Del Mar Country Club Golf Tournament and Gala Dinner Raises Over $1.5 Million for SOF Support


The recent Del Mar Country Club Golf Tournament and Gala Dinner, which also included a live and silent auction, was another smash hit, raising more than $1.5 million for the SOF (Special Operations Forces) Support Foundation, according to a press release. That total included more than $200,000 which was raised when world champion boxer Canelo Alvarez, an avid golfer and member of the Del Mar Country Club and ardent supporter of SOF Support, donated eight tickets to ringside for his next title fight in Las Vegas.

The Oct. 1 affair featured a star-studded cast that included Alvarez, Grammy-winning and Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Darius Rucker, guest of honor and former U.S. Undersecretary of Defense Michéle Flournoy, Retired U.S. Marine Corps , Critical Skills Operator (Marine Raider) and star speaker Michael W. MacKay, and retired Navy SEAL and Vice Admiral Bob Harward, who served on the Bush administration’s National Security Council and commanded the National Counter Terrorism Center.

MacKay told guests in attendance how much support from organizations like the SOF Support Foundation means to members of the special operations community stationed around the world and their families. He highlighted the Foundation’s mental health and transition programs that have helped him and his fellow special operators reacclimate after their deployments to some of the most dangerous corners of the world. And Harvard spoke about the long history of United States Special Operations Forces and the special role special operators play in ensuring that the American homeland remains free of war and a safe haven for American citizens to live in, work and raise their families.

“What a great day it was,” said Dominique Plewes, president of SOF support. “It was an honor to be surrounded by members of the Marine Raiders, 75th Ranger Regiment, AFSOC, Green Berets, Civil Affairs, Naval Special Warfare and Special Mission Units, and we were fortunate to have Michael (MacKay) and Bob (Harward) join us. They reinforced the essential role that special operators play in national security and they demonstrated their gratitude to our guests, whose generosity for SOF support enables these special operators to lead healthy and productive lives both at home and abroad.

In addition to the $200,000+ that was raised by Alvarez’s tickets, another $55,000 was bid at the live auction for a Las Vegas getaway that included a two-bedroom suite at the MGM Grand. as well as a round of golf and a private dinner with Rucker. during which he promised to perform a 30-minute musical set. A whopping $50,000 has been pledged for a spectacular golf outing with Super Bowl champion and former Good Morning America host Michael Strahan at Grove XXIII, Michael Jordan’s private golf club in Jupiter, Florida. And a VIP weekend in Arizona that included tickets to the Waste Management Open and Super Bowl LVII brought in an additional $40,000 for SOF support. These and other items provided the lion’s share of the $1.5 million that was raised at the event for the Foundation.

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