A Mundelein police officer and a U.S. Army first sergeant have partnered together to organize a golf tournament to benefit Wounded Warrior Project.
The Warrior Cup Charity Golf Tournament is set for Friday, Sept. 27, at Brae Loch Golf Club in Grayslake. The 18-hole, shotgun-style tournament will begin with tee-offs at noon, followed by dinner and a silent auction. The Warrior Cup is a Wounded Warrior-approved event, all proceeds benefiting Wounded Warrior Project.
Event directors for the tournament, former U.S. Army Officer and current Mundelein police officer Brian Wainscott and U.S. Army First Sergeant David Gorgoglione, are no strangers to the sacrifices U.S. military servicemen and women make on a daily basis.
Gorgoglione is currently assigned to the 814th Military Police Company in Arlington Heights and has more than 22 years in the service, including four overseas deployments.
Wainscott served in the U.S. Army from 1997-2001. His wife, Kathleen, served in Iraq and Afghanistan, spending several months away from her family, including her daughter, who was 4 years old at the time.
When Gorgoglione was assigned to Arlington Heights in late 2012, he and his wife, Annette, formed the Raising Up Our Heroes organization, sponsored by Kiski Valley Veterans and Patriots Association, a 501(c) 3 organization, to raise awareness and provide financial support for veterans returning from deployments overseas.
Their first Illinois fundraising event, Little Sweetheart Valentine's Dance and Silent Auction, was held in Wheeling in February, 2013. The Warrior Cup is the second fundraiser in Illinois.
There are several options to get involved in the Warrior Cup event. For those interested in participating in the golf tournament, tickets are $85 and include green fees, cart rental, dinner, participation in the silent auction, and a $5 gift card to Brae Loch's gift shop.
Spectator tickets are available for $35 and provide viewing access to the tournament, dinner, and participation in the silent auction. Participant and spectator tickets can be purchased at www.raisingupourheroes.com/.
Donations are also being accepted for the silent auction. If you would like to donate a product or service for the auction, contact the event directors at firstname.lastname@example.org. For those who are unable to participate in the event but would like to donate to the cause, click on the donations tab of the website.
For regular updates on the Warrior Cup, follow this link to visit the Raising Up Our Heroes Facebook page and click "Like" https://www.facebook.com/raisingupourheroes?ref=ts&fref=ts.
For questions or concerns, send an email to the organization or message them on the Facebook page.