Golf association donates $1,000 to the Family Readiness Office Published Jan. 28, 2014 By Senior Airman Lacey Roberts 162nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office TUCSON, Ariz. -- Tom Contreras, president of the Quail Creek Veterans Golf Association presented the 162nd Fighter Wing Commander, Col. Phil Purcell with a $1,000 check during a presentation here Jan. 23. Quail Creek, a community 20 miles south of Tucson is home to a championship golf course and seven golf associations. The Quail Creek Veterans Golf Association is a non-profit organization established to promote the game of golf, fellowship and good sportsmanship among Quail Creek military veterans and their families. Contreras said, the association established in 2007, has expanded and become an organization committed to doing useful things in the community. When our tournaments began making money, the members wanted to give back to the community in a worthwhile way, said Contreras. All proceeds are used to support veterans and their families. "Membership is very excited that we're not just another golf association, but we are a golf association with a purpose," said Contreras. The association is comprised of Air Force, Army, Marine, Navy veterans and their families. Members have donated money to organizations in the past, but are committed to benefiting the local community. After a successful charity golf tournament last year, a committee was established to explore different organizations and determine where money would be best spent to support the local community. "We wanted to keep it local as much as we could and there is nothing more local than the National Guard in our area," said David Ray, chairman of the association's charitable research committee. "We wanted to participate in issuing the money. We wanted to know who benefitted from it and that's what we have done," said Contreras. "The money in our estimate is going to a very worthwhile cause and we are glad to donate it," he said. During the presentation, Barb Gavre, Family Readiness Office program manager expressed gratitude for the donation. "We welcome and appreciate their generosity and are very grateful," Gavre said. The $1,000 will enable the Family Readiness Office to ship care packages to deployed members and members away at technical school. It will also provide non-perishable food items and food cards to members in need.