Keesler Federal sponsors Eagles Under the Oaks, benefiting Wounded Veterans
Monday, July 8, 2019
Keesler Federal Credit Union recently teed up to benefit a good cause.
The Biloxi-based credit union sponsored the 8th Annual Eagles Under the Oaks golf tournament, raising $31,842.46 for the Combat Wounded Veterans of South Mississippi.
The tournament and benefit, held at the Eagles Golf Club in Pass Christian, has become an annual event for Keesler Federal, which has sponsored it every year since inception. The credit union’s efforts have led to more than $191,000 total raised for veterans.
“One of Keesler Federal’s key principles is community involvement, or as we often say, ‘People helping people,’ ’’ said George Mitchell, Keesler Federal Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
“Keesler Federal’s roots with the military run deep as we started on an airbase, and I can’t think of a worthier cause than to be involved with Wounded Combat Veterans of South Mississippi. This is just our way of saying ‘thank you” to these veterans who served their country with dignity and honor. We want all of these brave men and women to know they are not forgotten.”
The non-profit Combat Wounded Veterans of South Mississippi helps former military members transition to civilian life through financial support, as well as counseling.
"If they ended up not being able to work because of their injuries, they had no source of income to take care of their families,” said Donna Anderson, a nurse who started the organization after seeing a need. “The processes don't work for them. It takes too long for their claims to be processed sometimes."
This year 33 teams took to the course to drive home the need to help the non-profit.
"A majority of the funds are raised by Keesler Federal Credit Union. They’re our number one fundraiser, and we’re thankful for the love they’ve shown our organization,” Anderson added.
Established in 1947, Keesler Federal Credit Union is the largest Mississippi-based credit union in the state, with assets of over $2.8 billion. With 34 branches, Keesler Federal serves over 228,000 members worldwide.