August 10, 2014

Hidalgo/Warner Golf Outing

Before my long road trip with the kids, we spent some time in Wisconsin and got to attend the Hidalgo/Warner Golf Outing. This was the second annual outing, but the first time we were able to make it. This event was to pay tribute to Daren as well as Rich Warner. Rich was from Wisconsin and was the good friend of Miles' older brother Jared. He was a Lance Corporal in the Marines when he was killed in Iraq in 2004. His family and Miles' family have been close over the years, but even more so when seven years after his death, Daren was killed - a tragedy these families now both share.

The golf outing was organized by one of Daren's close friends, Courtney. She not only came up with the idea for the event, got sponsors for holes on the golf course, organized teams for golfing, organized a raffle and prizes for winners (and losers) from the golf outing, solicited donations for a silent auction to help with the fundraising (things like autographed Green Bay Packers helmets and posters, spa treatments, cookware, etc., as well as organize a dinner after completion of the tournament. It was a really, really well done and impressive event.

Last year to proceeds from the tournament went to the Wounded Warrior Project as well as Daren and Rich's Memorial Funds. This year, however, the funds all went to support the new Fisher House being built in Milwaukee. The Fisher House provides lodging to families of wounded Soldiers who are receiving treatment away from home. It gives a family the ability to be with their Soldier as they recover and not have to worry about the burden of paying for a hotel.

With the turnout from this years Hidalgo/Warner Golf Outing, all of Courtney's hard work and all those who came out to honor Daren and Rich, the Fisher House Milwaukee will receive a check for $29,000.

We are so glad we got to be there this year and hope to make it back next year.

Beers + Hidalgo boys + golfcarts = accident   (accident = stupidity)
Finn could have ridden around on this ALL day.
Each table had a centerpiece with pictures of Rich and Daren. The top right picture is Daren at his West Point Graduation with Rich's parents, Pat and Mary. There was also a fallen comrade table reserved for them.

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3 comments:

  1. That is awesome!! Looks like an amazing event for sure! I stayed in a fisher house for 7 months and was def blessed while there and not having to worry about housing...and best part was I could see bens room from mine! Thank you for honoring Darren and Rich but also those whom have been injured and their families! Be blessed, for you have blessed!

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  2. What a great way to honor them. $29k -- that is awesome. I hope it helps so many families.

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  3. Seeing that last picture with the reservation sign for Rich and Daren choked me up. How incredible for $29k! That's fantastic.

    Finn's face on that golf cart could not be more happy.

    And also, the bloody towel and your husband with a thumbs-up sign? Oh man... too much Spotted Cow. ;)

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