Golf tournament honors fallen Seaford Marine

BRIDGEVILLE — Cpl. Cory L. Palmer died May 6, 2006, from injuries sustained while serving with the Marines in Fallujah, Iraq, after a bomb exploded beneath his armored Humvee five days earlier.

The Seaford Marine’s influence, however, lives on through the foundation named after him and which was organized by friends with whom he grew up. On May 14, the foundation will host its third annual golf tournament at Heritage Shores Golf Course in Bridgeville. Money raised will go to the Travis Manion Foundation, which helps veterans and the families of fallen soldiers.

Cpl. Palmer served with the 2nd Recon Battalion, A Company, 1st Platoon.

The foundation received its certificate of incorporation from the state of Delaware this year, according to director Kip Huffman, and is in the process of applying for tax-exempt nonprofit status from the IRS.

“Due to the infancy of our organization, we flow all proceeds raised from the tournament, donations, and various other charitable events that we organize, through to the Travis Manion Foundation,” Mr. Huffman said. “They are a wonderful organization which we have worked with for two years now.”

In addition to people participating in the golf tournament, donations are welcome.

Tournament participants can register as a single or a foursome, or purchase a tournament polo shirt. Registrations and donations can be made at www.clpmemorialgolf.com.

Anyone who donates at least $100 before Saturday will be featured on a sign which will be displayed on a tee box during the day of the tournament. Donations made after Saturday will be acknowledged on the day of the event.

Foundation directors, many of whom grew up with Cpl. Palmer, attended grade school and participated in sports with him, are Bryan Behrens, Mr. Huffman, John Maley, Jake Panek and Chris Rupp.

For more information, visit www.clpmemorialgolf.com.

The foundation also is looking to the future and possibly adding additional fundraising events, including a 5k/10k run/walk at the Delaware beaches. The directors hope to one day establish an annual college scholarship for high school students in Delaware.

To learn more about the Cory Palmer Foundation, email clpmemorialgolftournament@gmail.com.

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