Sept. 11, 2001 is a day that America will never forget and in honor of what is now deemed Patriot Day, four men have come together to host the Inaugural Patriot Day Golf Jam with proceeds benefiting Deputy Dustin Paulsen at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Legends Country Club.
Paulsen, 40, was struck head-on by a drunk driver back in April and has been on a long road to recovery, but he, along with his wife Leia, will be attending the fundraiser.
“We still have a couple of surgeries coming up, we go back at the end of September. He’s still in a lot of pain, it hurts every day. I think the worst part for him is that he can’t do anything, it’s frustrating for him,” Leia said. “But his attitude has been great. I could not be more proud of him. We hope to have him walking by Christmas. I don’t know if that’s a possibility yet, but that’s his personal goal.”
Creed Cahill, with Texas Life Magazine; Brandon Summerfield, Legends Country Club; Jody Lee Caudle, Texas Home Grown Radio; and Buck Fuffalo, local musician, came up with the idea for the event, which will be a six-person, nine-hole scramble featuring a dinner and live music throughout the day.
“With Dustin’s situation, we wanted to do something else for him in addition to the fundraiser that the sheriff’s department put on,” Cahill said. “We wanted to do something fun for Dustin, get him out of the house, so that was when the idea was born.”
There is a $50 entry fee for the golf scramble, cart, a raffle ticket and dinner, and those who would like to participate can call Legends to place their name on the list.
“Our raffle items include three firearms - a pistol, shotgun and a rifle - some coolers, a signed Cody Davis football, we’ve got a lot of things we’re going to raffle,” Cahill said. “But the highlight of the day is the lineup of musicians who have donated their time to do this.”
The lineup will include Clayton Landua of Six Market Blvd., Giovannie Yanez, Buck Fuffalo and more.
“This will be a lot of fun. We wanted it to be a day of showing our respect for what happened on 9/11/2001, but also honoring someone like Deputy Dustin Paulsen who is a three-year Navy veteran and who’s dedicated his entire adult life to public service,” Cahill said. “So he is a great person for us to represent that day.”
For more information contact Cahill at 254-595-1966.
“When we need help we call 911. Well when they need help it’s kind of like a 911 call to the community,” Cahill said. “We need to come together and help them. I think it’s our duty to do that and if you’re in the position to help, help.”