The Eagles under the Oaks Charity Golf Tournament

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This morning, golf lovers took to the course to not only have fun, but raise funds for a great cause.

Wednesday morning more than 100 golfers hit the links at the Oaks Golf Course in Pass Christian for the annual Eagles under the Oaks Charity Golf Tournament put on by Keesler Federal Credit Union. Each player was aiming to raise money to help our local combat wounded veterans. Keesler Federal Credit Union Executive Vice President George Mitchell said, “This is our eighth year of supporting this event and we have really been able to do a lot over the years. We raised $18,000 our first year and we have $36,000 committed so far this year.”

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The Combat Wounded Veterans of South Mississippi is a nonprofit group that serves veterans right here in our community. Combat Wounded Veterans of South Mississippi CEO Donna Anderson said, “We help them with their essential needs like housing, food. We help with the electric bills. We help them seek employment. So, if we can help offset those things for two or three months so they can take a breather to get that care that reassures them that stability, that foundation for them to have a roof over their head, to have food.”

For the past seven years, this golf tournament has been a hole in one for the organization, continuing to be their biggest fundraiser of the year. Mississippi Combat Wounded Veterans Director Roger Sibley said, “We wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for our community and Keesler Federal Credit Union. Every time a golfer or a volunteer comes out to one of these events they are actually helping our local veterans.”

Richard Moss is a former commander of the Hurricane Hunters and retired Air Force general. He tees up each year to play and give back to a cause close to his heart. “Number one, I support Keesler, being on the board and number two, it supports the wounded warriors which is a great organization. They give all the money back to the wounded warriors. It’s fantastic.”