On Sunday, September 15th 2019, an additional check was presented to Patriots Honor Staff to assist two combat injured veterans, Retired Marine Staff Sergeant Mark Zambon and Retired Army Specialist Geoffrey Quevedo.
This year the Lake Wildwood Community along with Patriots Honor Organization hosted the 6th Annual Injured Veterans Golf Tournament on Wednesday, 24 July 2019 held at the beautiful Lake Wildwood Golf Course, Penn Valley, California. Each event we showcase one of our nations hero’s and is honored during the event as our Patriots Honor Star Recipient. This years Lake Wildwood Star Recipient is Retired Marine Staff Sergeant Mark Zambon. After 2 deployments to Iraq in 2004/2005 as a Logistics Marine, he reported to the 1st Explosive Ordinance Company disposing over 200 bombs during his deployments. Earning 2 Purple Hearts, SSgt. Zambon was injured in two separate explosions losing finger joints and both his legs above the knee. SSgt. Zambon was the first bilateral amputee to remain in the Marines and instruct at the Naval School Explosive Ordinance Disposal.
Our goal for this year’s tournament was to generate enough donations to provide Mark a scholarship to finish his Doctorate degree in Psychology at Santa Barbara Pacifica University. This scholarship will be presented to Mark at this year’s Lincoln Hills Injured Veteran Golf Tournament on October 25th 2019.
Since Patriots Honor received additional proceeds, this will assist yet another combat injured veteran at the Lincoln Hills Patriots Honor Tournament on October 25th 2019.
On November 30th, 2011 was the day that would change this year’s Patriots Honor Lincoln Star Recipient, Retired Army Specialist Geoffrey Quevedo’s life forever. During Geoffrey’s first deployment he and his fellow soldier served as EOD Mine Sweepers. He and his partner were clearing a compound in an alley when an I.E.D exploded after his partner tried to uncover it. His partner lost both his legs above and below the knee and remained conscious throughout the experience. The blast hit part of our recipients face and body and immediately lost consciousness. As a result he lost his left arm and leg, broke his jaw and nose in numerous places and lost four front teeth with the bone and gum tissue. He has a permanent blind spot on his left eye and continues to have multiple shrapnel damage throughout his body.
In addition the Lake Wildwood Injured Veteran Golf Tournament also graciously donated brand new Patriots Honor themed Sierra E-Bikes at this years Lake Wildwood event. Mr. Dion Reif and the Sierra E-Bike family were in attendance during the event banquet and surprised us all with even a greater gift. He personally donated a brand new Patriots Honor E-Bike to all four combat injured veterans attending the awards banquet. Two of the E-Bikes were presented at his shop in Penn Valley to Retired Marine Corporal Joshua Hotaling and Retired Army Staff Sergeant Alex Jauregui just months ago. During this years banquet Dion and the Sierra E-Bikes family presented the other two E-Bikes to Retired Army Sergeant First Class Jake Keesler and Retired Army Specialist Geoffrey Quevedo.
On behalf of Patriots Honor we cannot thank the Lake Wildwood Injured Golf Tournament, community and Mr. Dion Reif enough for their generosity and the wonderful gifts they provided to our combat injured veterans.