Updated Jan 17, 2013 - 10:49 am
Blog: Salute To Service
This on-air and online fundraising event recognizes and provides support to these two organizations that support our everyday heroes: police, fire and military.
And we're off. Burns & Gambo live from ASU Karsten Golf Course.
Arizona Cardinals offensive linemen Daryn Colledge, second from left below, and Adam Snyder, third from left, came to play in the Salute To Service golf tournament. The guys were well-prepared for the occasion with their camo pants.
Masters Champion Bubba Watson called in to the show and talked about supporting Salute To Service and his donated pink driver.
Check presentation! The Davidson Family Foundation donated $35,000 to The 100 Club of Arizona.
Our first family story of the day comes from Bob and Kelli Blagen.
Bob, a firefighter, was injured on duty and had to have multiple surgeries on his ankle. He was forced to medically retire. Their son, four-year-old Brody, was suffering from a rare form of Leukemia called AML and was diagnosed as terminally ill. Kelli was the only one working and trying to care for her injured husband and ill son when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
The 100 Club provided $11,000 in Line of Duty injury support.
Jack Barz with Organ Stop Pizza gave a check for $2,760!
Beth Coleman lost her husband in the line of duty this past January. William was shot and killed on January 8, 2012 in Anthem while working.
The 100 Club provided the standard $15,000 in financial assistance.
ESPN college football analyst Mark May came to Tempe to talk to the guys about Salute To Service.
He also donated $100, the money he said his wife let him leave the house with.
Salute To Service scoreboard update. Before going in to the 2 p.m. hour the scoreboard reads $55,410.
Tempe Police Sgt. John Schaper was forced to medically retire after he was shot and severely injured in 1999. His son, Gage, is now a scholarship recipient with The 100 Club of Arizona.
The Arizona Federal Credit Union donated $10,000 to Salute To Service, supporting The 100 Club of Arizona and national non-profit Folds of Honor Foundation.
Beverly Child's son, Dept. of Defense Police Officer Bart Child, collapsed while in training at the academy. Bart's wife Isabel was provided $15,000 from The 100 Club of Arizona.
The scoreboard going into the 3 p.m hour reads $70,255.
First Sergeant Michael J. Bordelon was conducting combat operations in Mosul, Iraq when his vehicle was struck by a suicide bomber driving an automobile rigged with an improvised explosive device. He was the last to leave and suffered multiple internal injuries along with third-degree burns over much of his body. After being stabilized, he was flown to San Antonio where he died shortly thereafter. Bordelon received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, among many other awards.
His wife, Mila, was at Salute To Service to tell his story and explain what Folds of Honor has done for her.
Mila enrolled in college and is a Folds of Honor Immediate Use Scholarship recipient. Both of their children have been awarded with Folds of Honor scholarships as well to help assist with post-secondary educational expenses.
Salute To Service scoreboard reads $80,005 with about 90 minutes to go!
Phoenix Police Officer Nick Nolan was injured in the line of duty in January 2011 while working as a plain clothes officer. He was rear-ended and his service weapon lodged into his back, causing severe disc and vertebrae damage.
The 100 Club of Arizona provided $3,000 in line of duty injury assistance.
One hour to go! Almost at $100K as the Salute To Service scoreboard reads $95,475.
After a GREAT day of supporting The 100 Club of Arizona and national non-profit Folds of Honor Foundation YOU raised more than $132,170.
All the Just Sports Jersey Wall jerseys were sold. Many of you out there donated to great causes, ended up with experiences you'll never forget, and jerseys to cherish.