Golf tournament raises funds to help injured NH Marines

NASHUA – Building Dreams for Marines, a nonprofit organization aimed at helping New Hampshire Marines who have a physically limiting condition with life-enhancing modifications to their homes, recently raised $35,000 at its annual golf tournament at Amherst Country Club.

"The golf tournament is one of the BDFM’s main fundraising events," said Dave Wall, BDFM board member and golf committee co-chairman. "All proceeds of the event go directly toward future home renovation projects. We stretch every dollar raised so we can help as many New Hampshire Marines that ask for assistance."

More than 150 golfers participated in the fourth annual event. In addition to lunch, golfers and guests were presented with a ceremonial color guard provided by Marines from the inspector-instructor staff at Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 25th Marines stationed in Londonderry.

Guest speakers included Lt. Col. Allen C. Laughlin II, who spoke about what it means to be a Marine and how a Marine is never really retired. He applauded BDFM efforts and thanked the volunteers for rallying around New Hampshire’s Marines.

Laughlin served two tours in Iraq and is assigned to Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command Headquarters G-7, where he mentors and evaluates Marine special operations teams prior to deploying.

Since the organization’s inception four years ago, BDFM has completed projects for nine New Hampshire Marines.

"We are currently working on our 10th project," said Brian Hooper, BDFM co-founder and president. "We are very thankful for the support we have received from many businesses and generous individuals. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without their support."

Projects range from handicap-accessible bathrooms to handicap-accessible entryways and decks to handicap-accessible kitchens.

BDFM encourages anyone who knows of New Hampshire Marines who are in need to apply at www.bdfm.org.

"One of our biggest challenges is getting Marines to apply," Hooper said. "They have the mentality that they are supposed to help others and not the other way around. … Oftentimes, we get contacted by the Marine’s family seeking assistance, but all applications need to be submitted by the Marine him or herself. We are here to help."