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Golfers come out swinging in Mammoth Lakes, CA for 2 Local Non-Profits

Mammoth Lakes Golf Classic 2015
Sierra Star Golf Course, Mammoth Lakes, CA

Thanks to the generosity of players, sponsors, and donors, the 16th annual Golf Classic on Sept. 13 was a hole-in-one for higher education, the arts, and Wounded Warriors. The Mammoth Lakes Foundation teamed up with Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra this year, and proceeds from the event will support scholarships, theatre programming, and DSES’s 
National Wounded Warrior Center program.

The field of 120 players at the event, sponsored by Dave & Roma McCoy, enjoyed 18 holes of golf, great food sponsored by Abby and Jack Smith (breakfast) and Industrial Metal Supply/Neil Sherman (lunch), delicious beverages sponsored by American Landscape & Maintenance Inc., a silent auction, and the opportunity to win many prizes.


Working with the two nonprofits, Dave Schacht of Sierra Star Golf Course coordinated all the course activity, including a “Beat the Pro” contest on Hole 2 and the Putting Contest.

Taylor Eastman won the Putting Contest with a 40’ putt landing 2’3” away from the hole. The putting contest was sponsored by MLF Chairman of the Board Gary Myers and his wife, Karilyn. Eastman won a $500 gift certificate to Sierra Star Golf Course.

John Eastman won the Grand Raffle Prize—four VIP passes to the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival, June 1-5, 2016. It was a big day for the Eastman Family.

Guy Bayless took home a 6-liter bottle of 1984 Eberle Cabernet Sauvignon as the Superticket winner, donated by Evan and Kathie Russell. Supertickets were limited to golfers only with a limit of one per player.

The winning low score team for the third year in a row included Ian Birrell, Guy Bien, Christian Newman, and Craig Copeland;  the “Blind Bogey” winning team consisted of John Eastman, Taylor Eastman, William Bauman, and Brandon Toups; and the dubious honors for high score team was won by Kathy Copeland, Jack Copeland, Brent Truax, and Rich Boccia.

There were also “Closest to the Pin” contests on all four Par 3s that were won by Tom Johnson on Hole 2 (who got a hole-in-one!); Tani Tatum on Hole 7; Jack Lunch on Hole 14; and Doug Ross on Hole 18.   

The list of supporters was impressive, attested to by the number of Hole and Tee Sponsor signs planted throughout the 18-hole course.

Hole Sponsors included Al and Tracy Dykstra, Barbie and Gary McCoy, Jack Lunch/The Sheet, Ormat, Judy and Michael Bornfeld, Charles Comfort, Suzanne and Bob Moon, KMMT/KRHV, and Eastman Homeowners.

Tee Sponsors included Cox Construction Co., Freeman Roofing, George Jenkins Painting, Cherne, Harrell & Parisky Medical Imaging, High Sierra Energy Foundation, Jerry Mokler, John Bush, Judy & Richard Markham, Mammoth Lakes Lions Club, Mammoth Lakes Sunrise Rotary, Mammoth Reservation Bureau, Napa of Mammoth, Neubauer-Jennison, Inc., Pam & Scott Taylor + Family, Sierra Paint & Dry Wall, Sierra Wave Media, Suzi Jackson & Blaine Braniff, Thai’d Up, Black Golf Asphalt, and Tim’s Snow Removal.

In Kind Sponsors included Andrea Revy O’Connell/Mammoth Rock ‘n’ Bowl, Ashley Brussel/Pedego, Brian Balarsky & Dave Morrison/Convict Lake Resort, Carey Sigmen/The Mogul, Casey Lum, David Scheidt/Mastro Scheidt Winery, Chris Leonard/Kittredge Sports, Dennis Pope, Ed Hurley/Burgers Restaurant, Emma Martin/Wilson Creek Wines, Evan Russell, George Wever, Joannie Shaller/Roberto’s Café, John Morris/Snowcreek Resort, Julia & Joe Contaldi/Performance Anglers, Juliana Olinka, Julie D’Orio, Mike Coco/Thai’d Up, Kent Rianda/ The Trout Fly, Peachy Canyon Winery, Peggy Hankins, Ruth & Roger MacFarlane, Shelby Mueller/Austria Hof, Shira Dubrovner/Mammoth Lakes Film Festival, Dave Schacht/Sierra Star Golf Course, Steve Shibley/Bishop Country Club, Thomas Fallon/Seaglass Fine Art Photography, and Wayne Smith.

