MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. (OCT. 23-24, 2010) --
Throughout the history of the Corps, Marines have put themselves in harm’s way for the nation’s defense and some made the ultimate sacrifice, leaving family behind.
To directly benefit those heroes and their children, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation honors Marines by ensuring their children are afforded every educational opportunity.
The foundation held the 12th annual Carolina Classic, a fundraising golf tournament, at Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point, Oct. 23-24.
“We do it for the kids,” said Pam Brown, the Carolina Classic event coordinator.
The weekend tournament raised more than $200,000 for scholarships to benefit Marine children.
“The Marine Corps affected a significant period of time during my parents’ lives and now it’s affecting mine too,” said Anne M. Hamner, 20, a student at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. “It’s helping me get an education.”
Hamner is the daughter of two Marines and was born at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune.
She added, “The scholarship has driven me to work harder for my education.”
She has received financial assistance from the MCSF since the fall of 2008.
“I’m not only representing myself, I’m representing the foundation that is supporting me too,” said Hamner.
Most of the money raised in the tournament came from sponsors of the 50 teams and more than 200 golfers that participated in the best ball scramble.
“We couldn’t have done this without our numerous sponsors and volunteers,” said Brown. “We were very happy with the amount of money raised.”
A lot of the sponsors came from the local community and one said he felt privileged to participate.
“As much as the military does for us, it is a small thing that we can do to help out, especially since the purpose is to help the children of military members,” said Gary Zajac, the vice president of marketing and external affairs for Carteret-Craven Electric. “That’s what it is all about, helping the kids.”
The tournament provided participants breakfast, lunch and prizes, and the weather was great for golfing.
“We always get great feedback from our golfers and they really seem to enjoy the tournament,” said Brown. “The weather was beautiful and the tournament was very successful.”
The camaraderie between the community and military in eastern North Carolina again proved its prominence.
“Absolutely no question, we’re going to continue to participate in this tournament,” said Zajac. “It’s hard to not be proud to be a part of this.”