Knights of Columbus Charity Golf Tournament highlights awareness for veterans mental health

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The sixth annual Knights of Columbus Charity Golf Tournament took place at the Prairie Ridge Golf Course on Sunday in support of veterans and to raise awareness on mental health issues plaguing members of the armed forces.

This year the organization highlighted the Sergeant Colton Levi Derr Foundation, a non-profit which began in 2012 in honor of Colton, a combat veteran who took his life at 24 due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Organizers say partnering with The Derr Foundation, who’s three-fold mission is veteran advocacy, assistance, and public awareness was a perfect alignment.

“We were tasked by our supreme to do something for veteran’s group,” said William Winch, the Chairman of the Kings of Columbus Council 8058 Golf Tournament. “We had to vet a veteran’s group that would fit our values. The Derr Foundation has taken the extreme loss and the pain of their son Colton and turned it into love for our veterans.”

The Derr Foundation hosts several events a year to raise funds, assisting with the needs of military men and women in the community. Josephine Dirksen, Colton’s sister, says each activity is chosen with precision.

“We recently had a CrossFit tournament, Colton was really into working out and wrestling and Jujitsu and all those things, so we did a CrossFit tournament for him,” Dirksen said. “We grew up on a ranch east in Rapid City and so we use horses to promote our foundation, which is why we are having the barrel racing and the team roping and we also have some horses that help raise funds for our foundation so we can help these other veterans.”

Both charities want all veterans to know they do not have to suffer in silence.

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