Three years ago, the Tyler Professional Firefighters Association learned that there were not enough gifts and necessities donated to The Salvation Army’s annual Angel Tree program. Therefore, the association stepped up to the challenge to ensure each and every child and senior citizen would know the joy of Christmas. The Firefighters Association helped start, and still hosts, the Tee Off for Toys Golf Tournament to raise additional funds for the purchase of gifts and necessities.
This year, the third annual Tee Off for Toys Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, September 30, at Hideaway Lake Golf Course, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Tyler deputy fire marshal and Tyler Professional Firefighters Association president, Tony Gumber, is once again involved in the fundraising effort of the golf tournament.
“The Tyler Professional Firefighters Association believes in getting involved when a need exists,” Mr. Gumber said. “I’m proud of the association’s membership and the time and effort that each member contributes to help the charities they serve in Tyler and the surrounding area.”
The golf tournament’s four-player scramble begins at 9 a.m. with registration, followed by a putting contest at 9:30 a.m., and an 11 a.m. shotgun start. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place, closest to the pin, and the longest drive. Along with funds being raised for the Angel Tree program, each player is also asked to bring an unwrapped toy with them on tournament day.
In addition to the Tee Off for Toys Golf Tournament, the fire association participates in many other volunteer activities including escorting survivors at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and the Bras for the Cause fundraising events, just to mention a few.
Mr. Gumber was born in Tyler and is a lifelong resident. He is a graduate of Whitehouse High School in Whitehouse, Texas, and attended Tyler Junior College. Mr. Gumber is the father of three adult children, Shawn, Angela, and Stephen. He attends Grace Community Church in Lindale, Texas.
“I love our East Texas hospitality,” Mr. Gumber said. “I enjoy working with people who truly want to help. They roll up their sleeves and make things happen.”
For more information about the third annual Tee Off for Toys Golf Tournament, please call 903-592-4361, or visit www.salvationarmytyler.org.