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429th EOS raises money for local orphanage

FORWARD OPERATING LOCATION CURACAO -- It was a hot and hazy morning, as the sun peered through the sky and shed light on the empty Blue Bay Golf Course in Curacao. With 60 registered golfers and proceeds of the event going to the local Hebron Orphanage, the 31 Forward Operating Location Curacao volunteers had little time to prepare.

The volunteers quickly decorated the course with banners from sponsors, prepared the registration table, organized the players' pairings, and set the name plates for the 30 golf carts ready for action.

With the proceeds earmarked for Hebron orphanage, the golfers had a chance to win prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin, and hole-in- one. Hole #5, the signature hole at Blue Bay, had a hole-in-one prize of a brand new 2010 Nissan Murano. Unfortunately, no one drove home in a brand new car. Other prizes included $500 gift cards, golf clubs, a Bose Sound System, and free rounds of golf.

Mr. Tom Collett, an FOL representative, spearheaded the event over the course of six months by contacting sponsors, recruiting volunteers, and enticing players to participate with the fabulous prizes.

"The tournament was a wonderful event and could not have been possible without the tremendous help from the local sponsors and the outstanding support of the members of the Curacao FOL," he said.

After the tournament, participants were treated to a buffet style barbecue catered by FOL and ITT contract personnel. The menu included steaks and chicken breasts topped off with side items of various salads and freshly baked rolls.

Lt. Col. Brian Bell, 429th Expeditionary Operations Squadron and FOL Curacao commander said, "The turn out was beyond what we could have imagined and all of the funds went to the Hebron House Orphanage. We plan to do this every year and continue to improve upon what we have done here today. Hopefully we can find worthy charities here in Curacao we can further help with next year's event. Phenomenal work by all and what a positive impact on so many lives as well."

As the night time stars fell upon the once packed course, over $3,600 was raised for the Hebron Orphanage. On this 9/11, Curacao truly was the place "where amazing happens."

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