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Golf tournament to help vets tees off

The Veterans Honor Guard listens Saturday morning to the national anthem sung by Chase Fields, 12, an Immanuel Lutheran student, as participants and organizers of the Elks New Mexico Wounded Warriors Charity Golf Tournament prepare for tee off. The tournament at the New Mexico Military Institute Golf Course on West 19th Street has raised $500,000 over the past nine years for veterans and people in need. More than $20,000 is expected to be raised this year, said chairperson Ralph Brown. About 100 golfers participated Saturday and more than 60 companies, groups and families were sponsors, including Roswell Toyota and the New Mexico Elks Association Veterans Services. Of the money raised over the years, Brown said, $250,000 has benefited veterans groups, $190,000 has gone to the New Mexico Wounded Warriors and $65,000 has been donated to the Cancer Society. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.