6th Annual SEAL Family Foundation Fundraiser a Success
The 6th Annual SEAL-NSW Family Foundation Golf Tournament and Dinner Gala at the Del Mar Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe raised more than $1.4 million in support of the foundation’s programs. Over 120 golfers participated in the tournament and more than 400 attended the dinner gala, which recognized and thanked the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community and their families for their military service and honored fallen heroes. “We raised valuable awareness and funds to help with our family-focused programs designed to ensure Naval Special Warfare families are resilient, which in turn create stronger warriors,” said William R. Fenick, Executive Director of the SEAL Family Foundation.
The dinner gala featured keynote speaker Captain Richard Phillips, who was dramatically rescued from Somali pirates by Navy Seals in 2009, as portrayed by Tom Hanks in the 2013 film Captain Phillips. Honored guests were Medal of Honor recipients Lieutenant Michael Thornton and Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward C. Byers, Jr. Distinguished guests included: actor Rob Lowe and his wife Sheryl; former NFL running back Reggie Bush; former MLB pitchers Trevor Hoffman, David Wells, and Jesse Orosco; former San Diego Chargers linebacker Donnie Edwards, professional golfer Matt Picanso; professional tennis player James Blake; and USTA coach Larry Stefanki. A number of San Diego community and business leaders were in attendance as well, including Doug Manchester and wife Geniya, Jenny Craig, Chuck and Maryanne Smith, Michael and Victoria Fitzpatrick, and David and Wendy Wright.
The SEAL Family Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports NSW families through special programs, including family resiliency and services, children’s special needs, bereavement support, transition assistance, counter deployment, global outreach, emergency assistance, and wounded warriors care. Learn more at www.sealfamilyfoundation.org.