Oneonta Charity Cup Raises Money, Hosts Wounded Warrior as Guest of Honor
The Oneonta Country Club hosted its annual Oneonta Charity Cup this weekend with proceeds funding the Wounded Warrior Project. I headed up East to visit OCC, speak with a Wounded Warrior and see how they were hitting them.
"It's events like this that make me proud to be an American," said Wounded Warrior Spokesperson Danielle Green.
For the fifth time in six years, Oneonta Country Club was packed with golfers dawning Red, White and Blue. This year, the guest of honor was Danielle Green,
"It's just amazing to be able to support somebody that supported and served us," said board member Joe Harmer.
Green was a Division I Basketball Player at Notre Dame before enlisting in the military when she was 26.
"She was a basketball player in college, D1 at Notre Dame so she's got the best jump shot here," said board member Josh Rumenapp. "But then she decided to serve for our country. She made the ultimate sacrifice as far as she was injured. She lost part of her arm. She's wonderful and we're very, very honored to have her here."
But when disaster struck, hope came out of nowhere.
"They greeted me with a welcome home and a backpack full of everyday essentials, CD players, toiletries," Green said. "And once I met them they gave me hope because sometimes you can feel hopeless when you when you lose a limb so I lost my left arm in Iraq and they've been at my side for 19 years now."
The OCC and the Charity Cup raising money to help the Wounded Warrior Foundation do that and more.
"I mean I was born and raised in Oneonta," Rumenapp said. "I love this town. I do a lot of things for it including, the wounded warriors and those local charities we're giving the money to. It does mean a lot to me though to see these people step up big for the people that deserve it most."
Over the course of the golf tournament's life, the Oneonta community has been significantly impacted.
"We've given hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Wounded Warrior Project and we give it to other local organizations," Harmer said. "We gave it to the Boys and Girls Club, the YMCA. This year we're gonna give it to a Legion baseball team and a high school trap shoot team."
And of course, people are just excited to hit the links.
"We say it's the best tournament in upstate New York," Harmer said. "And it's every year, people get very upset they don't get into the tournament."
But regardless of how everyone shot today, the takeaway for those in attendance and message to the other wounded warriors was:
"There's no reason to suffer, to be alone because the support is here," Green said. "The media coverage is here. The love and support. I tell people to think about our Vietnam veterans when they returned home they didn't get the same type of support that this generation of warriors are getting. So you know don't leave yourself hanging when there's support."
Green encourages any wounded warrior struggling to simply head to the Wounded Warrior Project website, to support the tournament and their charity go here.