MARQUETTE - The second annual Warrior Relief Fund Golf Outing is set for Saturday and will raise money to be redirected to families impacted by the death or major injury to a military member while deployment.
The Warrior Relief Fund is a local organization that started nearly two years ago in an attempt to provide a service to Marquette County military members and their families.
"I wanted to come up with something to help people out during that initial tragedy," said Liz Mathie, the organization's founder and president.
Mathie served two tours of duty in Iraq and said she sees a great deal of national support for veterans and their families. However, she said sometimes it can take time and large amounts of paperwork to receive federal aid during that type of personal tragedy.
So Mathie set out to create a smaller organization with the versatility to respond quickly and efficiently to local needs and to work one-on-one with veterans or their families.
The public has taken up the call.
"The response is perfect," she said. "On the golf outing we took 44 teams this year and we filled up really quickly."
Mathie said the fund will be used to pay for things like wheelchair ramps or meals for families in times of need and said she encourages those in need to contact the group directly.
As it stands, no one has come to the Warrior Relief Fund looking for assistance, and the group continues to reach out. Mathie said 40 percent of the money raised from the golf outing will go to Forsyth Township's American Legion Post 349, which will redirect the money to the DJ Jacobetti Home for Veterans.
"We would like to have people come to us, however we haven't anyone come to us yet," Mathie said. "But the jacobetti home always has needs, so that's an easy one for us."
This year's golf outing is set to begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. at the Red Fox Run Golf Course in K.I. Sawyer.
Though there are no open spots remaining in the 2012 outing, Mathie said the organization could still use a few dedicated volunteers. Anyone interested in helping out can contact Mathie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kyle Whitney can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250.