Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists was proud to once again support the Childers family and our local military community this year by sponsoring the Cody Childers Memorial Golf Tournament. This annual event, which took place this year on October 14, gathers sponsors and golfers to fundraise in memory of Cody Childers. Childers, a Virginia Beach native, died in combat in 2010 while serving in Afghanistan. To honor his memory, Cody’s parents, Wendy and Randy Childers, have continued sending care packages to Marines every year since.

AOS contributed directly as a platinum sponsor, and has been involved with the event since 2017. Additionally, members of the AOS team showed support by participating directly in the tournament. Physicians Dr. Chad R. Manke, Dr. Bradley T. Butkovich, Dr. Charles E. Shuff, and Dr. David M. Clifford, accompanied by Physician Assistant Brice Snyder, demonstrated their enthusiasm for golf and for philanthropy as individual participants.

“Following the disappointment of last year’s event being cancelled due to COVID-19, there couldn’t have been a more opportune day to resume this annual tournament. The weather was perfect,” says AOS president Chad R. Manke. “Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists is always proud to sponsor a cause with such far-reaching impact, and we are thankful to the Childers and Voorhees families for organizing such a meaningful event.”

WKTR’s Channel 3 News’ reporter, Kelsey Jones, also covered the event for their Thursday night 6 o’clock segment. You can find the full segment here: https://www.wtkr.com/news/military/virginia-beach-golf-tournament-raises-money-for-military-care-packages-honors-fallen-marines-legacy

Organizers aimed to raise $30,000 at this year’s fundraiser, which would be directly invested in holiday packages and other boxes for Marines and other military members deployed overseas. More than 5,000 packages are mailed each year by the Childers family to U.S. troops deployed in combat zones around the world. 

To learn more about their efforts, or to become involved, please visit We Care Marines at www.wecaremarines.com or visit the LCPL Cody S. Childers Memorial Fund on Facebook.