‘Tee It Up for the Troops’ fundraiser in Carmel Valley marks 10th year assisting military

“Tee It Up for the Troops,” the fourth annual appreciation golf tournament and charity fundraiser, will take place at the Santaluz Club in Carmel Valley on Aug. 31.

“Tee It Up” was founded a decade ago when the family of a soldier serving in Iraq asked him what he needed. His response was “Forget about me; do something for the soldiers and their families back home.” The organization was then established to honor that selfless request.

Since those humble beginnings, the 501(c)3 charity has hosted more than 300 fundraising events at more than 60 golf clubs in 30 states. Locally, more than $230,000 has been raised to help with the care and rehabilitation of wounded veterans. Nationally, donations exceed more than $1 million annually.

“Tee It Up” founder Phil Galchutt said the goal is a simple one. “I became involved because I wanted to help those who have given so much and asked for nothing in return. Many veterans have suffered horrendous injuries, those seen and unseen. They need the help of others to find their road to recovery and return to an improved quality of life. I’m proud that our donations go directly to organizations that truly make a difference.”

The organization has become a fundraising engine for several local and national non-profit partners including Fisher House Foundation, Hope for the Warriors, and Disabled Sports USA, allowing them to focus on what they do best: helping wounded veterans and their families heal, transition, grow and thrive. Operation Biggs, America Cares, Tender Loving Canines, Operation Amped and Standing Tall also depend on their support.

Since its inception, the charity has assisted more than 22,000 military families, saving more than $35 million in lodging costs alone. It has also helped more than 4,000 veterans restore their sense of self, family and hope. And it has served more than 1,500 of the most severely wounded with year-round programs in more than 30 different sports.

“Tee It Up for the Troops” also reunited more than 50 wounded veterans, who were separated because of battlefield injuries, changes in rehabilitation or other reasons beyond their control.

The event includes a silent and live auction, a hole-in-one giveaway and a tantalizing menu. Find online registration and event information at