10th Annual McKee Golf Outing Raises $45,000+ for Disabled Military & Veterans
The 10th Annual McKee Builders Golf Outing raised more than $45,000 for Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc.™, an organization dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans. The Golf Outing, held on Sept. 15 at Deerfield Golf Club in Newark, Del., brought out 120 golfers to support the organization, which uses fly fishing and associated activities to help disabled servicemen and women.
“The men and women of the Armed Forces put their lives on the line for us,” said Frank McKee, Jr. “Not all of them make it back ‘whole’ and ready to return to daily life, physically or emotionally. Project Healing Waters helps them bridge the gap, in the context of a peaceful, natural setting. This is a wonderful way to thank them for their service, and to ensure that we don’t forget them when they are most in need.”
Retired Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bartlett presented at the outing, speaking on behalf of the military personnel who have benefitted from Project Healing Waters. Bartlett was injured in combat in 2005, losing an eye, teeth, part of his jaw bone and flesh from his face due to a bomb. His lungs collapsed due to internal bleeding, and he had to be revived by doctors multiple times. Bartlett ultimately survived the ordeal, and inspired Navy Captain Ed Nicholson to start Project Healing Waters. While still recovering from surgeries, Bartlett recruited injured veterans at Walter Reed for these outdoor recreational activities.
Bartlett is an advocate for active military and veterans, and speaks on his experiences in the Iraq War. He is the recipient of over 12 military awards to include a Bronze Star, and Purple Heart.
This is the second year that the McKee Golf Outing contributed to Project Healing Waters, a charity selected by Frank J. McKee, Sr. Past recipients of funds from the outing include the Navy Seal Foundation and the SPCA.
About Project Healing Waters
For a little more than a decade, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) has focused on healing those who serve. The PHWFF program provides basic fly fishing, fly casting, fly tying and rod building classes, along with clinics participants ranging from beginners who have never fished before, to those with prior fly fishing and tying experience who are adapting their skills to their new abilities. In 2015 alone, 3,516 program volunteers served over 7,000 injured and disabled veterans by dedicating more than 200,000 hours of service by offering 3,460 fly tying classes, 944 rod building classes, 1,082 casting classes, and 1,316 fishing outings. Founded in 2005, the organization is now composed of 222 programs in five countries. For more information, visit http://projecthealingwaters.org/.