Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Dennis Hejlik to golf in Semper Fi Fund benefit

July 20th, 2011
General Hejlik photo by Stltoday

General Hejlik

By Deb Peterson | St Louis Today | Stlouistoday.com | July 20, 2011

Lt. Gen. Dennis Hejlik, commanding general of the U.S. Marine Corps Force Command, has agreed to be on the links at the Seventh Annual Missouri Friends of Injured Marines Gen. James T. Conway Charity Golf Outing at the Country Club at the Legends on Aug. 28.

The Marine guest of honor at the outing will be Cpl. Todd Nicely, one of three surviving quadruple amputees of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Nicely lost his arms and legs when he stepped on an explosive device in Afghanistan in 2010.

He and his wife, Crystal, also a Marine, are from Arnold but now list Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., as their official address while Todd learns how to use his new prosthetic arms and hands.

Cpl. Nicely is one of many injured Marines who are assisted in rehabilitation by the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. That fund will receive the net proceeds from the Charity Golf Outing.

The outing will include 180 golfing participants – 45 foursomes – and a silent and live auction. Check in begins at 10:30 a.m. with a shotgun start a noon. Dinner, prizes and awards will begin at 5:30 p.m. Cost of $375.00 per golfer or $1,500 per team includes a tournament gift, lunch, awards dinner and cocktails. Registrations may be made online here.

Organizers say the Missouri golf event raises more money each year for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund than any other such organization in the country. Last year the event raised $200,000 for the fund.

St. Louis' Dr. Howard Short thought about creating the event seven years ago and suggested it to his friend, attorney Allen Allred, a former Marine Recon officer and friend of Gen. Conway from their days in Marine Corps Officer Candidate School.

Conway, 63, the 34th Commandant of the Marines, was born in Walnut Ridge, Ark., and raised in St. Louis. He graduated from Roosevelt High School and Southeast Missouri State University. He suggested that the money raised from the event go to the Injured Marine fund.

The fund is helping Nicely and his wife build an accessible home at the Lake of the Ozarks.

For more information call Reggie Thorpe, tournament director at 314-402-9631 or e-mail to comsnr@swbell.net.

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