SAN DIEGO, Calif. — March 27, 2014 – Philanthropist Madeleine Pickens and The Del Mar Country Club have announced that more than $1 million was raised at the March 22 benefit event to support the SEAL-Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation. The fundraiser, sponsored by TaylorMade, American Airlines, Bumble Bee Tuna, Wells Fargo Bank, The Pangaea Group of Morgan Stanley and others, attracted 135 golfers at the annual Scramble Golf Tournament, and 400 attendees at the spectacular evening gala.
The third annual event was organized by Madeleine Pickens and co-chair Dominique Plewes, to thank the Navy SEALs and their families for their military service and to honor fallen heroes. The event featured comments from keynote speaker Robert S. Harward, Jr., Navy SEAL and former Deputy Commander of the U.S. Central Command; Dorothy Woods, whose husband, Ty Woods, a Navy SEAL, was killed during a terrorist attack in Benghazi in September 2012; Michael Thornton, retired Navy SEAL and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient; and Kimberly Dozier, author of “Breathing Fire.” The event welcomed distinguished guests including New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, former San Diego Chargers linebacker Donnie Edwards, former boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard, professional golf coach Hank Haney, Johnny Walker, who guided and interpreted for US Navy SEALs on various missions in Iraq and has written a new book “Code Name Johnny Walker”; James and Lauree Moffett, Jennifer Moores, Corky Mizer, Jenny Craig, Actor Scott Elrod fromLone Survivor, and American Idol’s Jessica Sanchez, who performed the National Anthem. The event also received generous support from John Matty, the Pamplemousse Grille and Chef Jeffrey Strauss, San Diego Padres and San Diego Chargers.
Extraordinary Live and Silent Auction items that drew top winning bids included a private dinner with Sugar Ray Leonard at Madeleine Pickens Beach Estate, Sidney Craig’s Vacheron Constantin Royal Eagle Chronograph Watch, Yamaha Viking EPS 4×4 Special Edition ATV, VIP tickets to the Las Vegas iHeart Music Festival, Napa Wine VIP Tours of the David Arthur Vineyards and Colgin Cellars, Tickets to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and airfare and vacations to Hawaii, Vail, Deer Valley and Europe.
“We are very thankful for the extraordinary level of support that the San Diego community demonstrated through this event for our Navy SEALs, and their families,” said Madeleine Pickens and Dominique Plewes. “The funds raised will go directly to support the critical programs that the Foundation provides our brave warriors and their families. This financial support will strengthen the Naval Special Warfare community to maintain a resilient, sustainable, and healthy force during this era of frequent deployments.”
The Del Mar Country Club is one of the premier country clubs in Southern California. The club family is owned and managed by Madeleine Ann Pickens, a golf enthusiast, businesswoman and philanthropist. The daughter of renowned golf course architect, Bill Baker, she drew from her father’s mentoring and her European influences to develop the golf course and its magnificent landscaping surrounding a 55,000 square foot castle-like Clubhouse. The breathtaking property quickly turned into one of the finest country clubs in the country. Madeleine is currently developing Mustang Monument Eco-Resort and Preserve in Northeastern Nevada. For more information about both properties, visit: www.delmarcountryclub.com andwww.mustangmonument.com.
About SEAL – Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation
The SEAL-Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation supports individual and family readiness through an array of programs specifically targeted to assist the Naval Special Warfare community in maintaining a resilient, sustainable, and healthy force in this era of persistent conflict and frequent deployments. With SEALs, their ability to stay fit and focused determines the success of every mission. Part of our job is to facilitate that focus by ensuring every SEAL knows his family is, and will be taken care of. Our motto is “Taking care of THEIR family while they protect OURS.” SEAL-NSWFF programs include Family Resiliency and Services, NSW Kids, Bereavement Support, Transition Assistance, Counter Deployment, Global Outreach, Emergency Assistance and Wounded Warriors. For more information or to make a donation, visitsealfamilyfoundation.org