Golfers at Brooklawn Country Club raised more than $17,000 over the Fourth of July weekend to benefit a transitional housing project in Bridgeport for 15 homeless women veterans. The building, called the PFC Nicholas A. Madaras Home, is being built by "Homes for the Brave," a non-profit organization that Brooklawn has adopted for its Community Outreach Program this summer.

More than 250 Brooklawn golfers participated in the "Homes for the Brave Open" by donating a minimum of $25 to Homes for the Brave, which will use the money for specific furnishing needs at the home.

Brooklawn members also donated new personal and household items for the home and its residents such as blankets, sheets and comforters, towels, paper products, personal toiletries, kitchen supplies and women's clothing. Brooklawn has also obtained several product donations through the connections of club members for the home, including appliances and building materials.

Brooklawn children and their camp counselors created a "patriotic neighborhood of homes," with the home for women veterans as its centerpiece, and displayed it at the club as an educational exhibit. Children were also encouraged to donate needed items to a special collection box.

The Brooklawn events are part of the Brooklawn Outreach Program, which last year held a golf event for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Homes for the Brave is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing safe and supportive transitional housing facilities for veterans. They already operate a home for male veterans in Bridgeport. The home for women veterans will house 15 female veterans beginning this October.

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