The Heroes to Heroes Foundation gives veterans group trips to Israel to help those dealing with emotional or moral injuries.
Locals will have a chance to support veterans while also having a fun day of golf when the Heroes to Heroes Foundation holds its inaugural 18-hole golf tournament fundraiser on May 21 at Ramblewood Country Club.
The non-denominational Heroes to Heroes Foundation provides veterans with group trips to holy sites in Israel as a way to help those suffering from emotional injuries and provides a program of peer support, suicide prevention and spiritual healing.
More than 100 soldiers from conflicts stretching from Vietnam to Desert Storm to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have been a part of the programs arranged by the foundation where small groups of veterans spend more than a week in Israel exploring and learning together while pushing their bodies both physically and spiritually.
In addition to spending time together visiting holy sites, the American veterans meet with disabled Israeli veterans and Israeli veteran activists to seek advice on putting the skills they learned while serving their nation to use in the private sector.
The upcoming tournament marks the second major fundraiser for Heroes to Heroes in the area in the past year, with a November choral concert at Temple Emanuel in Cherry Hill that raised about $10,000 through ticket sales, auctions and donations.
Organizers with the upcoming golf tournament in Mt. Laurel hope to raise a similar amount.
“Heroes to Heroes helps support veterans who have conflicts in combat, PTSD, suicidal thoughts, depression and other issues — the foundation just seeks to give them an opportunity to have an outlet for what they need to deal with that they’ve experienced from their time serving,” said Mollie Erlich, organizer of the tournament.
The inaugural Heroes to Heroes 18-hole golf tournament will take place on May 21 at Ramblewood Country Club, 200 Country Club Parkway, with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.
All skill levels are invited to participate, with adult golfers able to register for $155 and junior golfers ages 18 and under able to register for $110.
The registration fee also includes a “Brotherly Love” buffet dinner, and the tournament will also feature awards, contest prizes and a raffle for a new golf club.
Those interested in attending are asked to contact Ehrlich by May 14 at email@example.com to reserve a tee time and make a dinner reservation.
Local businesses can also inquire about advertising or sponsorship options, including tee box signs and raffle and dessert table options.
Sponsors already include the Jewish War Veterans Post 126 of Cherry Hill, Dr. Mark Kemenosh of Glen Oaks Health and Spine, Golf Performance Institute, Acerbo Auto & Detailing and TD Bank.
Those who cannot attend the event but who wish to make a donation may also contact Ehrlich with their information.
To learn more about the Heroes to Heroes Foundation, visit www.heroestoheroes.org.
To donate through online means, visit https://www.youcaring.com/heroestoheroesfoundationcobenefitgolftournament-807086.