U.S. Pro Hickory’s Charitable Donation

U.S. Professional & Amateur Hickory Championship
raises $1,500 for local charity

U.S. Pro Hickory founder Mike Stevens, right, presents a $1,500 check to a representative of the James Haley VA Hospital in Tampa, Fla.

By Mike Stevens
In addition to the U.S. Pro & Amateur Hickory Championship celebrating the history of our game, it also raises money for a local charity group. Last week, I attended the monthly dinner meeting of Operation Helping Hand Tampa to present the donation from the annual hickory tournament at the James Haley VA Hospital. It was quite moving as 15 wounded soldiers were being honored. I was amazed to find out that 15 to 20 soldiers are still arriving each month with serious injuries from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thanks to you those who participated in the golf tournament and its sponsors, I was able to present them with a $1,500 check to help their families through their time of need.

Mark your calendars. Next year’s tournament will be played on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. Hope you can make it.