from KHQ TV station.
In year three Northwest Golfers for Warriors became a registered 501 (c) (3) charity. In this year (2013) we had 340 golfers and were able to contribute $25,000 to WWP. We retained NQRC, and formalized our relationship with KHQ TV and their news broadcaster Dan Kleckner, who had participated in the tournament from the beginning.. We named the tournament Dan Kleckner's Golf Classic to give us improved credibility and exposure. In addition we received the backing of a major local auto dealer and a growing number of individuals and companies.
In year four (2014) we had 340 golfers and were able to contribute over $52,000. We contributed $22,200 to a local veteran support organization Newby-ginnings of North Idaho. This charity, founded by a gold star mom, provides for those vets who find themselves in need for even the most basic living needs. In its short existence Newby-ginnings has become a hub where those vets in need can be directed to other organizations who can more directly meet an individual’s specific needs. We also contributed $30,000 to the WWP.
In year five (2015) we moved our tournament from Sun Dance G.C. to Downriver G. C. We had 392 golfers and were able to contribute over $63,000 to local veterans and the WWP. We greatly expanded our local support efforts in this year, as has been our goal since Northwest Golfers for Warriors was founded. In addition we were able to sponsor over 100 active military and veterans to participate in Dan Kleckner's Golf Classic Friday Military Appreciation Day tournament and related events.
We provided funding to the following organizations, with over 75% of the funds remaining local.
In year six (2016) we had 321 players and were able to contribute over $65,000 to our local veterans. In addition we were able to fully sponsor over 100 veterans and active military to play in the Friday Military Appreciation Day tournament and related events.
One hundred percent of this years contributions remained local. The organizations receiving funds this year are:
In year seven (2017) we had 430 players and were able to contribute $60,000 to our local veterans. In addition through the generous support of the community, we were able to sponsor over 150 veterans and local military to play in the Friday Military Appreciation Day Tournament, banquet and related events.
The organizations receiving funds this year are:
Through your tremendous support and generous contributions Northwest Golfers for Warriors has been able to donate over $284,000.00 to organizations supporting these most deserving men, women, and their families. In addition we have fully sponsored over 250 local veterans and local military to participate. THANK YOU!
We are looking forward to 2018 and hope to continue with the success that you have made possible. Please save the dates for the Main Tournament August 11th and Military Appreciation Day Tournament August 10th.