On Top of the World Teams Up with SOF Missions to Present Second Annual Operation Helping Heroes Charity Golf Tournament

Ocala, FL – On Top of the World, Ocala’s premier active-adult community has once again joined forces with SOF Missions to present the second annual Operation Helping Heroes, a charity golf tournament to be held at Candler Hills Golf Club, a par-72 championship golf course in Ocala, Florida on Saturday, October 24th, 2020.  The fundraiser, hosted by On Top of the World, supports SOF (Shield of Faith) Missions, a not-for-profit organization whose objective is creating awareness for the problems facing our nation’s military veterans.  The goal for Operation Helping Heroes is to provide financial support for SOF Missions “Resiliency Project”, a holistic, 4-component program that exists to combat post-traumatic stress and put warriors on a path to wellness.  The tournament will start with catered buffet breakfast and a tee-off speech by SOF Missions President and decorated combat veteran Dr. Damon Friedman. There will be a luncheon and awards presentation after the golf tournament.

Dr. Damon Friedman, soon to be retired Lt Col, who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, founded SOF Missions in 2011, is dedicated to helping veterans battle Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD).  Dr. Friedman knows first-hand the struggles facing combat veterans returning home and is fully engaged in making a difference by sharing his inspiring and powerful life story with the world as both a public speaker and special guest at veteran’s events.

The first annual Operation Helping Heroes, held on Veterans Day 2019, was a huge success.  Thanks to our generous 2019 sponsors First Federal Bank, Mike Scott Plumbing, EarthScapes Unlimited, D&B Interiors and 97.3 WSKY, plus the participation and patronage of local residents, over $92,000 was raised for veterans suffering from the effects of war.

Sponsors will find this event to be an incredible opportunity to gain exposure for their business while raising funds to support our nation’s heroes.  Marion County has one of the largest veteran populations in the country, with over 36,000 retired and active veterans calling this area home, so attendance for the event is sure to be high. Now is the time to get involved by becoming a sponsor or signing up to play a round of golf, starting at $150 for individual participation.  Contributions and sponsorship opportunities start at just $500. Our sponsors will enjoy a free dinner on Friday, October 23rd, 2020 with Dr. Friedman and the SOF Missions team.

“We are thrilled to be a part of Operation Helping Heroes again in 2020” states Linda Massarella, Vice President of Marketing and Technology Communications at On Top of the World Communities. “SOF Missions continues to make a difference in the lives of our nation’s heroes and we are looking forward to hosting their 2nd annual charity tournament at our community”.

Operation Helping Heroes is a prime advertising opportunity. To learn more, play in the tournament or become a sponsor, visit OperationHelpingHeroes.org. All proceeds raised from the golf tournament will go to SOF Missions to empower warriors to find purpose.

On Top of the World in Ocala, Florida is consistently voted one of Where to Retire’s 50 best master-planned communities in the U.S. for active adults 55 years of age and older.

Media Contact: Linda Massarella, Vice President of Marketing and Technology Communications, Linda_Massarella@otowfl.com