FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11, 2018
Contact: Marshanna Hester
Jackson County Executive raises money for Veterans Community Project during annual golf tournament
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. is pleased to host his 3rd Annual Frank White, Jr. Invitational Golf Tournament on Friday, September 14 in support of a local organization doing extraordinary work to improve the quality of life for veterans.
More than 30 teams, which include local celebrities, will hit the links for a day of fun and charity at the Fred Arbanas Golf Course in Jackson County. The proceeds raised from this year’s tournament will benefit the Veterans Community Project.
The tournament is not open to the public. However, media are invited to hear opening remarks immediately before the tournament’s shotgun start. Please RSVP your attendance to the contact listed above by Thursday, September 13 at 5 p.m.
What: 3rd Annual Frank White, Jr. Invitational Golf Tournament
When: Friday, September 14; Shotgun Start at 9 a.m.
Where: Fred Arbanas Golf Course
11000 View High Drive, Kansas City, MO 64134
Who: Frank White, Jr. – Jackson County Executive
Bryan Meyer – Co-Founder of Veterans Community Project
Bob McMillin – Superintendent of Golf Course/Marinas
Why: Fundraiser for Veterans Community Project
The mission of Veterans Community Project (VCP) is to build a Veterans Village, a specialized community of tiny homes and on-site services to provide housing stability and address the underlying cause of veteran homelessness. This combination of housing stability and on-site services will lead to more successful permanent housing outcomes.
"We are so grateful for the continued support of our community in making Veterans Village a reality,” said Brandonn Mixon, VCP Co-Founder. “Veterans Community Project is a privately funded organization and we rely on fundraising events like the Frank White Invitational to help us do the work that we do to help our brothers and sisters in need.”
A total of 49 tiny homes, built in three phases, will make up the Veterans Village at 89th and Troost Avenue. Veterans Community Project completed phase one in January, providing housing to 13 veterans. Since then, eight veterans have transitioned into permanent housing. Phase two is now underway.
“These homes are giving hope to those who have given so much to us. This is the least we can do to show we have not forgotten their sacrifice,” said Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. “I really saw the impact of Veterans Community Project last year when we presented a check for $9,000 after the golf tournament. This year, we want to make an even bigger impact so our goal is to raise enough money to build one tiny home, which is about $15,000.”
White started the golf tournament as a way to combine one of his favorite hobbies with his passion for giving back to the community.
Jackson County is honored to provide funding for numerous agencies throughout the year. In an effort to maximize community impact, the goal of the tournament is to support local charities the County isn’t able to service through the legislative process.
“The Veterans Community Project is an amazing organization that we’ve had a friendship with over the last couple of years,” said Tony Miller, 3rd District At-Large Jackson County Legislator. “I am glad that the County is able to donate to such a great cause and I know the money will go to good use in helping our country’s veterans.”
The golf tournament, which includes silent and live auctions, raised $18,000 last year, making it possible to donate $9,000 each to Veterans Community Project and Sleepyhead Beds.