Santee Chamber Weekly Update 16NOV23
Last Thursday was our 5thannual Veterans Appreciation Golf Tournament held at Carlton Oaks Golf Course. I’ve been overwhelmed with gratitude from support and kind words, hearing from several people how good the event is and yet how it still “gets better each year”. I don’t say that to brag, but since I was able to work with such an amazing team, I will. Starting with my volunteer event Chair, Mike Aiken: Mike has an incredible work ethic and a drive to get things done. He is responsible for getting the pieces to fit together for our day to look the way it does. Next my Board: I have an incredible Board of Directors at the Chamber (including Mike) who contribute their time, talent and treasure to see these events take shape so we can hit the ground running. Of course, my staff and Carlton Oaks Staff/Volunteers: This year it consisted of two amazing gals, Heather and Caitlyn, on my team who put in extreme hours and never without smiles on their faces along with many others who were onsite from dusk till dawn on the golf course. Our sponsors and donors: These businesses (many of them veteran owned) gave so much to be active and participating on the course that day. Local Veteran Service Organizations: These resources are vital to keep our Veteran community enriched with the benefits they deserve. The Golfers: These ranged from community folks, business members, first responders, and more to make a fun and exciting tournament. But mostly, OUR VETERANS: You played a round of golf, sure, but that can’t begin to even scratch the surface of how much we wish we could give back to you. From my childhood friend and former Marine, to Navy vet dad, to our friends who return each year representing all other branches, thank you so much for your contributions to our freedom – you mean so much.