PLEA Scores a Hole-in-One at Annual Event
On a recent sunny Saturday afternoon, 300 PLEA members teed off at the annual Fallen Officer Memorial Golf Classic at Wigwam Resort & Spa in Litchfield Park. The event, which raised much-needed funds for PLEA Charities, was a massive success and a welcome return to form after COVID-19 and election conflicts forced the tournament to be postponed last year.
The full-capacity event featured a new and exciting tee box and putting events, fun prizes and a catered lunch. Rudy Peru and his three sons once again brought their A-games by winning the tournament for the second straight time. “We put the ball closer to the pin more frequently and had no bogeys,” Peru says. “It always makes it nice and easy having most shots close to the hole and good putts.”
The team’s strong day on the course was highlighted by “scoring an eagle on a par-4,” says Peru, whose first shot that hole landed just seven feet from the cup.
While the victory was certainly sweet, the best part for Peru was spending time with his sons and contributing to a great cause. “I have attended this tournament every year since I can remember, and I really enjoy the time I get to spend with my three boys — time spent with my sons is most important,” Peru says. “The event also brings people together and builds camaraderie. It is a great event that not only honors fallen officers but brings in money for PLEA Charities.”
PLEA Charities is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that strives to promote the positive image of law enforcement, assist officers and their families in need and contribute to community members and causes. In a time when law enforcement has increasingly been under attack, Peru says being able to give back shows PLEA’s commitment to working toward positive change and building relationships with the community.
“I feel that law enforcement is not being shown in the best light at this time,” he explains. “This event is a good way to show the positive influence police have on the community, and anything we can do to build relationships is awesome. Thank you to the vendors and sponsors for showing support. Everyone who attends the golf tournament always has a good time.”
PLEA would like to thank all the sponsors, golfers and volunteers for holding strong throughout this difficult last year and making this year’s tournament one to remember. We can’t wait to see everyone next year!