Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of the evening's guest, more than $1 million was raised during the 2018 Golf Tournament and Dinner-Gala benefiting the Navy SEALs and their families through the SOF (Special Operations Forces) Support Foundation, at the Del Mar Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe.
The event continued into the evening with a cocktail reception, dinner, and silent and live auction inside a packed clubhouse at the Del Mar Country Club. Keynote speaker, Dr. Dilip Joseph , took the stage to talk about his book, Kidnapped by the Taliban: A Story of Terror, Hope and Rescue by SEAL Team Six , in which he described the harrowing ordeal and his rescue by one of the most elite special operations forces in the world.
After paying homage to the Navy SEALs, the evening concluded with a fun and energetic live auction that generated some of the largest bids in the event’s history. In addition to a trip to Italy to see legendary singer and songwriter Andrea Bocelli perform live, a private tennis lesson in Las Vegas
with former major champions and husband-and-wife duo Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf , and a private round of golf with PGA champion golfer John Daly at the Del Mar Country Club, a private dinner with World War II veteran Joe Reilly of the 501 st , 101 st Airborne Division, along with NFL greats Drew Brees and Donnie Edwards , who were all in attendance, netted a hefty $100,000 bid. And two Labrador Retriever puppies, courtesy of Trident Manor Kennels, netted a record $200,000 bid to cap off the evening and take the event over the $1 million mark.
Our Mission is to help ensure American Special Operations Forces and their Families receive the support they need to effectively carry out their operations, keep their families intact, and lead a healthy and productive life after they have left our nation's service.
Special Operations require unique modes of employment, tactics, techniques, and equipment. They are often conducted in hostile, denied, or politically and/or diplomatically sensitive environments. As a result, SOF's needs both on and off the battlefield are often unique.
SOF Supports goal is to give those needs visibility, promote a better public understanding of SOF's role, and to forcefully assist and advocate for SOF personnel and their families.
The day began in patriotic fashion with a performance from the Navy Band Southwest, and an aerial skydiving display, courtesy of Skydiving Innovations. Afterward, the golfers hit the links for a five-man, 18-hole scramble on the DMCC’s championship course.
To all those who joined us for this extraordinary evening,
our heartfelt thanks for your continued support. Together we are going
to make great things happen for the Navy SEALs and their families.