Published on June 17, 2015

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Golf Enthusiasts from Around the Region Join in Preservation Effort

For immediate release – April 6, 2015

Contact: SVBF: Janice Hannah, Director of Development – 540.740.4545(o)/540.325.2564 (c)

New Market, Va. – The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation (SVBF) hosted its First Annual Preservation Invitational Tournament at the Shenvalee Resort in New Market on Saturday, April 4, 2015.  The fundraiser for battlefield preservation in the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District brought golfers from around the region.  The Tournament fielded eleven teams of four, with all entry fees going towards the Foundation’s preservation efforts. Tournament Director, Eddie Litten summed up the day stating “We really appreciated the participation in the event and I believe the Battlefields Foundation did a great job in hosting it.”

The Championship Flight winners were Bob Moyers, Steve Demasters, Mikey Moyers and Joey Morris.  The First Flight winning team included Fred Hannah, Rick Brown, Mark Rinker and Nick Nesaw.  Both teams contributed a portion of their winnings back to the SVBF’s preservation efforts.  Seeking to reach out to a new audience, SVBF CEO Keven Walker commented “We could not be more pleased with the results of our first Preservation Invitational. Not only did everyone really enjoy the day, it opened a new and exciting way to share our mission and our passion for saving the Valley’s Civil War batttlefields.”

Much of the costs of the event were offset by the support of the local business community.  Financial sponsors included Shentel, Harrisonburg Honda, Wade Copp Transport, EN Computers, Rappahannock Electric, Rockingham Group, Rockingham Cooperative, First Bank, Shenandoah Caverns, Paladin Financial-Bell Robinson and Strutter Turf.  In addition to financial support, the SVBF also received product contributions from Staples, Rt. 11 Chips, Wholesome Foods and The Cookie Guy.

Thousands were raised in the name of preservation and many participants are already looking forward to next year’s tournament.   Though a date has yet to be set for the SVBF’s 2nd Annual Preservation Invitational, CEO Keven Walker is positive the Foundation will continue to host the event. “I think we saw through all of the turnout and support we received this year, this will only gain momentum moving forward.  I know I can’t wait to play in next year’s Invitational.”