Safety Components International, a subsidiary of International Textile Group, hosted its 15th anniversary Charity Golf Tournament on November 5 and 6 at Thornblade Club in Greer. This year’s event raised in excess of $25,000, which will be donated to the National Fallen Firefighter’s Foundation.
The Safety Components group produces flame-retardant fabrics used in the outer shell and liner of protective clothing worn by firefighters across the country and in several foreign countries. Following the events of 9/11, the company set up the Safety Components First Responder 911 Foundation for the purpose of raising funds to support the firefighter community and other first responders throughout the country.
The Safety Component First Responder 911 Foundation sponsors two fundraising events each year and has raised more than $800,000 over the past 15 years. These events include a concert – called Stop, Drop, Rock ‘n Roll- held as part of the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis and the annual Charity Golf Event. In addition to the National Fallen Firefighter’s Association, funds have been donated to the Wounded Warrior Project and Southeastern Firefighters Burn Center.
Players gather during the opening ceremony.
Participants in this year’s Charity Golf tournament included a number of fire chiefs and active and retired firefighters from across the country including California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Greenville (NC) Fire Chief Stephen Kovalcik was a featured speaker along with Ron Siarnicki, Executive Director of the National Fallen Firefighter’s Foundation.
The tournament follows a Texas Scramble format. This year’s winning team was from Unifi Corporation, a leading producer of multi-filament polyester and nylon textured yarns.
“We are thankful for the opportunity to give back to the men and women in our firefighter and first responder communities that sacrifice their lives each day to protect ours,” says Joey Underwood, Senior Vice President Safety Components. “We would like to thank the many supporters and companies that have been a part of our fundraising efforts over the last 15 years. We look forward to continuing our support and partnerships.”
Safety Components would like to thank all sponsors, players, volunteers, and other supporters for their contributions to the 2016 Golf Tournament.
Bagpipes are played at the opening ceremony of the tournament.