2nd Annual Wings for Our Troops “in loving memory of CPL Chad S Wade” Golf Tournament

WOW!  what a tournament and show of support for our Troops!  My sister, Amber Banks, along with family and friends and countless sponsors and donors made this year a record fundraiser for Wings for Our Troops collecting a total of $9,681.66!  this amount was achieved through 48 golfers, hole sponsors, t-shirt sales, raffle tickets, and cash sponsors/donations.

We would like to first thank my sister, Amber (aka Paige), for all her hard work to pull off such a successful golf tournament in a very short amount of time.  she could not have done this without some very important people to help her and we would like to take a moment to give a shout out to her husband, Rodney Banks, owner/operator of Blue Water Carpentry in Asheville, NC http://www.ebidroom.com/directoryentry.aspx?key=4300, Jennifer Cole, Jorden Holcombe, TJ Bishop, Brenda & Don Young owner/operator of Able Applicance (our parents) http://http://local.botw.org/North_Carolina/Swannanoa/Able_Appliance_Sales_and_Service/135631120.html, Lisa Banks Saye, and Brent Reynolds.  Thank you to Sarah Heilig and Andy Clark for donating their photography skills to capture all the fun.

In addition to family and friends that came out to help with this tournament we have to give a very special thanks to High Vista Country Club www.highvistagolf.com, for hosting this event for us and they have already committed to hosting again next year!  We would love for this to become an annual fundraiser each year and look forward to working with High Vista Country Club each year.  they were very gracious and very professional and instrumental in making this such a success.  Also, we would like to give a special thanks to some folks that without them this would not have been possible.  Special thanks to Dixon Golf www.dixongolf.com, and Roger turner of Hendersonville, David Lagadi (Jazz Singer) www.DaveLagadiMusic.com and would also like to recognize Mr. Lagadi for his work with the Veterans Restoration Quarters in Asheville, NC.  We would also like to give a special thanks to Outback Steakhouse  www.Outback.com, Show Time Sports & Trophies www.showtimesports.biz, Lauren McIntosh & Beth Rutledge, Cracker Barrel www.crackerbarrel.com, Black Dome www.blackdome.com, Golf USA www.golfusa.com, BB&T www.bbt.com, George Town Storage www.georgetownstorage.com,  Paul Sparks family, ISG Jim Leach, McGriff, Siebels, & Williams Inc. www.mcgriff.com, Ravin Salon www.facebook.com/pages/RAVIN-SALON/85103304269, Budweiser of Asheville www.budweiser.com, Travelers Financial Institution Commercial Surety (Steve SantaAna) www.travelers.com, Pomodoros www.pomodoroscafe.com, Carrabba’s Italian Grill www.carrabbas.com, Suraj Spa www.surajspasalon.com, D.C. Creasman Manufacturer of Fine Jewelery www.relylocal.com/ashevillenorth-carolina/…/d-c-creasman-manufacturers-of-fine-jewelry, Celebrations www.facebook.com/pages/celebrations, Copper River Grill www.copperrivergrill.com, Frankie Bones www.fbdining.com, Applebee’s www.applebees.com, Wine Tunnel  www.yellowpages.com/ashevillenc/mip/winetunnel-472500173, Phil’s Bar-B-Que  www.urbanspoon.com/r/…/Asheville/PhilsBBQ-Pit-Black-Mountain, Black Mountain Bistro www.blackmountainbistro.com, Papas & Beer of Asheville  www.urbanspoon.com/r/82/1459592/…/PapasBeerAsheville , O’Charley’s of Asheville www.ocharleys.com, Red Lobster of Asheville www.redlobster.com, Southern Rehab, Hepaco, PSNC, Darren Sonderman, Debruhl’s Used Cars www.665cars.com, Chili’s of Asheville www.chilis.com, Okie Dokies Smokehouse www.okiedokiesbbq.com all in the Asheville, Black Mountain, Arden, and Hendersonville, NC area.  Please take a moment when you can to chekc out their links and/or visit them to show them appreciation for being such a huge part of this fundraiser.  They either donated prizes, sponsored holes, donated money/time, etc.  Without the support and donations of these people and businesses we could not have had this fundraiser.  We had some special donors that we would also like to recognize, Frances & Keith Snyder, Julia & Steve Smith, Lynn & Tim Causby, Caroline McDonald, Colleen Eberhardt, and the Wilson Family.  I am sure I have forgotten someone and if I have please forgive me. 

Each and every person that took time out of their Saturday whether to play golf, sponsor holes, donate prizes, trophies, or just showed up for support and encouragement or worked as the staff, we could not have done this without you.  You just single handledly helped someone in the military get home before and/or after deplyment to war and unless you’ve been in the situation where that might not be a possibility to see your loved one(s) before or after a deployment, it’s hard to truly understand how important that really is.  As a mom of a Marine who did not return home from deployment, those eleven days we were able to have him home for his pre-deployment leave will truly be the eleven days of heaven I could never replace.  It is mine and my husband’s dream that no family ever miss that opportunity with their Marine/Soldier because of financial retraints ever again.  So from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!

Enjoy some pictures from this very fun and successful event… courtsey of Sarah Heilig www.facebook/sarah.heilig.9.com and some from Andy Clark www.andrewclarkphotography.com.  Thank you both for donating your time and these pictures for this event.  We truly appreciate it.

To check out all the other pictures I will have a link posted on our Face Book wall to SnapFish.  You have to check out the amazing signs my sister and family and friends made.  Great job guys!





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