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Tropicana AC to honor disabled vets at Warfighter Sports fundraising events

1 September 2015

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Once again, Tropicana Atlantic City Casino & Resort will be rolling out the red carpet for 15 warfighters and their caretakers on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015 as they arrive for a complimentary three-night stay while participating in an itinerary of local fundraising events in their honor.

Warfighter Sports is a division of Disabled Sports USA, an organization that aids the most severely injured warriors by involving them in adaptive sports. They serve severely injured military, both active duty and veterans, with permanent physical disabilities such as amputation, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, visual impairments, and significant nerve and muscle damage.

“Tropicana and Boogie Nights are proud to be continued supporters of Warfighter Sports,” said Steve Callender, General Manager of Tropicana Casino & Resort. “We encourage everyone to support this fun event and take the opportunity to show appreciation for these heroes who have sacrificed so much.”

Warfighter Sports, a program of Disabled Sports USA, has partnered with Mays Landing Golf and Country Club, which will provide the warfighters a facility to learn to golf and reintegrate them into society through the community. Funds that are raised for the nonprofit organization will be used to provide adaptive equipment and individualized instruction and to create the golf program and events completely free of charge to the warfighter and their caregiver. The Warfighter Sports motto is, “If I can do this, I can do anything!”

“These annual events mean so much to the Warfigher Sports organization,” says Ed Afanador, board member of South Jersey Chapter of DSUSA. “Participation continues to grow each year and we are grateful for the opportunity to not only raise funds, but raise awareness for our cause.”

Boogie Nights at Tropicana- Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015 at 7 p.m. – 12 a.m
Put your dancing shoes on and mingle with the warfighters at an informal ‘welcome reception’ and fundraiser Sept. 23 at Boogie Nights.
—7 p.m.-10 p.m. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drink specials with a $20 donation to Warfighter Sports at the door. Medal of Honor Recipients Donald “Doc” Ballard (Vietnam) and Clinton Romeesha (Afghanistan) will be on hand to welcome their comrades.
—7 p.m.- 8 p.m. Book signing by Medal of Honor Recipient (Vietnam) Donald Ballard
—10 p.m.- 12 a.m. The party continues and admission is free!
—Must be 21.

Mays Landing Country Club- Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 at 6 p.m.
The following evening, Thursday, Sept. 24, Mays Landing Country Club will be the location of a semi-formal dinner and fundraising event featuring guest speaker Justin Constantine, a Purple Heart Recipient. Medal of Honor Recipients Donald “Doc” Ballard (Vietnam) and Clinton Romeesha (Afghanistan) will also be honored guests. The event includes a complimentary cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres, a seated dinner, guest speakers, entertainment provided by Kenny I and a silent auction. Tickets are $125 per person.

Mays Landing Country Club- Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 at 7 a.m.
The grand finale of the week’s events will be the April C. Kauffman Memorial Golf Outing, Sept. 25 at Mays Landing Country Club. Registration and breakfast take place at 7 a.m. with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. This event is particularly significant as the late April Kauffman was instrumental in lobbying for veteran health care reform and was an integral part of the Wounded Warrior and Warfighter Sports organizations. Several service dogs will be accompanying their warriors on the golf course for the 2nd Annual April C. Kauffman Golf Outing, Sept. 25, 2015.

Tickets for the golf tournament include breakfast, a round of golf (including cart) and an awards luncheon and are $125 per person.

For more information about these events, contact Dawn Coyle at (609) 569-1169.

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