Fort Rucker golf tournament benefits AER
Dave Wiggins lines up his shot during last year's Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union Golf Tournament. He was one of more than 60 participants in the tournament, which raised $16,000 for the Army Emergency Relief Fund.

FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- For the 20th consecutive year, area golfers can raise money for the Army Emergency Relief Fund when they hit the links at Silver Wings Golf Course April 23.

The Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union Golf Tournament begins at noon with a shotgun start. Entry fee is $50 for Silver Wings members and $60 for non-members, and the fees include lunches, cart usage, green fees and a gift.

Tournament-day registration begins at 10 a.m. Golfers can win a 2010 Nissan Altima or 2010 Jeep Wrangler if they hit a hole-in-one on the New Ground Resources, Inc.-sponsored hole.

The AER fund helps Soldiers and some retirees with all emergency necessities if they lack necessary funds, according to Capt. Justin Barnes, AER campaign coordinator. These include help with groceries, bills or some medical problems TRICARE will not cover, he added.

A more detailed list of what AER assists with can be found on the campaign's Web site, <a href="http://www.aerhq.org" target="_blank">www.aerhq.org</a>.

Locally, the fundraising campaign lasts now through May 15, and the golf tournament is one of several events community organizations conduct to support the cause. Barnes said he is grateful the event occurs because it contributes a significant amount of money each year and raises awareness about the campaign.

Last year's tournament raised about $16,000.

"Soldiers need to know AER is there to help," Barnes said. "I think (the tournament is) something command can get behind. Leadership on all levels will embrace it."

Joel Faulk, golf tournament co-chairman, said since AACFCU is a military-focused credit union, it makes sense to continue the event.

"AER is about helping our own, helping people at the point of their worst need," he said. "The golf tournament is a good way to raise money in a short time."

To register for the tournament, call 598-4411, ext. 1306 or 1302, or ext. 1702.

Community members can also call (800) 448-4096.

To donate to AER or apply for help, visit the AER Web site or call 255-9631.

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