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Swinging for a Cause: Supporting Veterans Through Our Charity Golf Tournament

Get ready to tee off at the Coalition’s 11th Annual Joseph P. Caggiano Memorial Golf Tournament, with registration now officially open! This year’s tournament is set for August 21 and will once again take place at the scenic Whiskey Creek Golf Club in Ijamsville, Maryland. Assemble your team of friends and colleagues and save the date for a day filled with competing for prizes, networking opportunities, and making meaningful contributions. Whether you’re an experienced golfer, a novice, or not a golfer at all, this event ensures a day of enjoyment and camaraderie for everyone who joins us.

You can register your foursome, as an individual golfer, or to enjoy the scenic views of the veranda club by clicking here.

We are honored to celebrate our dear friend Joe Caggiano through the event, as well as his unwavering dedication to supporting our nation’s veterans. Joe, a veteran himself, served eight years as an officer in the United States Navy where he completed multiple tours of duty, including on the USS Independence, at Navy Personnel Command, and as an instructor at Villanova University. To honor Joe’s legacy, proceeds from the tournament support two charitable causes dedicated to the brave men and women who have served our country.

The Coalition for Government Procurement Endowed Scholarship Fund

Since 2014, the Coalition has worked with The George Washington University (GWU) to fund and endow a scholarship supporting a veteran who is concentrating their studies in the field of U.S. procurement at the GWU Law School. We are grateful to have awarded eight accomplished veterans with this scholarship, with the first being named during the 2017 golf tournament. Thanks to the continued generosity of our members, we have raised over $140,000 for the scholarship fund over the years. The Coalition is pleased to announce that this year’s scholarship recipient is Kristin Wolford Gillooly. Kristin is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Government Procurement and Cybersecurity Law at the GWU Law School. She is a Lieutenant for the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations and has received a Joint Commendation Medal for meritorious service in Afghanistan, as well as a Navy Commendation Medal for meritorious service in response to the war in Ukraine. We are thrilled to have Kristin join us at the tournament to introduce herself and give opening remarks. 

Paws for Purple Hearts

Last year marked the inaugural time that we supported a new charity organization, Paws for Purple Hearts (PPH), through the Joseph P. Caggiano Memorial Golf Tournament. We are excited to announce that proceeds from this year’s golf tournament will once again support PPH! PPH is the first program of its kind that improves the lives of veterans and wounded service members facing mobility challenges and trauma-related conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI), through assistance dogs and its unique Canine Assisted Warrior Therapy® program. PPH was founded in 2006 as a research program at the prestigious Bergin College of Canine Studies and has since evolved into its own non-profit organization.

Through working with PPH over the past two years, we have had the opportunity to understand how service dogs play an important role in veterans’ healthcare and quality of life. We learned that since 9/11, nearly half of service members have returned home with a service-connected disability, and a large percentage of that group experiences some level of PTSD, TBI, or another mental health condition. Service dogs help these veterans by reducing the severity of their symptoms like anxiety and stress, performing tasks for those with physical limitations, and promoting social interaction and integration with others.

PPH has held over 15,000 therapy sessions and directly impacted the lives of more than 10,000 veterans and wounded service members. To celebrate the anniversary of International Assistance Dog Week, PPH recently revealed its brand-new informational video that highlights their mission and showcases their dedication to improving the lives of veterans across the country. Watch the full video here. Thanks to the outstanding generosity of our sponsors and members, we raised $11,000 for this wonderful cause in 2023. We look forward to continuing this support, and meeting some new service dogs, at the 2024 tournament!

Secure Your Sponsorship Today!

If your company is interested in supporting these worthy causes while also gaining exposure for your brand, there are many sponsorship opportunities available.

  • Title Sponsorships – $6,000/each 
  • Reception Sponsorships – $4,000/each 
  • Lunch Sponsorships – $4,000/each 
  • All-Day Beverage Cart Sponsorships – $2,500/each 
  • Hole Sponsorships with 4 Players – $1,200/each 
  • Veranda Club Sponsorships – $150/each 
  • Hole Sponsorships (no players) – $500/each 
  • Golf Foursomes – $800/each 
  • Single Golfer – $210/each 

View the full list of sponsorship opportunities here. For more information, please contact Heather Tarpley at  

Thank you to our current sponsors:

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