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Freedom Ride, which has raised more than $ 211,000 over the past decade for the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center in Altoona, is set to hold its first golf fundraiser.

The golf event, tabbed “Fore the Vets” will take place at Sinking Valley Country Club on Friday, May 27 and will be a scramble format that begins at 9 am

It doesn’t replace the original Freedom Ride, a cycling fundraiser through Tyrone. It was designed to give an option to people uncomfortable with riding a bike that would still like to contribute to the area Veterans.

“We still ride free on the Fourth of July,” Freedom Ride co-founder Eric Sloss said. “That remains unchanged. We’re committed to hold the event for the community that has shown us amazing support throughout the years. Everybody does not ride a bike; as Freedom Ride continues to grow, we feel it’s time to expand our brand into new areas. We look forward to spreading the same message to a new audience. ”

Teams can register for the golf event for $ 400 or individuals can play for $ 100. The event will feature more than $ 1,000 in skill prizes, giveaways, hole-in-one contests and a premium raffle selection. Each golfer will receive a complimentary bag of Freedom Ride golf items donated by the sponsor of the event. Door prizes at the conclusion of the outing ensures each golfer goes home a Winner.

“Freedom Ride is who we are; we believe in it, and we believe in them (Veterans), ” Freedom Ride originator Doug Roseberry said. “Veterans deserve recognition every day, and we’re proud to support them any time we can. This event is another opportunity to boost morale and pump positive energy into our community, while reaching our 2022 fundraising goal. It’ll be another beautiful day in Central Pennsylvania and we can’t wait to ‘rip it’ for the vets. “

Breakfast and lunch will be provided to golfers. Sponsorships are available at different levels until April 15.

More information can be found at, and players or sponsors interested in the event should email

“It started out as a goofy thing we were doing to have fun, and we realized we should do something good with it,” Sloss said. “To see the impact that it has had at the VA and see the long-term care Residents benefit, we want to do everything we can. In the way we’re doing it, we’re directly impacting local vets. We don’t want to ship the money to a big-time Charity. We want to keep it around here. We’re raising money through local people, so we want as many local people to benefit from it as possible. It means a lot to be able to see what we have done with the VA and the community there. ”

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