Minturn, CO Holy Cross VFW Post 10721 Colorado Veteran Input

911 Memorial Ceremony Cart start golf Color Guard two Golf First Place Trophies
Golf Lunch Helmut Fricker Golf Start Golf National Anthem

Golf Military Salute

VFW Post 10721 in Minturn, Colorado for over 20 years raised money for six local high school and follow-on college  
scholarships at a Rummage sale that was suddenly stopped when the local school Board condemned the building.  

To answer the call, Post members in May 2018 voted to host the 911 “Never Forget” Inaugural Memorial Golf Tournament  
at the local EagleVail Golf Course.  The tournament was organized by Moses Gonzales and Buddy Sims to host  
120 golfers (30 teams), to have a 911 Memorial Ceremony at 8:00 am, and followed by a scramble golf start at 8:30 am.  

To our benefit members and supporters knocked on doors and asked for donations resulting in local corporations 
donating the lunch menu made up of salads, beans, fries, steaks, and Coors beer (Coors beer of course came from 
Golden, CO). The golf tournament sold out four weeks before 911. 

Execution of the 911 event, like a full military OPS plan, was conducted with perfect Colorado weather and included 
EMS vehicles in the background with flashing lights, 
Post and EMS Color Guard in action, local musician Tony Gulizia singing the National Anthem, Post Commander 
CPO (Ret.) Al Zepeda, USN speaking on 911, and local Oktoberfest Band Star Helmut Fricker blasting out the start of 
golf with his Alpine Horn and hand-held organ music. 300 American Flags were placed on fairway four to remember those
post on 911. 

To end the event, a silent auction was held and alone raised over $10,000 with donated items from 35 local 
businesses. The results of this Post effort brought the community together for an emotional 911 “Never Forget” 
Memorial Remembrance and also will allow our scholarship grants to go from $2,500 to $5,000 per student for college. 
Many thanks go out to our local Sponsors, Donors, and volunteer workers who all helped us earn scholarship monies.
Based on our first golf success in the Vail Valley, arrangements have been made to host the “soon to be annual” 911 
Golf Tournament in 2019.

Links to additional news coverage:

 Vail Daily Newspaper 

 Eagle County TV Coverage