ORLANDO, Fla. – An official PGA TOUR Champions Challenge event, the PNC Father/Son Challenge will underscore its commitment to supporting families and the military by hosting a special K9s For Warriors presentation. Title Sponsor PNC will sponsor a service canine for the use of a veteran at the Sunday, Dec. 11 event at approximately 2 p.m. outside of the Patriot Pavilion, a military-exclusive hospitality chalet located on the 18th fairway at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando.
Founded in 2011, K9s For Warriors is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing service canines to warriors suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and/or other trauma as a result of military service post-9/11. According to the V.A., of the 2.3 million warriors who have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in defense of our country, one in six will attempt or commit suicide, an average of 22 veteran suicides every day in the U.S. K9s For Warriors’ goal is to give a new leash on life to rescue dogs by pairing them with military heroes, who participate in a three-week residential training program to learn how to work with them. Of the trained canines in the program, 95 percent of them are rescued, many from dire situations. Once trained, each canine empowers veterans to return to civilian life with dignity and independence.
“The men and women of our U.S. Armed Forces put their lives on the line every day to ensure the safety and freedom of all Americans, and we owe them and their families an enormous debt of gratitude,” said Percy Simpson, Senior Marketing Executive at PNC and U.S. Army Veteran. “We are grateful for the opportunity to work with K9s For Warriors and Birdies for the Brave to give back through this special presentation to those who have sacrificed so much.”
K9s For Warriors Founder and President Shari Duval said, “We are grateful for PNC’s support. There are 22 veterans committing suicide each day. It is our mission to end veteran suicide by helping our veterans reintegrate back into the civilian world through the use of service dogs; the funding we receive from the PNC Father/Son Challenge will help us save more lives.”
Highlighting its military activities, the tournament will provide Active duty, Retired and Reserve military members and their families with complimentary admission from Thursday, Dec. 8 through Sunday, Dec. 11. For admission, military guests are required to show a Department of Defense ID at the gate. On Saturday and Sunday, all military guests can enjoy viewing the tournament from the Patriot Pavilion, with complimentary food and non-alcoholic beverages. The Patriot Pavilion will be open from 10 a.m. to the end of play Saturday and Sunday.
For tickets and information about the PNC Father/Son Challenge, please visit www.pncfathersonchallenge.com. For more information about PNC, please visit www.pnc.com. For more information about Birdies for the Brave, please visit www.birdiesforthebrave.org. Additional information about K9s For Warriors is available at www.k9sforwarriors.org.