How was your Monday? Probably not as exhilarating as the determined do-gooders behind the Fisher House Foundation, given that they collected more than $1 million during their biggest charity golf tournament yet.
The annual fundraiser, benefiting a network of “comfort homes” uniting visiting families with wounded or recovering military personnel, took place at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Va., and featured a full day of golf as well as a gourmet dinner. Now in its ninth year, the program was founded, and continues to be championed, by government contractor SAP.
About 300 participants showed up for this year’s Fisher House Golf Classic, including Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.), Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and General Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Event aides noted that the group had raised about $825,000 going into last weekend but then closed the gap to $1 million via a silent auction.
The highest earner on the auction block was a private tour of “Tonight Show” host and vintage car collector Jay Leno’s garage, which commanded $100,000. An official Louisville Slugger signed by 28 Medal of Honor recipients came in second with a $10,000 donation.
The Fisher House Foundation will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its latest facility, being erected at neighboring Fort Belvoir, Va., on May 22.