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NYC Firefighters to Donate World Trade Center Beam to Myrtle Beach Holiday
To mark the 10-year anniversary of the 9-11 tragedy, New York City firefighters will donate a ribbon beam from the fallen North Tower of the World Trade Center to Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, according to the golf marketing cooperative. The donation will be made on Wednesday, May 25 at 5:00 p.m. at Springmaid Pier in Myrtle Beach. The presentation will be part of the events surrounding the 10th Annual FDNY 9-11 Memorial Golf Outing, May 22-26, 2011.
The permanent location for the beam will be determined this summer with a dedication ceremony scheduled near the time of the 10-year anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history. The golf event will mark the first significant gathering and remembrance of the 10-year anniversary of the 9-11 tragedy in the United States.
"We are honored that the New York City area firefighters would provide such a gesture of thanks to us for the years they have held their memorial golf tournament in Myrtle Beach," said Bill Golden, president of Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday. "We will work with the city of Myrtle Beach to find an appropriate location to dedicate the beam, so we will never forget the tragic events of 9-11."
Developed by New York City firefighter, Kevin O'Brien, the FDNY 9-11 Memorial Golf Ball Tournament raises money for The Thomas Elsasser Fund, a charity backed by the United Firefighters Association (UFA) and designed to benefit families of fallen firefighters. The tournament provides an opportunity for firefighters, many who assisted in the recovery efforts at Ground Zero, to gather together in the "Golf Capital of the World" for camaraderie and to remember fallen heroes from 9-11. The tournament is an offspring of O'Brien's original event, the Alfred E. Ronaldson Spring Golf Classic, which was designed in 1992 to benefit the Ronaldson family following his death. Ronaldson was a member of Rescue 3 in the Bronx and died in 1991.
"We are very appreciative to Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday for hosting our event for the last ten years," said O'Brien. "While remembering 9-11 each year is painful and brings back memories of the horror of 9-11, it is also a time where fellow firefighters can gather, pay tribute to their fallen heroes and build a unique bond and brotherhood with people from all over the country who converge on Myrtle Beach for this annual event."
Over the years, more than 6,000 firefighters have participated in the FDNY 9-11 Memorial Golf Outing with over $300,000 raised for the Thomas Elsasser Fund.
More than 800 firefighters from 15 states and Canada are expected to participate in the FDNY 9-11 Memorial Golf Outing. The Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday member golf courses hosting rounds for this year's event include: Aberdeen Golf Club; Arrowhead Country Club; Blackmoor Golf Club; Burning Ridge Golf Club; Caledonia Golf & Fish Club; Farmstead Golf Club; Grande Dunes (Resort Course); Indian Wells Golf Club; International Club; Legends Golf Resort; Long Bay Club; Man O'War; Meadowsland Golf Club; Myrtle Beach National's SouthCreek and West Courses; Myrtlewood Golf Club; Prestwick Country Club; River's Edge; Shaftsbury Glen Golf Club; Tidewater Golf Plantation; The Pearl (East); True Blue Plantation; The Witch Golf Club; TPC Myrtle Beach; Wachesaw East Golf Club; Tradition Club; Waterway Hills; Willbrook Plantation; and World Tour Golf Links.
For more information about the 10th Annual FDNY 9-11 Memorial Golf Outing and other Myrtle Beach area golf events, visit www.GolfHoliday.com.