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Updated: 11/21/2013 08:00:04AM

Golfers raise money for wounded veterans

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Lt.Anthony Netto, a Marine who was born in South Africa, was wounded during Operation Desert Storm. Paralyzed by the waist down, he utilizes a mechanical lift that allows him to stand so he can golf. He is greeted by Commisioner Bob Miller at the 50/50 putting contest.

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Those in attendance were entertained by Florida's "Cracker Cowboy" Poet Laureate Carl Sharp. A former Marine, Sharp has been entertaining audiences for years with his witty, Americana approach to poetry. He will turn 100 in May.

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Veterans from Punta Gorda came to the Bluffs golf course to support wounded veterans during the Freedom Drivers event.

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Army Sgt. Pam Kelly from of Clearwater, who was wounded during Operation Desert Storm, enjoys her day at the Bluffs traveling in her customized Freedom 6x6 wheelchair.

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Veterans gather for the start of the Freedom Drivers Tournamen at the Bluffs golf course Nov. 15-16.

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John Miller, Carey Willis, Dwayne Halse and Mark Moye take a break to pose for the camera.

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Cpt. John "Woody" Woodall entertains the veterans at the Freedom Drivers event. with an Elvis tribute he performs for wounded troops at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C.

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Carolyn Drake, Sue Fey, Judy Trier and Cindy Bailey founded the Freedom Drivers, and were on hand at the event to volunteer their time to ensure everything ran smoothly.

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Golfers gathered at the Bluffs golf course Nov. 15-16 for the Freedom Drivers golf tournament. The profits from the tournament benefited The Independence Fund, a non-profit fund which helps severely injured veterans achieve complete physical and emotional healing. For more information on how you can donate to the fund, call 863-993-4310 or 863-735-0631.

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