SOMERS, N.Y. – The National Amputee Foundation (NAF) and the Westchester Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) were both receptive when Somers’ Victoria Roach approached them with the idea of a combined charity golf outing.
“I did not realize that Wounded Warriors only helps people who were injured after 9/11,” Roach explained. “When I met a couple of amputees at a recent North Salem golf outing, I learned about the National Amputee Foundation, which helps everyone.
“It’s amputees helping other amputees. It makes a huge difference when a new amputee can speak with someone who understands their fears and their hopes and dreams.”
The NAF was founded in 1919 and has been helping veterans ever since. It has expanded its facilities to include civilian amputees as well.
“It’s a small group and doesn’t get a lot of attention, but I was so impressed when I met those guys. One was a double-amputee and he was playing golf.”
Roach’s father is a war veteran so she is always happy to help when she can.
“My other passion is dogs,” she added. “All my dogs are rescues from the SPCA. In fact, I feature a Dog of the Week on the Somers Dog Park Facebook page. So I wanted to do something for them, too.”
“It’s a small outing, but I hope I can raise a couple of thousand dollars for each charity.”
The event, sponsored by Roach's company CobbleStone Abstract, is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 12 at the Somers Pointe Golf Club in Heritage Hills. Registration starts at 10:30 a.m., with a warm-up on the range and the putting green from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
There is a barbecue lunch at 11 a.m. The Shotgun Start is at 12:30 p.m. The cocktail hour, dinner, a raffle and an auction begin at 5:30 p.m.
The registration fee of $200 per person includes an 18-hole scramble, golf cart, barbecue lunch, dinner, a two-hour open bar and prizes and the raffle.