American Airlines, Fort Worth Airpower Foundation Present “The Courage Cup” Charity Golf Tournament Benefitting Snowball Express

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Presented by American Airlines and Fort Worth Airpower Foundation, “The Courage Cup” is a charity golf tournament that will benefit Snowball Express, a nonprofit organization that supports the families of fallen military heroes who have passed away on active duty since Sept. 11, 2001.

On Monday, April 18, 2011, registered golf players will enjoy 18 holes of golf at the Army Navy Country Club (ANCC) in Arlington, Va., where many of our country’s past presidents and honored military officers have been hitting the links for more than 85 years. With two locations in the D.C. Metro area, the ANCC spans 500 acres of rolling, wooded landscape with six challenging and versatile, nine-hole courses. “The Courage Cup” charity golf tournament is open to golfers and non-golfers alike. This year’s fundraiser will include breakfast, golf, lunch, an awards reception, a fabulous silent auction, great giveaways and prizes, as well as the opportunity to meet celebrities and important military figures. A shotgun start is set for 9a.m. with golfer registration and breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m.

“The Courage Cup” seeks to help the organization continue its journey of creating new memories for the families of those who have given us the gift of freedom, inspiring their children to have fun, and providing them with the encouragement of a community that can relate to them and from which lifelong friendships could stem. Thanks to the individuals, corporations, donors and sponsors that support Snowball each year, the organization has raised thousands since its inception in 2006 and is able to continue on with its journey of providing hope, understanding and support.

“As the official airline of Snowball Express, American Airlines has been a longtime supporter of the organization’s mission,” said Captain James Palmersheim, Managing Director – American Airlines Veterans Initiatives. “This exclusive golf tournament is yet another way we – and all of the generous participating sponsors – are able to give back to families who have made the ultimate sacrifice to the United States.”

In attendance at the tournament will be special guests of honor retired Lt. Michael Thornton, U.S. Navy and retired Master Chief William “Bill” Goines, U.S. Navy. While serving in the Navy, Thornton received this nation's highest award, the Congressional Medal of Honor, for heroic actions on his last tour of duty in Vietnam, which resulted in saving the life of a fellow SEAL. Guest of honor Goines, the first African American SEAL, is a decorated Navy SEAL who served more than 32 years on active duty, rising to the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer.

“Snowball Express has the vision and our many supporters provide us the ability to fulfill the mission,” said retired Rear Adm. Mark R. Milliken, U.S. Navy, Committee Chair for Snowball Express’ golf tournament. “It is with humility and gratitude for the many donations we receive each year that Snowball Express can create these magical times for the families of our fallen military heroes.”

Sponsorship packages and individual golfer opportunities are still available. For information on how to register to play or on how to purchase a sponsor package, please visit, contact Callie Ziobro at (617) 337-9533, or email her at cziobro(at)thecastlegrp(dot)com.


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