Corte Bella golf event to benefit veterans

By Don Kurtenbach
Special to Independent Newsmedia

The Corte Bella Vets officials revealed a major sponsor for the club’s annual golf tournament to be conducted Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Corte Bella Golf Course, 22129 N. Mission Drive, Sun City West.

Tony D’Andrea and Tom Poole, owners of the Midas automotive service centers on 59th Avenue and Bell Road in Glendale and on 99th and Grand avenues in Sun City, agreed to support the golf tournament by becoming a major sponsor, according to Larry Leighton, Corte Bella Vets president.

“This is a really great response to our tournament by a trusted business neighbor,” said Mr. Leighton. “It is sponsorships like these that will help our tournament raise money to relieve veteran homelessness in our communities.”

This year’s tournament proceeds will support four valley nonprofits address veteran homelessness. They include Catholic Charities’ MANA (Marines, Army, Navy, Airforce) House, 2422 W. Holly St., Phoenix; Veteran’s First LTD’s Mary Ellen’s Place, 224 E. Hatcher Road, Phoenix; and Project Veterans Pride’s James Walton Home, 4106 N. 22nd St., Phoenix.

While males comprise the highest number of homeless veterans, females make up about 8 percent. Forty percent are African American or Hispanic and 50 percent are between the ages of 18 and 50. About one-third of homeless veterans were stationed in a war zone at some time. Returning veterans are twice as likely to become chronically homeless as other Americans, according to Veterans Inc. Women veterans are four times as likely to become homeless as male veterans. Veteran homelessness affects vets for nearly six years on average, compared to four years on average among non-veterans, according to Green Doors.

“No veteran should be homeless in our country and that is why the Corte Bella Vets are joining with other nonprofits to do something about veteran homelessness,” said Mr. Leighton.

There is still time to become a sponsor or a player in the tournament. Visit, call 301-524-0847 or email

Editor’s Note: Mr. Kurtenbach provides publicity for the Corte Bella Vets.

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