by William H. Tschohl
Special to Sun Thisweek
Dakota County Tribune
Over the past few years many veterans have become better acquainted with the services offered by the Rosemount and Apple Valley Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Networks. On a regular basis they are receiving increased requests for assistance, for help with temporary housing, home repair work, directions on which agency to contact for aid, helping to paint a home, lawn care, car repairs, and rides to an appointment. All of this means the two groups are spending more assisting our veterans and they need to continue to grow in order to respond to all the requests for assistance.
On Thursday evening, Aug. 17, the Apple Valley Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network will sponsor its 18th Military Appreciation Dinner. The Apple Valley group partners with the Apple Valley American Legion Post 1776 to provide excellent meals, which Beyond the Yellow Ribbon serves to veterans at no charge. Much of the network’s funding for this event comes from the annual Bad Apple Golf Tournament held each year in August at the Fountain Valley Golf Club in Farmington. This year approximately 21 teams of four will be involved in the tournament which is scheduled for Aug. 14. Total participation runs about 84 golfers.
The Bad Apple Golf Tournament has created a strong community bond through the efforts of generous staff at Bogart’s Event Center, Apple Valley Bowl, vending partners and local businesses organizing this tournament strictly on a volunteer basis. Local businesses help sponsor this charitable event with a prize donation or sponsorship.
Everyone’s hard work and dedication to this exciting golf tournament event has created a solid, well-respected tournament over the past 22 years, generating over $381,300 for local charities. Over the last five years the tournament has raised approximately $10,000 each year for the Rosemount and Apple Valley networks to share, this makes it possible for both groups to continue supporting our active service men and women and veterans. The Aug. 14 golf tournament will mark the sixth time the Apple Valley Yellow Ribbon will receive financial support.
Special thanks go to Richard B. Berry, owner and president of Bogart’s and Apple Valley Bowl for promoting and supporting this important golf fundraiser. He is assisted by Karl Xavier III, special events coordinator and president of the Rosemount Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network. Our military personnel, veterans and their families owe gratitude to these men for their generous support of the work of the Yellow Ribbon Network.
At the Awards Ceremony on Aug. 14 in the evening at Bogart’s there is a buffet dinner, and Xavier will act as master of ceremonies recognizing tournament winners and handing out prizes.
Apple Valley Beyond the Yellow Ribbon president Paul Chellsen is grateful for the support received through Berry and Xavier. The Apple Valley group will have four of their members playing in the tournament.
If you would like to be a sponsor or donate a gift certificate, baskets, shirts or any type of fun prizes for the participating golfers it would be greatly appreciated.
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is united to bring service members all the way home.
William Tschohl is an Apple Valley Beyond the Yellow Ribbon director. Columns reflect the opinion of the author.