On the morning of July 20th, 2019, nearly 500 golfers and 75 volunteers gathered at Gull Lake View golf course in Gull Lake Michigan for the 5th Annual Kalamazoo Mortgage Hero Salute Golf Outing. This years event brought the addition of another golf course, which put us at 4 golf courses, new hole challenges and a new venue for the banquet after golfing was finished. Starting the day off with paratroopers flying down to "Danger Zone" from the Top Gun original film, a shotgun launch-off and beautiful opening ceremony, the day was shaping up for an amazing day of golf and charitable causes. Throughout the day, the money raised from different hole challenges, the silent auction and live auction totaled a whopping $90,102.27 which was almost $40,000 more than what was raised in 2018. Out of the $90,102.27, $25,000 went specifically to the Section Collection which will be helping Veterans and First Responders right here in Michigan.These numbers would not have been achievable if it weren't for each and every donation that was given towards the event from donors all over Southwest Michigan. It was a truly stunning event in the fact that over 600+ people came out to continue giving back to our Veterans & First Responders in the community so that they feel supported. To top things off, the banquet after the golfing ended included special guest Adam Rocke from NS2 Serves, live music from the Bronk Brothers, food brought to you by Motor Mouth and an incredible venue, The Dock at Bayview. Over the last 5 years, this event has grown tremendously and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to pour back into our Veterans and First Responders in Michigan.
Special thanks goes to all the volunteers that dedicated their time to help run this event, the sponsors for stepping up with donations and providing financial support to make this event what it is, NS2 Serves for making the trip all the way from Washington to support our event. HUGE thanks to On Target Guns & Gunsmithing who donated & raffled off 12 firearms, D&R Sports Center, Field & Stream, Gull Lake View Golf Courses, Main Street Pub West Main, The Dock at Bayview and everybody else that helps put on this event.