This weekend’s annual fundraising efforts by Professionals Supporting Charities, (PS Charities), is shaping up to be one of the best events on the island this year! PS Charities, which is a non-profit organization supporting needy military families and patients fighting cancer, is expanding their golf tournament this year due to their past success. This year there is going to be two of them! The tournament will be held, starting at Porters Neck Country Club on the 19th, and continuing at North Short County Club on the 20th. Porters Neck Country Club will start with a 8:00 registration followed by a tee off of 9:00.
Just to make sure there’s something for everyone, after the tournament on Friday, go over to Surf City to Gilligan’s, located on Highway 50, a short distance before the Surf City swing bridge. There’s going to be a delicious barbeque dinner starting at 6:00 and it will feature live music by Country music’s Stephanie Quayle, “Stand Back,” and Matt Bowlin, a country music performer and the co-star of the PBS Home Renovation show, “Utopia Joe.”
Stephanie is one hard-working girl in the music world and for charity. She’s someone with a big heart for others and, you can bet, she’ll be singing her heart out, come Friday night.
“The greatest joy is to be able to make music and be able to share it. To utilize my voice for organizations I’m super passionate about, it’s a gift and I’m grateful.”
One of the biggest hangups about giving to an organization is the wondering if it actually uses the money for what it is intended. That’s the one thing you don’t have to worry about with PS Charities. They’re “all in” when it comes to the donations that people give them.
Stephanie says, “I got introduced [to PS Charities] through a mutual friend and I know that 100% of their donations go directly to the need. I’ve been a big supporter of military families for quite some time. Anytime there is an organization that I know is actually going toward what they say it is going toward, it’s hard for me to say no because I just have so much appreciation and gratitude toward them. If I can help in any way, I’m going to. Twenty-five hours a day … If we’ve already worked 24, but it’s the 25th, we’re going to do it. It’s special.”
It’s comforting to know that that everything you give at this event will help build houses for wounded vets. This year’s recipient for the house is Corporal Garrett Jones, his wife, Allison, and son, Hudson. Cpl. Jones was wounded in Afghanistan. Originally from Newberg, Oregon, Cpl. Jones joined the Marine Corps in 2005. Ten months after his initial training, and with only two weeks of deployment left, he mistakenly stepped on a roadside bomb. As a result, he lost both eardrums and his left leg. He also has severe shrapnel wounds in his arm.
Just 22 years old, Cpl. Jones underwent 20 surgeries over a period of only a month. He received a prosthetic leg after leaving the hospital. He was finally on the road to recovery. However, finding out his unit would be going back to Afghanistan the following April, he did not want to sit it out. He spoke to his unit commanders and the Commandant of the Marine Corps and all of them gave him their support, but only if his doctor gave the go ahead. He did.
In April 2008, Cpl. Jones deployed back to Afghanistan, serving as a unit intelligence analyst and a hospital liaison for his battalion, 2nd Battalion 7th Marines. In June of 2009, he retired from the Marine Corps. He moved back to Oregon, attended college at Western Oregon University and married his wife, Allison. Since then, they have had their first child, Hudson, and Cpl. Jones now has a degree in Public Health and a minor in Spanish.
In January of 2013, the Jones family, along with Jones’ service dog, Coal, moved to Dumfries, Virginia, to take a job at Quantico Marine Corps Base. They are renting a house there that doesn’t quite fit Cpl. Jones’ needs. It is a two-story house that does not have a handicapped accessible bathroom. Walking up and down stairs every day is causing damage to Cpl. Jones’ good leg.
By your attendance and participation with this beneficial fundraiser, Cpl. Jones and his family can finally get the facilities they need. You’ve heard the old saying, every little bit helps, and it’s absolutely true. If you don’t play golf, come on out to Gilligan’s for a rousing good time. Food, a silent auction, and live music are all on the agenda!
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