More Than 250 Broken Sound Club Members & Guests ‘Hit The Greens’ for the Fifth Annual ‘Golf Fore America’s Bravest’


BOCA RATON, FL – As thousands of U.S. servicemen and women return with catastrophic injuries from tours of duty, it is significantly more critical to drive financial support from patriotic-minded citizens like the 256 Broken Sound Club members and their guests who ‘chipped in’ to play in the Club’s Golf Fore America’s Bravest in March. For the fifth year, those who tee-ed off in the annual tournament raised much-needed funds to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and the Tunnel to Towers Foundation; the latter provides injured soldiers accommodating ‘Smart Homes’ through the Building For America’s Bravest program. In recognition for Broken Sound Club’s on-going commitment to the tournament for supporting U.S. military, Broken Sound Club was recognized for a second year as a site during tournament programming for the Tunnel to Towers mobile Never Forget Exhibit that is currently touring the U.S. This year in addition to being available for member tours, Broken Sound Club hosted several groups of City of Boca Raton’s firefighters and police officers as well as students from Saint Andrew’s School 8th grade (who were not yet born by 9/11) to take guided tours and Q&As by a NYFD officer as they walked through various displays, listened to videos and got ‘up close and personal’ glimpses of real World Trade Center debris. The fundraising tournament was founded by Broken Sound Club Resident and Club Member Sal Caragliano and his wife Wendy in 2011 to benefit the national Wounded Warrior Project with the help of fellow club member and retired Col. Ed West. After learning from Sal’s son-in-law Ben Harrow that a friend of his had lost both his legs and almost his life in Afghanistan, Sal and Wendy approached Broken Sound Club’s board with the tournament concept. Then just three months after the second tournament, Harrow, a decorated soldier himself, stepped on a live IED while on duty and was severely injured. Previously known as the “Wounded Warrior Project” tournament for the first two years, the event expanded and was renamed by Broken Sound Club in 2013 to also benefit the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Of particular note and celebration this year, the Caraglianos shared that their son-inlaw Ben Harrow’s “smart home” is currently being built in Maryland and expected to be completed this summer. This follows the February birth of their granddaughter Marchesa Rose Harrow, born against-all-odds to Sal and Wendy’s daughter Gina and Ben. As always poignant, the tournament kicked off again this year with a presentation of colors by a local fire department’s color guard in full uniform, as “America’s Tenor,” Danny Rodriguez, sang the national anthem. Known as “The Singing Policeman” for his role as one of the NYPD’s designated national anthem singers who received widespread attention with his rendition of “God Bless America”, Danny sang at memorial events and on television in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks. Boca Raton City Council Member and Broken Sound Club resident Mike Mullaugh and Boca Raton City Council Member Robert Weinroth attended the opening ceremony at The Old Course, where Mullaugh played in the tournament. City Council Member, CRA Chairman and Broken Sound Club resident Scott Singer attended the opening ceremony at the Club Course, and later joined Weinroth for a tour of the 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit. The luncheon at the conclusion of the tournament featured Broken Sound Club’s “Golf Fore America’s Bravest” Tournament Co-founder Sal Caragliano; Frank Siller, Chair of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation; wounded Veteran U.S army PFC. Corey and NYPD Operatic Tenor Danny Rodriguez. Frank Siller, chair of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, recounted his brother Steven Siller’s heroic march to the burning World Trade Center building through the Brooklyn Battery tunnel in full and heavily weighted firefighter gear. The Tunnel To Towers Foundation – created to honor Stephen Siller, a first responder firefighter hero who raced through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel in full gear and later died when the Twin Towers collapsed – launched Building for America’s Bravest. The program constructs Smart Homes for military returning home with devastating injuries. Smart Homes are custom designed, on a caseby- case basis, specially adapted to address the individual needs of our most severely injured U.S. military personnel. Building for America’s Bravest helps wounded veterans to restore their ability to live a life of independence, and is our way to show our profound gratitude for all they have sacrificed.