WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- The first ever Dick Dudley Memorial fundraiser for the American Legion in Wausau was a big success. The lead organizer was Dan Maas, who operates Bunkers Restaurant and the Tribute Golf Course, which is the former Legion Golf Course.
The late businessman and philanthropist Dudley invested in the property to preserve both the course and a place for the veteran’s organization to meet and socialize.
Maas says the good weather and the generous people of the area made the event successful and meaningful. “It was a great presentation for those that were here, to see the flag raising in memory of Dick Dudley, and to do a twenty-one gun salute was fantastic, and people just had a good time on the course.”
The original fundraising target for the event was to raise $10,000, which would benefit the Montgomery/Plant American Legion Post. Maas says they haven’t totalled everything yet, but he’s confident they exceeded that goal.
Maas is also certain they will do it again next year. He says they will evaluate what happened in this inaugural event so they can make it even better. “We have to regroup here here a little bit and take it all in. It was just a great day, and being the first time we’ve done this event, it’s difficult to grasp everything that we did, but we’ll pull that all together, meet as a staff and team, and figure out how we can improve.”
Seventy-two golfers and several other people took part in the golfing, raffles, auctions, and dinner to benefit the 12-hundred member Legion post.