America’s Credit Union (ACU), held its 14th annual Turkey Shoot, a golf tournament to support three local charities on JBLM, at Eagles Pride Golf Course. Many local businesses and over 170 golfers participated to help raise money for Santa’s Castle, the Food Basket Program and the Madigan Foundation.
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 families have enough 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 were able to raise a record $36,000 to donate to all three charities.
ACU wishes to thank the following sponsors for their support of this tournament: our presenting sponsor Northwest Motorsport, Toyota of Olympia, Tacoma Dodge, Tacoma Nissan, and Fiat of Tacoma for being our Big Turkey Sponsors. We would also like to thank Sunset Chevrolet & Hawks Prairie Rotary for being our Banquet Sponsors; the Nacho Bar was very much appreciated. Our Trophy sponsor was Tags Trophies and Awards. Our Little Turkey Sponsors were; BMW-NW, Print NW, Tactical Tailor, The Fort Lewis Ranger and Airlifter, and Cascade Print Media. Hole Sponsors were Car Pros, Proforma Strategic Advantage LLC, The Madigan Foundation, Omni Financial, Cook Security Group, Albers & Company, US Family Health Plan, Sound Credit Union, Designer Decal, CUNA Mutual, Allied Solutions, Geico, West Coast Publishing, AUSA Captain Meriwether-Lewis chapter, the Puyallup Subchapter of CML Chapter of AUSA, USO NW, Costco, CU Direct, INSI, Raddon Financial Group, The Cart Sponsors were Evergreen Home Loans, ACU Financial Services, Boom Creative, Clear Channel Outdoor, and Lakewood Ford. This year, all the military that played were sponsored by businesses including Immedia, Access Softek, Arrow Cleaning, Clear Channel Outdoor, Edward Jones, The Defense CU Coalition, USO NW, the Madigan Foundation, and Evergreen Home Loans. We’d like to thank Walmart Lakewood Store for donating 20 turkeys, Costco for bringing 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.
In the picture: 62nd Airlift wing Command Chief, Chief Master Sargent Drake, Ken Leonard ACU CEO/President, Mary Cron Armed Forces Community Service, David Soma PhD. Madigan Foundation, Lisa Bennett Santa’s Castle President, LT Col. Deborah Dusek 627th Airbase group Deputy Commander, 627th Air Base Group Superintendent, chief Master Sergeant Kristen Orcutt, Amy Tiemeyer ACU’s Military Relations Liaison.