PLAYERS for the Brave
THE PLAYERS Championship continued its long-standing support for military families by joining with Birdies for the Brave to host an Operation Shower group baby shower; 35 local military moms-to-be whose spouses are deployed military members were the recipients. The event took place on Sunday, May 7, in the Birdies for the Brave Patriots’ Outpost; it was inside a military-exclusive hospitality chalet at TPC Sawgrass. We’re so thankful for the support, as this was the 50th shower hosted by Operation Shower in collaboration with the PGA TOUR!
The shower was sponsored by THE PLAYERS, with support from the Jim and Tabitha Furyk Foundation, Chicco and TPC Sawgrass. The “Showered With Love”-themed event was hosted by PGA TOUR player Jim Furyk and his wife, Tabitha. Festivities included lunch, prize giveaways and, most importantly, an opportunity for the moms to share camaraderie. They were able to gain support from other military women in a situation similar to their own. The highlight of the event was the presentation of Operation Shower’s signature “Shower In A Box.” Each mom received a box containing an array of unique, high-quality products and gift items for mothers and babies; these essential items were generously donated by companies including Chicco and Ellie Sparkles.
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“For military women who are expecting a baby and whose spouses are deployed or soon to be deployed, the impending arrival of a child can be both exciting and stressful,” said Operation Shower Founder and Chief Shower Officer LeAnn Morrissey. “Operation Shower was created specifically to honor these courageous military moms, for all they do at home, that enables their spouses to proudly serve our country. We want them to know how much they are loved and appreciated. We want to provide them with an opportunity to celebrate this special milestone together.”
Special guests at the shower included U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Sean Pybus (Retired) and his wife, Patty; U.S. Navy Captain Sean Haley and his wife, Annamarie; and Kayla Williams, director of the Center for Women Veterans at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.