The tough economy is taking its toll on an event designed to help military charities in Eastern Carolina.
The Marine Corps Celebrity Classic slated for June 2009 in Jacksonville has been cancelled.
The event raised money for military charities through a celebrity golf tournament and also included family events, like a troop salute dinner and fireworks. WITN has been one of the sponsors of the event.
Several charities benefited from the event, like the Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project. The website says this project is "a non-profit organization aimed at assisting those men and women of the United States armed forces who have been severely injured during the war on terrorism in Iraq, Afghanistan and other hot spots around the world. Beginning at the bedside of the severely wounded, WWP provides programs and services designated to ease the burdens of these heroes and their families, aid in the recovery process and smooth the transition back to civilian life."
The celebrity classic also raised money for the USO, which supports military personnel and their families, and the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, which provides scholarship to military children.
Below is the announcement about the cancellation from the event website.
It is with great regret that we announce the suspension of the Marine Corps Celebrity Classic for June of 2009. Unfortunately, with the decline of the national economy came a decline in corporate sponsorship for many celebrity golf events, including the MCCC. We thank the many supporters and volunteers who have worked to make this event a success over the past five years, and have contributed so generously to our military charities. We will keep an eye to the future in hopes that the economic base of our event will return to it's former strength. God bless all of you who support our military!