More than $1 million was raised during the April 21 golf tournament and dinner gala benefitting Navy SEALs and the SOF Support Foundation at the Del Mar Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe, co-chaired by Madeleine Pickens and Dominique Plewes.
"We were so delighted to have been able to again bring together a patriotic group of San Diegans, whose generosity will help to ensure that the Navy SEALs and their families will receive the help and support they so justly deserve," Pickens said.
The golf tournament and dinner gala served as a benefit for Navy SEALs and their families through the SOF (Special Operations Forces) Support Foundation. SOF is unique in that it carries no payroll or employees. It consists of a committed all-volunteer team, and donors are assured that their monies go directly to points of need. The Foundation's mission is to help ensure that the nation's elite warriors and their families receive the support they need to effectively carry out their operations, keep their families intact, and lead healthy and productive lives after they conclude their service.
The day began in patriotic fashion with a performance from the Navy Band Southwest, and an aerial skydiving display, courtesy of Skydiving Innovations. Afterward, the golfers hit the links for a five-man, 18-hole scramble on the DMCC's championship course.
The event continued into the evening with a cocktail reception, dinner, and silent and live auction inside a packed clubhouse at the Del Mar Country Club.
Following dinner, the evening took a serious tone when the keynote speaker, Dr. Dilip Joseph, took the stage to talk about his book, Kidnapped by the Taliban: A Story of Terror, Hope and Rescue by SEAL Team Six, in which he described the harrowing ordeal and his rescue by one of the most elite special operations forces in the world.
A number of celebrities attended the golf tournament and dinner gala, including Admiral David Buss; David Beamer, the father of Todd Beamer, one of the heroic passengers who helped prevent another catastrophe on 9/11 when he and fellow passengers overpowered the hostages in the cockpit who had taken control of United Airlines Flight 93; John Maguire, a legendary CIA Operative who has an extensive background in working with SEAL teams; NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton; Pro Football Hall of Famers Marshall Faulk and Andre Reed, and two-time World Series champion pitcher Jesse Orosco.