REDSTONE ARSENAL, Alabama - The Utility Helicopters Project Office has held its 18th annual golf tournament with the sole intent of raising money to support local Soldiers.

This year's event, May 23 at the Links, raised an all-time high donation of $45,350 for the Army Emergency Relief campaign -- an increase of over $10,000 from last year.

"This is the most UHPO and our industry partners have ever raised since we began this tournament in 2001," Jeremy Bolton, acquisition logistics chief at UHPO and tournament organizer, said. "And actually this was the most AER-Redstone has ever received from any one organization on Redstone Arsenal or from the Huntsville community."

AER provides support to active military and retirees and their families. This support can be monetary, but also through helping to meet daily needs with items such as food, clothing, shelter requirements, medical expenses, scholarship programs and or other financial burdens.

Capt. Tracy Ariza, Redstone Arsenal's AER vice-chair and commander of the Aviation and Missile Command's Headquarters and Headquarters Company, was on hand to thank all participants who were in the tournament and accept the check from UHPO.

AER provides Soldiers, retirees and family members in need with a means or opportunity to receive assistance while they are serving this country.

This year more than 200 golfers that comprised over 50 teams came out to support Soldiers through this fundraiser. Since 2015, the golf tournament has raised over $127,000 for AER and would not have been possible without the overall sponsorship for the AER mission or the support within our golfing community, the participants, volunteers and the Links staff.

Industry partners who contributed to the 2019 fundraiser included: Iron Mountain Solutions, AVION Solutions, QuantiTech, Tec-Masters, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Northrop Grumman, Airbus, Collins Aerospace, KBR, Yulista, Thompson Gray, SESI, PeopleTec, BTI, LogiCore, CGI, Radial Solutions Inc., FLIR, S&S Logic, Roberson Tanks, L3, General Electric, Honeywell, SPS and The Protective Group.