Traverse City Record-Eagle


April 23, 2014

Pirate's Cove putting for patriots

TRAVERSE CITY — Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf is preparing a fundraiser to assist those who served our nation.

The Eighth Annual Putting for Patriots event will run from mid-May through the Memorial Day weekend. Timothy Olson, general manager at Pirate’s Cove on U.S. 31 North, said the fundraiser sells miniature golf hole sponsorships to area businesses and citizens. A sponsorship gets the company a sign on the hole they sponsor and a link on the Pirate’s Cove website.

All of the money from the sponsorships is donated to three pre-screened charities for veterans.

“You see the kids that are coming back and we are just not taking care of them as good as we could,” Olson said. “People don’t realize what these individuals are going through when they come back. People see it on television and when the news is done, they are done, but that’s not the way it works. These individuals are going to live with what goes on over there for the rest of their lives.”

Pirate’s Cove also donates 10 percent of all revenues from Saturday and Sunday of the Memorial Day weekend to the charities. The charities that benefit are:

TAPS — Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. The organization’s mission is to provide ongoing peer-based emotional support to anyone who is grieving the death of someone who died while serving in the Armed Forces.

Hope for the Warriors — The goal of this charity is to enhance the quality of life for post 9/11 service members, their families and families of the fallen.

Homes for our Troops — HFOT is an organization committed to helping veterans returning home with serious injuries.

Pirate’s Cove also accepts public donations that go directly to the charities. Thirty-three other Pirate’s Cove, Pirate’s Island and Jungle Golf miniature golf courses throughout the United States participate. The event has raised more than $173,000 for veteran causes since its inception. For more information call 231-642-0442.

“The VA does the best that they can, but we’ve got so many people coming back who are injured or their families are left behind,” Olson said. “We are trying to fill those cracks a little bit.”

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