Santa Claus, many of them, in fact, will be taking a break next month from getting ready for the Christmas season.
Members of the Minnesota Real-Bearded Santas Club will be hosting a Santas’ Celebrity Golf Tournament and Silent Auction Wednesday, July 25 at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids.
According to local resident Daniel Hanson (Santa Dan), the tournament organizer, the proceeds from the event will go to the Wounded Warrior Project.
“I have lamented over the years as to how I could raise money to help the brave men and women of the Armed Forces who have returned wounded,” Hanson said.
Back in February, the Minnesota Real-Bearded Santas organization met for its annual blues party “because we are all blue that Christmas is over,” he said.
Hanson said he asked the Santas and the Mrs. Clauses if they would be willing to host a golf tournament at Bunker Hills.
“They overwhelmingly said yes,” he said.
Golfers will be in a foursome with a Santa or Mrs. Claus from the Minnesota Real-Bearded Santas Club and all ages and abilities are welcome, according to Hanson.
Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. with the tee off at noon. The silent auction will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Bunker Hills Clubhouse and a buffet dinner will be served.
The cost for the round of golf with a cart and dinner is $120.
According to Hanson, he is seeking help from businesses to donate items and/or services for the silent auction “to help these brave men and women who have made our way of life here in the United States the best in the world.”
“They have not only sacrificed their time, but have incurred physical and mental wounds including loss of limbs, PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and/or traumatic brain injury, and most importantly, their lives so that all Americans can have the freedom that we cherish so much,” Hanson said.
The American Red Cross will also be on hand during the tournament from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for people to donate blood, he said.
For more information, to register for the event or to make donations, contact Hanson at SirSantaDan@yahoo.com or call 763-427-4667 (home) or 612-250-4926 (cell).
The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors, according to the organization’s website.
Thousands of wounded warriors and caregivers receive support each year through WWP programs and services designed to nurture the mind and body and encourage economic empowerment and engagement, the website states.
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