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VTN Billy Payne
TXWWF Board Members
VTN Billy Payne
The Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation is extraordinarily grateful and blessed by our relationship with Ping Golf and the Solheim family. Each year, Ping CEO and owner John Solheim is gracious enough to invite Chairman Dick Goetz, and several Wounded Warriors to receive VIP treatment at Ping World Headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. On January 27, 2021, Mr. Goetz and several other Foundation Board Members accompanied Warrior Billy Payne, and friend of the Foundation Michael Finney to Phoenix for this incredible experience. The day was spent fitting the Warriors for an entire set of brand new and industry-leading Ping golf clubs provided at no charge courtesy of the Solheim family, using the exact same state-of-the-art technology, club fitting tools, and equipment used to fit the Tour Pros that play Ping - like Bubba Watson! A huge Texas-sized thank you to Ping, John Solheim, and the entire Solheim family, and to Warrior Billy Payne for his service and sacrifice!
by Phil Hicks - Tyler Morning Telegraph
The Roberts Family and TXWW Foundation members.
From left to right: TXWW Foundation Chair Dick Goetz, Veteran John David Roberts, and Tess Roberts
San Antonio veteran, John-David "JD" Roberts thought his trip was a routine visit with the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation Committee.
The retired Captain and his wife, Tess, had been in discussion with car dealerships about converting a truck to help Roberts, who is confined to a wheelchair and has suffered other injuries, mainly a result of 20 years in the service. But when Roberts arrived in the Rose City, he was greeted with a big surprise---a new red Chevrolet Silverado.
Roberts who served in both the Air Force and the Army with tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq and is a motivational speaker was almost speechless on Thursday. "I had no idea (about the truck)," said Roberts, whose son, John also traveled to Tyler. "I was extremely emotional. Words cannot express...with the way things are in the world today; it is a positive thing. It's hard to describe it. All your life you are independent and then suddenly your injuries... This helps me be more mobile."
The Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation along with Hall Buick GMC worked together for the gift. "We wanted to present JD with the truck to help him get around," Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation Chairman, Dick Goetz said. "He is one of our wounded warriors from San Antonio who has lost a leg and has had some difficulty getting back to health. He is one of the true American Heroes."
The VA has provided a 400lb battery-operated wheelchair and a lift installed in the truck.
The Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation sponsors two Family Retreats in the Spring and Fall of each year. These popular events are for the entire warrior family, and have been conducted since 2015. The last three years these have taken place at the T Bar M Ranch in New Braunfels, Texas. At the T Bar M, families enjoy two nights and three days in a massive facility that includes ball fields, walking trails, tennis courts, and swimming pool, meeting rooms, hotel-like lodging and an indoor facility with a full-size gym, ping pong, weight room, pool table, and shuffle board. Retreat activities include bingo and even golf lessons. Another activity is simply a time to relax. Since the first retreat, one special feature of the retreats has been a spiritual emphasis, one for the adults, and one for the children. Rick Hughes, who has a radio program in many states across the nation, has been the Bible teacher for the adults in each retreat.
The next retreat is scheduled for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, March 19, 20, 21 - 2021.
Hall Buick GMC of Tyler hosted Texas Wounded Warrior Month in May for the tenth consecutive year and Hall Chevrolet Buick GMC of Canton joined last year. For each vehicle sold, the Halls donated a portion of the sale to the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation. Monte Hall presented a check to the Foundation for $10,250.
The Halls’ donations have been instrumental in purchasing a truck this year for a wounded warrior that accommodated a 400 pound wheel chair and lift as well as over the years, three 12-passenger vans — one in Tyler and two in the Burnet and Marble Falls area — that help the wounded warriors travel back-and-forth to medical appointments.
In the picture: Dick Goetz (right), Chairman of the Board of Directors and Monte Hall.
Amarillo Pro-Am; July 20, 2020 - Tascosa Country Club once again proved to be an absolutely fantastic host venue for the 3rd Annual Amarillo TXWWF Pro-Am event. PGA Director of Golf, Alan Poe, and PGA General Manager, Dave Donachie, and their fantastic staff went above and beyond at every turn to ensure a flawlessly executed golf tournament and experience for the 125 players in attendance, on a beautiful sun-splashed day with temperatures in the low 90’s on Monday, July 20th.
All of our Pro-Am events consist of 5-player teams, with a Wounded Warrior, a PGA Golf Professional, and three amateur players enjoying the camaraderie and enjoyment of competing together as a team in a scramble format. The efforts of Amarillo Pro-Am Chairman Scot Pike, and his lovely wife Sandy to fundraise, organize and host the event was again an incredible success, with well over $50,000 returned to the Foundation as a donation from the proceeds generated. Thank you Amarillo and all of northwest Texas – your warm Texas embrace is genuinely appreciated by your friends at the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation!
Tyler Pro-Am; October 5, 2020 – The Cascades Country Club and all of Tyler and East Texas proudly rolled out the red carpet for our Wounded Warriors and their wives for the flagship Pro-Am on the annual schedule for the Foundation. The event is a 3-day affair, complete with 3 days of golf for the Warriors, 2 fantastic dinner events, spa, and other arranged activities for the Wounded Warriors’ spouses and significant others, and a gala dinner and casino party night the Sunday evening prior to the golf tournament.
The Tyler Pro-Am marked the 13th edition and was the inaugural event around which the entire Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation began and was built by Chairman Dick Goetz, PGA, and Board Member Ron Nash, PGA, back in 2007. Since that time, over $7,000,000 has been raised, and 700+ Wounded Warrior Families have been proudly and honorably supported by the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation and the vision of these two great men. Tyler Pro-Am Chairman Matt Cohen, PGA, the General Manager at The Cascades Country Club is exceedingly proud to have The Cascades be recognized as the official home for the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation in Tyler, and for the annual Pro-Am activities.
Escondido Golf and Lake Club; November 9, 2020 – The gorgeous Texas Hill Country hosted the third and final Pro-Am on the annual calendar for the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation on Monday, November 9, 2020, at posh and immaculate Escondido Golf and Lake Club in Horseshoe Bay. Tournament Chairman Buck Mayer, PGA, and his co-hosts Tina Mayer, PGA, and Bob Goetz, PGA, once again dialed up an absolutely perfect and breezy November day with temperatures in the mid-70’s, as 100 plus golfers enjoyed one of the finest golf courses in the state of Texas.
The membership and entire club staff led by Mayer’s and Mr. Goetz consistently provide an incredible experience year after year, and the generosity of the membership and community at Escondido is unrivaled in Texas. The event produced a donation of $80,000 to the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation, of which $20,000 was donated to VA Dogs of Texas as a secondary beneficiary. The incredible giving spirit and nature of our friends in Horseshoe Bay cannot be properly acknowledged – thank you for your patriotism and for hosting the annual Escondido Pro-Am again in 2020!
First Picture: Liberty Hill Middle School Lionettes Dance team—Killeen, Texas
Second Picture: From left to right in this picture: Jack Goetz, Brooke Knight, Campus Instructional Specialist; Dick Goetz.