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Axiom Charity Golf Tournament Raises Over $16,000 for Fisher House Foundation

October 7, 2004

Axiom Resource Management, Incorporated, held its 3 rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Fort Belvoir, Virginia on October 6 th. At the post-golf luncheon and awards ceremony, Axiom presented the Fisher House Foundation with a check for $16,269.00

"The Fisher House Foundation would like to thank the people of Axiom, and everyone who supported this effort," said Jim Weiskopf, the foundation's vice president for communications. "I assure you this money will help Fisher Houses help the families of our nation's heroes-military people who have been wounded in battle."

Two people who have benefited from the Fisher House program played in the tournament. U.S. Army Specialist Steve Varney was wounded in combat in Iraq, and both he and his family stayed at the Fisher House at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Mr. Barry Cook is staying at the Walter Reed Fisher House in order to help his son, Corporal Eli Cook, who was wounded in action in Afghanistan.

"The Fisher House was a vital part of my recovery," said Specialist Varney. "I encourage all Americans to support this program," he added.

By special arrangement, 100 percent of the money raised by the tournament will be dedicated to supporting the Fisher House mission at Walter Reed, National Naval Medical Center Bethesda, and Malcolm Grow Medical Center. These Washington-area Fisher Houses are providing extensive support for service personnel returning from combat in Afghanistan and Iraq.

A total of 32 Fisher Houses are located on the campus of 23 military and veterans medical centers, offering military families the chance to lodge as close as possible to loved ones requiring hospitalization for wounds, illness, or serious injury. Fisher Houses open their doors to eligible families, often at no cost. When families can help defray the costs of housing, the average charge is less than $10 a day; in some cases, lodging is provided at no cost to the family. Commercial hotels in the Washington area average around $150 per night. Considering the fact that Fisher House residents typically stay for a period of several months, the savings to military families who stay at Fisher Houses are quite significant.

Recently, Axiom leaders visited the Fisher House at Walter Reed, and spoke with Fisher House residents who had been wounded in combat. "The sacrifices these young people have made are almost beyond my imagination," said Axiom Partner, Doug Peardon. "I could not be prouder that Axiom is helping them. The word 'heroes' gets used a lot-but if you want to see true heroes, visit a Fisher House."

Tournament supporters included the National Military Family Association, Military Officers Association of America, and the Military Order of the Purple Heart Foundation.

For more information contact Frank Cumberland, Vice President for Communications, 703.998.0327 Ext 222.


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