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September 10, 2021 – Welcome To Our New Platinum Sponsor for 2021-2022 – Millennium Physician Group


August 31 , 2021 – Publix Supermarkets Inc. is our 2021 Golf Tournament Lunch Sponsor


August 27 , 2021 – Bank of England Mortgage is our 2021 Golf Tournament Gold Sponsor


August 3, 2021 – The 2021 ZF Golf Tourney Sponsorships Are Open!

Click here to review the sponsorship options and pay online.

Call 904-718-8301 or email zellnerfoundation@gmail.com if you want to discuss further.


July 12, 2021 – New Golf Clubs for Army Female Veteran

Army Military Police Veteran, Erika Draht, joined by WWP fellow veterans. July 12, 2021 at The Golf Club South Hampton.

By Xiomara Spadafora, President and Co-Founder

On Monday July 12th, 2021, The Zellner Foundation honored its promise of providing a new set of golf clubs to eight-years Army Military Police Veteran, Erika Draht. She deployed to Iraq in 2005 and was medically retired in October 2012. Her duty stations included Germany, Ft Jackson, SC, and both Walter Reed Hospitals. We salute Erika for her service and wish her many amazing rounds of golf.

Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors: Guardian Fueling Technologies, FCBI Fund, and Zellner Insurance. If you want to support our Will of Iron Golf Program for Veterans click here.


June 22, 2021 – New Golf Clubs for Military Wife

By Xiomara Spadafora, President and Co-Founder

Last Tuesday, the Zellner Foundation had the privilege to honor Marlit Yui, a proud military wife, with a new set of golf clubs. Marlit started golfing to support her husband Leonardo in his recovery from PTSD.

Leonardo “Leo” Yui, PO1, US Navy Seabee (Ret.) served in the military for 14 years and completed multiple Iraq and Afghanistan deployments. He was medically retired due to combat injuries, and for many years, he struggled with PTSD, anxiety, depression, and suicide ideation.

He was recently introduced to golfing in February 2021 and also received golf clubs from the Zellner Foundation. In Leo’s words: “I have learned that golfing is simply just like your everyday struggles. Some golf games you hit the ball, straight and right into the hole, some days it doesn’t work out that way. Life is the same way. The only thing I have control of is my attitude and my actions.”

Military wives are the other heroes that stay home battling everyday life, keeping their families together.

Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors: Guardian Fueling Technologies, FCBI Fund, and Zellner Insurance. If you want to support our mission click here.


May 20, 2021 – Welcome To Our New Platinum Sponsor for 2021-2022 – FCBI Fund


February 8, 2021. The One Armed Golfer

By Xiomara Spadafora, President and Co-Founder

As The Zellner Foundation for Military Vets continues its quest of helping veterans find jobs on the First Coast, we are also having a little bit of fun by incorporating our golf program Will of Iron.

Exclusive for disabled and PTSD diagnosed veterans, the Will of Iron Program provides them with golf gear, lessons, and playtime free of cost. Fresh air, green scenery, and good company are one of a kind therapeutic with no side effects.

One of the beneficiaries of this program is retired Navy corpsman Gabriel George. In 2009, “Gabe” was pronounced dead at the scene of a motorcycle accident. He was leaving a bible study when a reckless driver hit him.

Two months later, he had to accept the fate of a life with a Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, and losing his right arm.

A decade into recovery, facing adversity at every corner, Gabe developed his four words mantra: Vision – Discipline – Strength – Determination. This is the vehicle that keeps him rolling towards his most cherished goal: to compete at the Paralympic Games in archery.

Gabriel is known as The One Armed Archer. He is also a father, husband, avid diver, pickelballer, and cyclist. Most recently, he began golfing, and The Zellner Foundation for Military Vets is proud to sponsor his new journey as The One Armed Golfer.

Since the beginning of 2021, I have had the privilege to golf with Gabriel a couple of times. As an amateur golfer, I tend to criticize my game and think about quitting. However, watching Gabriel swing the club–with only one arm–taught me a valuable lesson: there are no excuses.

In his own words, “Life is for the living,” and Gabriel George embodies this statement fully. He is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of faith in God.

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November 25, 2020 Thankful

By Xiomara Spadafora, President and Co-Founder

Martin Luther King Jr. spoke these immortal words: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?”

With this in mind, The Zellner Foundation for Military Vets is thankful because despite the Covid-19 pandemic, we were able to accomplish our goal: assisting veterans in seeking employment, as well as providing financial assistance for others less fortunate, on our first year of operations.

Thanks to our fund-raising effort during the 2020 Charity Golf Tournament, we were able to cover two months of past-due rent for Tony Rossin, Army Veteran, at the beginning of October.

We also had the opportunity to host a lunch for Veterans Day with an incredible group. The round of golf—on the same day as the 245th birthday of the United States Marine Corps—was organized by the Wounded Warrior Project and sponsored by The Golf Club at South Hampton.

During this event, my husband Jeff and I had the privilege of meeting Misty Taylor, twenty year Navy Veteran, who started playing golf as part of her PTSD therapy.

At the of our round, I asked her if she was interested in getting lessons. On November 16th, Misty had her first golf lesson with Rob Bannon—Army Veteran and owner of TPG Golf Performance Center—and her brand new set of clubs, also courtesy of The Zellner Foundation.

And the cherry to top this 2020 Thanksgiving week came Tuesday, November 24th, when we contributed with the down payment for the new car of Navy Veteran, Suzie DeLeon.

A couple of months ago, Suzie was victim of a reckless driver who caused a multiple car crash on I-95, early in the morning on her way to work. Suzie ended up in the ER and her vehicle was totaled.

2020 is a year that altered our lives in countless ways, for better or for worse. Nonetheless, at Zellner Foundation, hope has remained unwavering, and for that, we are immensely grateful.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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