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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
TAPS provides immediate and long-term assistance for anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one in the military. The organization has helped thousands of families through the grieving process and a local company is putting together a Red, White & Blue Gala and golf tournament to raise funds for the organization.
Jim Tague of E&B Natural Resources Management Corp. -- a Bakersfield based independent oil and gas company -- talked about the reason behind the fundraiser and what people can expect at the two-day event.
"We are a very family oriented and patriotic community and after seeing a commercial on TV I knew we needed to get in on this," Tague said Thursday on "First Look with Scott Cox."
This is the first Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors fundraiser E&B is hosting.
To kick off the event May 1, dinner will be served at the Crystal Palace with two guest speakers: TAPS president and founder Bonnie Carroll and Lt. Cmdr. Rorke Denver, a Navy SEAL, author and actor. Both are powerful speakers who have stories to tell when it comes to the families of fallen heroes, Tague said.
On May 2, the military-theme golf tournament will take place at the Bakersfield Country Club.
"The goal is to make it unique so that we can reach out and help survivors that have given their all," he said.
Proceeds from the event will benefit TAPS Camp Good Grief, where children meet others going through the same experience.
For ticket pricing and more information, visit redwhitebluegala.com.