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Averett Hosts MRI Golf Tournament at Andrews Air Force Base

July 4, 2011

This country would be an entirely different place were it not for the sacrifices of the brave men and women who serve in the military. Averett, which has a long history of supporting our servicemen and women, recently hosted the third annual Military Resale Invitational Golf Tournament at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. The tournament was previously known as Dan's Golf Tournament.

The tournament brings together senior leaders of the Military Resale System, the Department of Defense, Congress, supporting industry and Averett. It also honors wounded service members, who are the event's honored guests and have the opportunity to play on the five-man teams.

Past tournament proceeds established the Dan Daniel Professorship at the University. Proceeds from the charity are now devoted to scholarships to enable family members of those who have sacrificed for the country to continue their education at Averett.

This year, the University was represented by Averett President Dr. Tiffany Franks; Buddy Rawley, '75, vice president for institutional advancement and his wife, Debbie, '79; Sam Ferguson, '97, athletics director; John Franklin, golf coach; Trustee Hampton Wilkins, '73, '87; Trustee Bobby Raye Womack, '79; Daniel's grandsons Tim, Todd and Mark; Trustee Dan Carlton, '90; and Brian Carlton, '88.

Dan Daniel, who was often called the father of the Military Resale System, was born in Chatham and grew up in Mecklenburg County. He served in the Navy during WWII and later worked at Dan River Mills, Inc. Daniel was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates from 1959-68 and later was elected congressman, serving from 1969 until his death in 1988.