LEESBURG, Va. – The DC Touchdown Club hosted the Bill Phillips Memorial Fund Golf Outing on Friday afternoon at Raspberry Falls Golf and Hunt Club, raising money to help wounded warriors, former and current college athletes and others in need of assistance.
Following the round, DC Touchdown Club Executive Director Steve Beck welcomed participants to a post-golf reception in the clubhouse. In addition to awarding traditional prizes to golfers, Beck had a few other announcements, sharing details of what some of the proceeds will go towards:
- A lawn tractor for retired Staff Sergeant Paul Roberts, who suffered serious burns on the back of his legs while serving in Iraq
- A treadmill for Master Sergeant Sharlinda Warner, who developed auto-immune disease and lupus while serving in Iraq. This will allow her to exercise without leaving her home
- Week-long lodging for retired Staff Sergeant Joe Beimfohr, a double amputee, when he comes to Washington in October to ride his hand bike in the Army Ten-Miler and the Marine Corps Marathon
- Financial support for the Fort Belvoir Wounded Warrior Golf Program
“This is going to help them continue to live their lives, in spite of their injuries; help them be able to participate and be a part of things and a part of the community,” said Ayandria Barry, the soldiers’ advocate in the Army Wounded Warrior Program at Fort Belvoir. “Everything being done here is helping soldiers be a part of society and helping them feel like they can contribute to their families.”
Three members of the Fort Belvoir Wounded Warrior Golf Program participated in the outing. They were joined by several executives from throughout the region, as well as two of Bill Phillips’ sons, Willy and Paul. Phillips’ sister, Paula, greeted golfers upon their arrival and his widow, Janet, met with the participants in the clubhouse after the round.
Bill Phillips was 56 when he was killed in a 2010 plane crash in Alaska. His three older sons played major-college football: Andrew at Stanford, Colter at Virginia and Paul at Indiana, where he will be a redshirt junior this fall. Willy is a high school student.
“Bill was a generous man and he would have taken immense satisfaction in bringing everyone together for an event like today’s,” Beck said. “We are honored to be able to do this in his memory. Also, we want to thank the terrific staff at Raspberry Falls for their hospitality and support of our event.”
The foursome of Greg Kubasik, John Pobiak, Bob Hillerson and Terrell Richmond won the Captain’s Choice scramble with a net score of 14-under par 58. Wes Strang won the long drive contest, while Patrick Bulger won the closest to the pin contest.
The DC Touchdown Club’s next event is being planned for the fall. Visit www.dctouchdownclub.com for updates and more information.