On April 28, The Kingwood Fallen Heroes Memorial Golf Tournament was a huge success, raising more than $80,000 for military charities. Recently, the two recipient charities, Hope For The Warriors and Blue Star Mothers, were able to accept the donations of $30,000 each. The tournament was the first of its kind in Kingwood and had 175 golfers participating with Congressman Ted Poe providing his comments during the dinner held afterward. The three fallen heroes honored were Sgt. Bill Meeuwsen, Lance Cpl. Luke Yepsen and Sgt. Brandon Bury. All three were graduates of Kingwood High School with Meeuwsen having graduated in 1999, Bury in 2002 and Yepsen in 2004. Meeuwsen was a soldier in the Army, while Yepsen and Bury volunteered for the Marine Corps. All three died in service overseas and are survived by numerous family members and friends. Sponsors included Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Alspaugh’s Ace Hardware, the Michael McShane Family, and Scana Offshore Services. Many other members of the community attended the event to honor the memories of these hometown heroes. “A huge thank-you goes out to everyone who supported our tournament,” said Scott Mitchell, tournament director. “We will forever miss Bill, Luke and Brandon, who gave their lives so we may continue to enjoy the many freedoms that come with being an American citizen.” Mitchell’s connection to one of the lost went back years. “My son Scott, and Brandon Bury were best friends growing up,” Scott Mitchell’s father, Don Mitchell said. “They went to school together, played sports together, so of course Scott was devastated when he heard the news about Brandon.” The unwavering desire to make certain his friend’s memory was never lost served as constant motivation to rectify the seemingly unjust twist of fate. Initially, Mitchell wished to raise money for a scholarship fund for Bury’s two young sons, Cole and Cade, to attend college. However, he soon realized many more could be helped. “When (Scott) was talking with Brandon’s wife, Heather, and the Bury family, they all thought it would be best to honor all three local men who had been lost,” Don Mitchell said. “They realized they could honor the memory of all three of these men by generating funds that could be used to help all surviving family members of fallen heroes.” After looking into many of the charities which serve those involved with the military, Mitchell settled on Hope For the Warriors and Blue Star Mothers being the major recipients of the proceeds from the tournament. Hope For The Warriors is a national, nonprofit organization established in 2006 to support wounded U.S. service members, their families and the families of the fallen. They offer direct financial assistance, transitional programs, scholarships and more. Blue Star Mothers was formed in 1942 by the mothers of World War II servicemen and works today to send care packages of much-needed items to active-duty servicemen. Their other projects include organizing homecomings and send-offs for military personnel, as well as attending all funerals of local servicemen killed in action. “The Kingwood community put on an event that first and foremost honored three local heroes,” said Amber Johnson, Hope For The Warriors immediate needs coordinator. “I was honored to be even a small part of this tournament.” In addition to speaking at the dinner proceeding the event, Poe also mentioned the event during prepared remarks that he entered July 25 on the floor of the House of Representatives. “Last month, I had the honor and the privilege to be among our community’s proudest at the Kingwood Fallen Heroes Memorial Golf Tournament,” Poe said. “This was the first year friends and family organized a golf tournament and they were able to raise $80,000; donating $30,000 to our local Blue Star Moms. What a way to give back to those who have sacrificed so much.” Due to the immense success of the first Fallen Heroes Memorial Golf Tournament, there are definitive plans for a second with a date set for April 27 at the Kingwood Country Club. Those interested in being sponsors, volunteers or golfers should contact Scott Mitchell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information on Hope For The Warriors, visit hopeforthewarriors.org, for Blue Star Mothers, visit bsmhoustonarea.org.

Comments (0)

There are no comments posted here yet

Leave your comments

  1. Posting comment as a guest. Sign up or login to your account.
Attachments (0 / 3)
Share Your Location