Pacesetter 2008: Mr. Carl P. Meyer
The Hire Heroes USA team would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to a man who exemplifies the impact one individual can make. Carl P. Meyer elected this year to celebrate Independence Day and show his respect for the men and women of our Armed Forces by staging the first annual “100 Holes for Our Heroes” golf event benefiting Hire Heroes USA. The unique event, held yearly on July 4th at Chenequa Country Club in Hartland, WI, is planned and executed by Carl himself and features an attempt by the longtime golfer to play 100 holes of golf in a single day. “The Fourth of July is the perfect day for this,” Meyer said. “We are able to celebrate our freedoms because of the sacrifices veterans, past and present, have undertaken.”
Funds were raised through the solicitation of both flat donations and pledges per hole played.
In 2008, With his golf cart decorated with American flags and his brother, Chris, serving as caddy, Carl first teed off at 5:45 am. Clocking in at 12 hours and 50 minutes for six rounds, Carl met and surpassed his goal, playing 108 total holes. For the 100 Holes, he recorded 7 birdies, 29 pars, 44 bogies and 20 scores to which he jokingly refers as “other.” However, Carl will be the first to point out that it is not his stats which matter. His focus rather was on accomplishing two objectives: to raise money in support of Hire Heroes’ efforts to create opportunities for our returning service men and women through placement in rewarding civilian careers and also to increase the visibility of Hire Heroes and its mission.
In 2009, Carl surpassed last year’s results and golfed an unbelievable 115 holes!
The results of Carl’s efforts far exceeded all expectations. In addition to securing over 350 donations and pledges totaling upwards of $60, 000. This event is featured nationally in numerous print publications and TV news broadcasts. The Hire Heroes team again extends its deepest gratitude to Carl Meyer. Remarkable individual efforts such as these are inspirations and true gifts.