GlenLakes Veterans & Friends Association
The GlenLakes Veterans and Friends Association was established in 2016 to assist the local Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 67 to raise operating funds since the pittance received from their national organization was woefully inadequate compared to their local needs. Since then, we've expanded our efforts to support other veterans' organizations in the local community by becoming an official charity, i.e., known as an IRS 501(c)(3) organization. As such, your contributions will continue to be tax deductible, supporting veteran services in Citrus, Hernando, and Pasco counties.
We have local meetings at the GlenLakes Country Club monthly with a variety of topics relevant to veterans and their families, including identity theft, local politics, opiod addition, honor flights, etc. There are no dues or fees to participate with complimentary coffee and donuts at each meeting.
Quarterly, we have R&R sessions poolside (weather permitting) to improve comraderie and shared experiences. We also routinely support activities at Bushnell National Cemetary, including the annual "Wreaths Across America".
Our main fund-raising activity is an annual Veterans Day Golf Tournament, Luncheon, and Silent Auctions. Participation has shown great increases each year.
Our 2019 tournament raised over 32,000. Click here for more details!
We have awarded grants from the 2019 tournament to four deserving local veterans organization:
DAV Chapter 67 in Spring Hill, paying approximately half the cost for a van.
DAV Chapter 158 in Crystal River for computers, printers, and emergency funds for veterans in need
American Legion Post 186 in Brooksville to resurface the parking lot, update safe/security, and pay 1/3 the cost to send students to Boys State
VFW Post 9236 in Hernando Beach for new computers and veterans assistance funds.
Our 58 sponsors enabled our 2020 golf event to raise over $40,000. Our first grant was for the second $7000 payment to DAV #67 to finalize purchase of a transport van. Other awards will soon follow. Click here for more details.