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Salvation Army funds memorial scholarships with golf tournament
Salvation Army funds memorial scholarships with golf tournament

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Salvation Army of Central Arkansas will host a press conference at 10 AM, Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at the Burns Park Golf Course in North Little Rock.

The Salvation Army of Central Arkansas is hosting their first Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament at the Burns Park Golf Course on June 27. This event will benefit college scholarships given in the memory of Majors Philip Wise and Richard Brittle. The event includes lunch provided by Golden Corral, door prizes, and participation gifts. To register your team or to become a sponsor, visit www.SalvationArmyCentralArkansas.org.

The Philip Wise and Richard Brittle Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Major Philip Wise and Major Richard Brittle who were Salvation Army officers from Central Arkansas.

Major Philip Wise was tragically taken from us on Christmas Eve 2009 in North Little Rock, Arkansas as he was wrapping up Christmas kettles for the year. Major Wise had a desire to help young people with an interest in music develop their skills for the purpose of evangelism and worship of God.

Major Richard Brittle was the Area Commander for New Orleans, LA when Hurricane Katrina paralyzed that city. He and his wife cared for the men, women, and children in their shelter for several days as they awaited their rescue from the flooded region. During this time Major Brittle was attacked by a microscopic parasite that would eventually become cancerous and take his life two years later while he was the Area Commander in Central Arkansas.

It is in their memory that one music scholarship, and one general education scholarship be awarded annually to low-income college students from Central Arkansas. The maximum amount for each scholarship is $1,500.

So far, nearly $15,000 has been raised towards the memorial scholarship fund through golf tournament sponsorships. UALR Basketball Assistant Coach Joe Kleine is serving as the event’s Honorary Chair. Kleine was a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic gold medal team and won an NBA Championship with the Chicago Bulls in 1998.