Proceeds from the Golf Classic went toward supporting student scholarships, increasing cultural programming for the community and DSES’s National Wounded Warrior Center program.

More photos can be found on MLF Facebook – 16th Annual Golf Classic Photo Album

[Image Credit: Bonnie Colgan]

T.S. Jones runs Semper Fi Odyssey Wounded Warrior Event in Boswell, PA

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After our Wounded Warrior Operation Mountain Freedom event I followed Retired LT. Gen T.S. Jones (affectionately known as Tough Shit!) back to his turf in Boswell, PA for his own Wounded Warrior event Semper Fi Odyssey.

This transformational camp implemented a tried and tested regime, developed by T.S. himself, to help get the 35 attending Wounded Warriors back on track. Everything was choreographed with precision and meaning and not a moment was wasted as the entire program is designed to help the Wounded Warrior become accountable for their next phase in life in order to transition back to a civilian lifestyle with purpose and direction.  Continue reading

A Party With A Purpose – National Wounded Warrior Center

photo 1What better way to ring in the New Year than raising money for such a wonderful cause?

Myself [Kathy Copeland] and Angela Evans traveled from Mammoth Lakes to Ventura County joining Dr. Jeffery Nordella and friends for a Casino Royale New Year’s Eve fundraiser for The National Wounded Warrior Center. It was an extraordinary event in a fabulously decorated room that was well attended!

Approximately 350 people turned out for the black tie event at the West Lake Village Hyatt in Southern California for a night of gambling and dancing. And the party raised over $11,000 that Dr. Nordella graciously donated to the National Wounded Warrior Center in honor of our nation’s heroes.

Dr. Nordella“There’s a gap in the level of care the Wounded Warriors need and the level of care they are receiving. That’s why I have to applaud people like Kathy Copeland” Dr. Nordella explained. Nordella knows first hand the importance of quality care for our veterans. In 2005, an ex-Air Force Captain broke into his home in Ventura County, killing Nordella’s wife and later committing suicide.

“I’m angry at the system for discharging him from the system and not getting him the care he needs or at least identifying it,” he said.

Dr. Nordella amazes me. Given his family’s experience, he still hosted this event for the veterans, which just made everything so special.

“We have to step in where the government is not. These are people who have served us and taken care of us and it’s time to take care of them. The government isn’t doing it, but people like Kathy are. She’s privatizing this system to do the right thing for the people,” adds Dr. Nordella.

Nordella first heard of The National Wounded Warrior Center through friends of his daughter— Ken and Jenn Roberts. Ken Roberts is a reserve officer for the National Guard and a Firefighter for Ventura County. Ken and Jenn have become an integral part of Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra’s week-long Wounded Warrior programs.

“I was looking for a charity to have the party and donate to,” Nordella said. “As I looked at a few organizations for veterans, but some of them don’t give as much to the actual people, financially, as I feel they should. And the NWWC does.”


Great DSES supporters and parents of Erica Heim who is a veterinarian and a DSES student who had her arm and shoulder amputated because of cancer.

IMG_4839Thanks Dr. Nordella for putting on a fabulous event that was still raging when we went to bed at 1 am! Not only did I meet A TON of great people, I even learned how to play craps! And thank you to DSES volunteers, parents and students who joined in the fun. I’m really looking forward to doing it again next year!

If you did not get an opportunity to donate at the event you can make your donation here. We and your Wounded Warriors appreciate each and every donation no matter the size.

Kathy Copeland ©2015
Executive Director
National Wounded Warrior Center
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Phone: 760.934.0791

To learn more about The National Wounded Warrior Center please watch our video [less than 2 mins]:

Help us raise $23 million to complete the National Wounded Warrior Center. $23 million will enable us to fund and sustain the National Wounded Warrior Center for twenty years. Our Wounded Warriors are the deserving heroes motivating and inspiring this project, but…we can’t do it without you! Your gift will help empower wounded, ill and injured servicemen and women, by facilitating their transition into fulfilling civilian lives through education, rehabilitation, health and wellness. Donations for the National Wounded Warrior Center are critical to its success. Please consider making a donation here.