Press Enterprise: Golf tournament raises $30,000 for wounded troops

May 17th, 2012

A charity golf tournament this month raised more than $30,000 for the Semper Fi Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.

Twenty sponsors and 115 golfers participated in the tournament, held Friday, May 4 at the Tukwet Canyon Golf Club in Beaumont. The event was organized by two Redlands-based companies, KWB Wealth Managers Group and Arrowhead Orthopaedics, who intend to co-host the event again next spring.

Every dollar raised at the tournament went directly to benefit the Semper Fi Fund and injured warriors such as retired Master Sgt. Davey Lind, who spoke of his wife getting the second-worst call a spouse could imagine the day he was injured in battle. Lind lost both of his legs.

Lind said he remembers his returning home from rehab and recognizing at the door that their home was not wheelchair-ready. The Semper Fi Fund helped them remodel their home and overcome the economic and emotional challenges of being a double amputee.

Laura Castellvi from Semper Fi Fund, who is the wife of an active-duty Marine, said her charity has donated more than $61 million in 41,000 grants since its inception.

Kerry Bubb, president of KWB, was inspired to organize the event after meeting Marine Cpl. Justin Crabbe, of Rancho Cucamonga. On Aug. 26, 2011, while on duty in Afghanistan, Crabbe stepped on an improvised explosive device that took his legs, three fingers and his thumbs.

Crabbe is undergoing rehabilitation at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. As of May 7, he had undergone more than 40 surgeries, and hopes to return home by the end of this year.

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