November 24, 2015 – JBLM, WA – America’s Credit Union (ACU) presented the funds raised from its 15th annual golf tournament to the Santa’s Castle, Madigan Foundation, and the Food Basket Program on JBLM. The tournament was held on November 6th and the community once again came out to help ACU raise money to benefit local military families.
The history of the tournament has evolved throughout the years. It was originally created to help the founder of Santa’s Castle get her program off the ground. Then it was expanded to help make sure our JBLM military has food for the holidays by supporting the Food Basket Program. The final piece was to help pay for military families’ medical costs, not covered through insurance, by donating to the Madigan Foundation. Because of the generous donations from the sponsors and the success of the Turkey Shoot golf tournament we was able to raise $36,000 to donate to all three charities. An estimated $500,000 has been donated in the fifteen years the tournament has occurred.
This year ACU was honored to include a new presenting sponsor Nisqually Red Wind Casino, graciously choosing to donate $7,500, to this year’s tournament. ACU would also like to thank the following sponsors for their support of this tournament: Our Award Sponsor: Northwest Motorsports, our Big Turkey Sponsors: Cigar Daddies, Swarner Publications, Tactical Tailor, Sunset Chevrolet, Cascade Print Media, and Fast Signs, our Little Turkey Sponsors: Little Caesars and ACU Financial. Hole in One and Hole sponsors: Proforma Strategic Advantage LLC, The Madigan Foundation, Omni Financial, Cook Security Group, US Family Health Plan, Sound Credit Union, Boom, Verizon Wireless, Airstreams, Geico, CUNA Mutual Group, Cannon Construction, Evergreen Home Loans, the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Captain Meriwether-Lewis Chapter, and USO NW.
This year all the military that played were sponsored by local area businesses. The salute to the troops’ sponsors were: Immedia, Arrow Cleaning, Clear Channel Outdoor, The Defense CU Coalition, Albers & Company, Custom Impressions, Immedia, Allied Solutions, Cigar Daddies, and USO NW.
We’d also like to thank the Walmart Lakewood Store for donating 20 turkeys, Starbucks for donating the coffee and breakfast, Costco for hand warmers, and Dimitri’s Gourmet Mixes for continuing to make the event one that helps our golfers brave the elements in the spirit of charity. Kenneth S. Leonard, President/CEO of ACU, shared with everyone the meager beginnings of the tournament and the commitment he has to our military. Ken is quoted as saying, “it’s a passion to grow this event each year in support of our military and all they do on a daily basis.” Ken and all the sponsors are honored to contribute to the morale and welfare of our military and their families.
From Left to right: Arnold J Norem Jr. Financial Readiness Program Manager for AFCS, Amy Tiemeyer ACU Military Relations Liaison, Mr. Soma President of the Madigan Foundation, Leslie M. Burger, MD, FACP, Major General, US Army (Ret), Col. Kosinski 62nd Airlift Wing Commander, Ken Leonard ACU President/CEO, Michelle Bourn Nisqually Red Wind Casino Marketing Administrative Assistant, Amy Hales Luekenga Santa’s Castle President, Chief Master Sgt. Tico Mazid 62nd Airlift Wing Command Chief, and COL Tim King the Deputy Chief of Staff for I Corps .