By Mark Ambrogi
Carmel resident Eric Scudder is aiming to help grow the Kentucky-Indiana Paralyzed Veterans of America presence in the Indianapolis area.
KIPVA will host a golf outing June 16 at Wood Wind Golf Club. The golf scramble event is called The Promise, A Day of Golf for Veterans.
Scudder is the owner of Scudder Creative, an advertising agency helping promote the event for KIPVA. Ricky Raley, Westfield, is serving as the chapter’s sports director.
“The veterans that we serve held up their promise to our country and made a great sacrifice for us. It is only fair for us to try to uphold our promise to make their quality of life as great as possible,” Raley said. “That is our sole mission at the Paralyzed Veterans of America.”
Scudder said KIPVA wants to have an annual golf event to honor veterans.
“It’s our way of saying thank you and keeping our promise to look after them and show our gratitude for them looking after us,” he said. “We view the day of golf in Central Indiana as a great extension of the Memorial Day spirit.”
With the office in Floyd Knobs in Southern Indiana, there have been more KIPVA activities in the Louisville/Lexington area.
“This is a chance to tap into the northern half of Indiana – Central Indiana particularly – spread the word and build a resource base for the veterans,” Scudder said. “We think this will be a nice fit to draw in people and help share the message.”
Scudder said the goal is to have the golf outing at multiple courses in the future.
More than 91 percent of all donations go to the veterans the chapter serves, KIPVA Executive Director Vickie Lincks said.
“In our two states, we try to offer health and wellness, hardship, adaptive sport and recreation to those with spinal cord injuries,” Lincks said. “We’re supported by our national organization and donations and funds we raise.”
The cost for one player is $125 and $500 for a foursome. The price includes green fees, a cart, a premium gift, breakfast and the awards luncheon.
Prizes will be awarded for the top three finishing teams.
Lincks said an adaptive golf clinic will be held June 15, and a group of paralyzed golfers will take part in the outing.
Player and team registration and breakfast is at 8:30 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 10 a.m. The awards banquet and silent auction is at 3 p.m. To register, visit woodwindgolf.com.