It’s been 16 years since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 wreaked havoc on our nation but a local attorney has found a way to help ease the pain.
On Monday, the fifth annual 9/11 Memorial Golf Outing will be held at Laytonsville Golf Course thanks in large part to the efforts of David Grover.
The event honors the memory of 9/11 victims who died when airliners hijacked by members of the terrorist group al-Qaeda were crashed into the World Trade Center complex in New York City, N.Y., the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., and a field near Shanksville, Penn.
Todd Reuben, a Churchill High School graduate, was one of the passengers aboard the hijacked plane that struck the Pentagon. He was 40 years old when he left behind a family that included his wife Vivian and twin sons Jason and Jeffrey.
Reuben’s parents Jesse and Carole and sister Stacey Weiss are also involved in this event, Grover said.
The golf outing will benefit Hope For The Warriors, a non-profit organization that provides support for service members, veterans and military families.
Local companies have supported the event by donating items for the silent auction that include gift cards, food items and tickets to sporting events.
Various sports memorabilia will also be auctioned including autographed jerseys and footballs signed by NFL players.
Besides the Laytonsville Golf Course, a number of other local golf courses have supported the event including Poolesville, Needwood and Hampshire Greens.
“I’m kind of impressed and amazed at how people in the community have come through to give,” said Grover. “I’m blown away by the support of people.”
Matt Jarvis, the Laytonsville general manager and head golf professional, has also supported the event according to Grover.
The event has attracted 60 golfers, including 17 foursomes. Laytonsville golf pro Steve Matheny is scheduled to be among the participants.
“He’s actually going to play,” said Grover. “He’s coming out.”
The event was created in 2013 and is still going strong but Grover hopes it will continue for the next eight years.
“It’s just been a great thing,” said Grover. “It’s not about me, it’s about them. I would just like to keep it going.”