Letter from Dallas Haun
Sports fans may recognize Butch Harmon as a legendary coach who was named Golf Digest’s Number One Golf Instructor for 12 years running. But you may not know that Butch is also a Vietnam veteran with a long history of giving back to the military. He visits United States troops in combat zones around the world, and he created the Harmon’s Heroes Foundation to assist military personnel in many ways. At his Butch Harmon School of Golf at the Rio Secco Golf Club, he hosts several events each year for military personnel and veterans, and the Foundation also holds an annual golf tournament to raise funds to purchase homes for deserving veterans. The inaugural golf classic in 2011 raised nearly $200,000 for the cause.
This year the Harmon’s Heroes Golf Classic was held on Veterans Day weekend at the Bali Hai Golf Club in Las Vegas. Eleven wounded soldiers were flown in from Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D.C. to participate in the event. Most have experienced the loss of a limb or suffered a life-changing injury. The Foundation gives them a chance to get out of the hospital for a few days to enjoy a sports outing, including personalized lessons at the Butch Harmon School of Golf, and a chance to play on two local courses. One of the soldiers said it was the first time he had been out of the house in six months, and the event motivated him to continue living despite his injuries.
This year, I was honoured not only to participate in the tournament, but also to help Butch’s Foundation by donating a bank-owned condominium, so a disabled veteran can enjoy a place to live without having to worry about mortgage payments. Harmon’s Heroes raises funds for Operation Front Door, created by Las Vegas businessman John Manni and his wife Kathi. This program provides training for combat-wounded veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, along with providing free housing for their transition into civilian life.
It’s important to recognize the sacrifices these brave men and women have made for their country, and for each of us. It is our honor to be able to give something back that will provide some peace of mind to those who have given so much. I applaud what Butch and his team do for our veterans and appreciate the opportunity to be a small part of it.
If you want to make a year-end donation for a worthy cause and learn more about the Harmon’s Heroes Foundation, visit www.harmonsheroesfoundation.org.
President and CEO
Nevada State Bank
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