BETHESDA, Md. -- Fans attending the 2012 AT&T National at Congressional Country Club will see a special tribute to the United States military near the 18th green. The We Salute Our Heroes tribute wall will give fans the opportunity to write a personal message of thanks and support for the brave men and women serving in the military.
PenFed (Pentagon Federal Credit Union) -- one of the nation's largest credit unions -- Prudential PenFed Realty and the PenFed Foundation have signed a multi-year partnership with the AT&T National to serve as the presenting sponsors of the We Salute Our Heroes tribute wall, ensuring the wildly-popular tribute will continue to be a part of the tournament's military activities. Sharpie® generously donated thousands of markers, courtesy of Newell Rubbermaid, to be used at the tournament.
"The PenFed family is honored to sponsor the AT&T National's We Salute Our Heroes tribute wall celebrating our nation's military veterans," said Frank Pollack, PenFed president and CEO. "We cannot repay the brave men and women that selflessly give of themselves in defense of this great nation, but we can certainly honor them and their families for their tremendous sacrifices."
Last year, thousands excitedly participated in this unique tribute, including fans, caddies, volunteers and players such as Tiger Woods, K.J. Choi, Justin Leonard, Rickie Fowler and 2011 champion Nick Watney. Due to an overwhelming response, the tournament was able to fill 768 square feet of canvas with signatures and personal messages of thanks. After the tournament concluded, sections of the tribute wall were displayed at the following military locations for soldiers to enjoy: USO of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey; USO of Metropolitan Washington; USO of Pennsylvania and the Warrior Transition Brigade, Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
"At the AT&T National, we are proud to continue the tradition of honoring the military, and we are grateful for supporters like PenFed that help further this mission," tournament director Greg McLaughlin said. "The D.C. community has always been very supportive of our military effort, and I know fans will come out and show their support again this year."
In addition to honoring the military, the AT&T National also raises funds and awareness for local area charities and the college-access programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation.
About PenFed (Pentagon Federal Credit Union): Established in 1935, PenFed is one of the largest credit unions in the United States with more than a million members and more than $15 billion in assets. PenFed provides an extensive selection of financial products, including mortgages, automobile loans, credit cards, checking/savings accounts and other personal loans to its members worldwide. Its core membership includes the Department of Defense, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security personnel, employees or volunteers of the American Red Cross, numerous military associations and many others. PenFed is federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration and is an equal housing lender.
For more information about PenFed, visit PenFed.org or call 800-247-5626.
About the Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation (PenFed Foundation): The PenFed Foundation is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization working to meet the unmet needs of military personnel and their families by providing financial management assistance, home ownership aid and assistance to wounded soldiers. The foundation is also the primary sponsor of the new $11 million Defenders Lodge supported by donated land from the government and financed entirely through private donations. PenFed (Pentagon Federal Credit Union) covers all operating expenses of the foundation, so every dollar donated goes directly to supporting its programs. For more information about the foundation, visit PentagonFoundation.org.
About Prudential PenFed Realty: Prudential PenFed Realty was established in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area in 2006 as a full-service real estate brokerage firm that has grown to more than 1,000 real estate professionals and 40 locations, including offices in North Carolina and Texas. Prudential PenFed Realty is revolutionizing real estate by offering comprehensive real estate services and is affiliated with many of the most talented real estate sales professionals in the industry. Whether you're buying or selling a home, if you're looking to make a hassle-free move, visit PenFedRealty.com or call 800-556-8077.
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About The Tiger Woods Foundation: At the Tiger Woods Foundation, we believe every child deserves a shot at college. Designed to break through a culture of low expectations, our college-access programs reach underserved youth in all stages of academic life. For scholars in grades 5-12, the Tiger Woods Learning Centers provide hands-on experiences in science, technology, engineering and math coupled with college preparation workshops to create a unique environment focused on college and careers. The Earl Woods Scholarship Program is an unparalleled network providing admissions counseling, college scholarships, dedicated mentors, specialized internships and vital workshops. Receiving individualized support, our bright young scholars are succeeding at prestigious universities such as Georgetown, USC, UC Berkeley, UCLA and Harvard. For more information on our programs, please visit TigerWoodsFoundation.org.