DAV Salem Benefit Golfathon

October 14th from 4:00-7:00p

Topgolf – Hillsboro, OR

Official Newsletter of the DAV Salem Golfathon

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The First Disabled American Veterans (DAV Salem) Benefit Golfathon

for the DAV to keep our promise to care for our Veterans by empowering them to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity.


The day of celebration is on October 14th, 2018 at Topgolf in Hillsboro. Topgolf is not a golf course, it’s a new premier golf-entertainment complex that combines the culture and mechanics of golf with the comfort and social connection of bowling. The climate controlled environment, awesome buffet, and unique game-play make it a perfect venue for a wide variety of people who may not otherwise be interested in slugging-away on a soggy and cold Fall day at a traditional golf course. It’s a total blast!


The DAV currently has a budget of $2,000 total (no recurring disbursement). Dave works nearly single-handedly to provide vital services allowing Veterans to have the care and support they need. It’s our turn to give back to him so he can continue to serve our friends, family, and neighbors.


With nominal participation from 20 volunteers (or more), we can raise $50,000 (or more) for the DAV Salem! We need passionate champions willing to help us support the DAV and our mission to empower Veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. You don’t even have to be a golfer! This endeavor will not take a lot of time, and you can even win some great prizes!

You can be a DAV Golfathon Participant. Here is what we are asking you to commit to:

  1. Put Sunday, Oct 14 on your calendar to join us at Topgolf , 4 -7 pm to smash 100 golf balls and enjoy indulgent fun and food!
  2. Sponsor yourself for $100 ($1/ball) or more, payable in advance, and strive for a fundraising pledge goal of $2,500 (or $1,000).
  3. Give the ultimate effort to contact 25-35 friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, etc., asking them to sponsor you and strive for your pledge goal. This is much easier than you think, as people will be more than happy to support your effort and the goals of DAV Salem. This can be done in less than 5 hours (and we’ll show you how).

People give to people…so all you have to do is ask, and together we can make a big difference!

You can also be a “Team Captain”!  We need 8+ Team Captains to accomplish the above 1 – 2 – 3 and put together a team of four participants (including yourself) and coach them up to success.

What if I don’t golf?

No problem! Topgolf is fantastic, casual and fun for beginners. Check out the Topgolf experience at the link http://bit.ly/2nPDivG and see for yourself.

What if I can’t attend the event on October 14th?
No problem!  Simply be a NON-GOLFING PARTICIPANT. Follow the same plan, pledge $100 (or more) and reach out to your network to get sponsors who will help you help DAV Salem. We (or you) can get someone else to fulfill your 100-ball challenge (and if you want join us for Dinner at the event).
How is this organized?

This is a well-organized and fun campaign. The Golfathon website is the key to our success. It’s the easy-to-use place where you enter your sponsor’s pledge information, and it does all the administrative work for you. Our site will send your sponsors details on how/where they can pay their pledge, a thank you note, and tax deductible letter. Easy as tap-putt!

Who is on the Board of Directors?

As Pictured: Kerry Wymetalek (Senior Vice Commander), Michael Brickley (Treasurer), Dale Rinerson (Junior Vice Commander), Dave Wentz (Commander)

Are there any other informational meetings?


Announcement Meeting

Wednesday, August 15th
Social Hour 6:00-6:30pm
Meeting 6:30-7:30pm
Refreshments Provided
In the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation McLaran Room
Hosted by Lewis Media Group
223 Commercial St NE
Salem, OR 97301

Come ready to learn how the Golfathon works, who else is participating, and how to fundraise with ProFund’s simple tools! Plus, enjoy some social time with refreshments and friends before the meeting begins.

Tee-Off Party!

Thursday, September 13th
Social Hour 6:00-6:30pm
Meeting + Dinner 6:30-7:30pm
Dinner Provided
At the DAV
Hosted by Dave Wentz
2933 Center Street NE Unit B
Salem, OR 97301

Get excited for the final push of the campaign! New participants or interested parties are welcome! We will go over the current status of the campaign & let any newcomers know what to expect as they partner with us to help the DAV serve local veterans.


For More Information

2018 Player Captain

Jason Lewis, (503) 602-9074

DAV Salem   |   2933 Center Street NE Unit B, Salem, OR 97301   |   (503) 884-1024

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Team Captains

Dave Wentz

Participants: Robert Mosqueda

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Michael Brickley


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Jerry Stevens


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Jason Lewis

Participants: Brian Smith

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Jennifer Lewis

Participants: Savannah Casper

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Fay DeMeyer


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