Swinging for our Vets

Geoff Rakoski tees off during Swinging for Our Vets at the Corey Creek golf club in Mansfield.

Swinging for Our Vets is a golf tournament at the Corey Creek Golf Course in Mansfield, and was started by Brad Robinson, the owner of Wolverine Enteprise, oil, gas and transportation company, to help earn money for feeding veterans by donating money to the Military Food Bank of Tioga and Bradford County. Their goal going into the event was to raise $25,000 total in donations and match that total with funds from Wolverine as well.

This year they went even bigger with a new venture and also decided to donate five $5,000 scholarships to graduates from surrounding schools pursuing trade schools.

Having so much success this past year, Robinson decided to try again and use it as a platform to honor veterans and help raise money for them and also to help local students who are interested in learning trades professionally and helping with the financial burden of trade school. “We were able to feed 250 veterans and their families for a full year” Robinson said about last year’s totals. He also went on talk about the importance of the future generation being more involved in trades. “What better way is there to help ease the financial burden for the kids going on to a trade school?” Robinson said.”We’re trying to give back to the local community, we’re here today because of our veterans, and the freedom they provided for us.”

Even on a cold and rainy Sunday morning in Mansfield, the turnout was incredible, with 36 teams coming out to support the event. The 36 teams consisted of more than 140 golfers.

The event Swinging for our Vets is expected to continue as an annual event after putting together two years of big turnouts and donations in their first years of putting it together.