Eagle Oaks hosts Honor Day

Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club, Howell, hosted its 11th annual Honor Day military event on May 23 in support of the men and women who stand in defense of the nation’s freedom.

Raising more than $225,000 through fundraising, a charity golf outing and gala dinner, proceeds benefited Hope For The Warrior, a national nonprofit that provides care through its programs to restore self, family and hope to post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen across the country, according to a press release.

“We know freedom is not free,” said Domenic Gatto, chairman and president of Eagle Oaks. “It is our privilege and honor to host a well-deserved day of fun and relaxation for these courageous and brave men and women who so valiantly and selflessly serve our country. Our members are proud and honored to share their club for the day.”

This year, Eagle Oaks hosted 285 active duty service personnel representing all five branches of the military, 185 of whom were U.S. Marine Corps members just returning from Afghanistan, according to the press release.

Honor Day kicked off with a Black Hawk helicopter landing on the driving range, followed by the All Veterans Group Parachute Team jumping in to the cheers of the crowd on the golf course, according to the press release.

Almost 300 students from local schools toured military displays that highlight military technologies. By providing a venue for hands-on interaction and learning, Eagle Oaks Honor Day helps bridge the gap between classroom theory and real world application of military technologies, according to the press release.

The evening ceremony included an honor roll of Eagle Oaks friends and family before welcoming in military to the cheers of more than 500 invited guests. Special guest Col. Joshe Raitz made they keynote speech.