The nonprofit Operation Enduring Gratitude is giving back to a Glendale Navy widow, whose home will be renovated.
To raise funds, the organization — which specializes in aiding veterans and their families with free handyman repairs, home renovations and appliance installations — is hosting the “Golfing with Gratitude” golf tournament on Saturday, April 17, at Arizona Traditions Golf Club.
The event at the club, 17225 N. Citrus Road, Surprise, begins with registration at 6:30 p.m., with tee-off at 7:30 a.m. Tickets are $125 for individuals and $500 for foursomes.
All participants will be treated to a continental breakfast, social mingling and a goody bag.
The registration fees go toward the rental fee, while most of the proceeds will go toward other charity projects and the home of the widow, whose name is being withheld.
After her husband passed away in their home on Jan. 13, she called Glendale police to retrieve the body. However, due to the unsafe living conditions discovered in the process, the home was condemned by Glendale’s building and safety office.
Operation Enduring Gratitude was made aware of the situation and decided to completely renovate the home.
“It was very unhealthy, very unclean living,” said Charlie Ellis, founder of Operation Enduring Gratitude. “The bathrooms were all plugged up. The kitchen sink didn’t work. So, the best thing that ever happened to this widow was that her house was condemned, and we’re going to help rebuild it.”
It was a job like nothing they have seen before. Around 45 to 65 cats were living inside a crowded home. Cat crates were stacked on top of each other from floor to ceiling, animal droppings were throughout, and there was a major bug infestation.
But with support from volunteers and donors in the community, Ellis is optimistic of the future of this project and other ones.
“From there, we kept reaching out to the community and started pulling together the support that we need,” Ellis said. “We’re also teaming up with a group of different nonprofits. The city of Glendale was assisting us on some grants that are available. It really is going to go a lot smoother than any other houses that we ever did.”
Although this is the charity’s first fundraising event, Ellis said the golf tourney will be “perfect.” The event is a shotgun scramble, where golfers are only allowed to use one type of club. The organization has reserved 144 slots for the golf tournament and encourages veterans and nonveterans to join it in supporting the charity.
Those who cannot attend or want to donate more than the ticket price are invited to contribute with par/hole sponsorships and team sponsorships.
The par/hole sponsorship includes a shared logo on a hole sign, logo recognition on e-announcements, recognition during the tournament and a logo on goody bag items.
A team sponsorship is a way for supporters to make a donation and support the cause from home. This sponsorship is $500 and pays for the registration of a team of four golfers. Those who purchase this sponsorship also have the opportunity to name their sponsored team.