After raising over $27,000 from the May 13 Tolleson Annual Golf Classic Benefit Tournament, the Tolleson Parks and Recreation Department donated the proceeds to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6310 to build its new home.

“The significance of this donation, at this time, is that this money will allow us to continue on the construction of our building,” said Cmdr. Richard Durso of VFW Post 6310.

“Our building fund was depleted to the point that we would have to hold any further construction. The city of Tolleson’s very generous donation will allow us to continue work on some of the electrical and plumbing that needs to be done.”

The VFW Post 6310 has been embedded in the community, hosting Dr. Charles Landis Thanksgiving Dinner, school backpack programs, Luces de Navidad parades, Easter hunts and toy drives.

Many of the VFW Post 6310 veterans volunteer at the larger community events such as the Fourth of July and Whoopee Daze. The members also deliver meals to seniors during Thanksgiving.

Golf tournament attendees were friends of Tolleson’s business community partners in supporting vital nonprofits serving their patrons.

The proceeds from the tournament came from sponsorships, donations, raffles and a silent auction. Contributors included Salt River Project, the Home Depot Repair and Liquidation Center, the Empire Group and Desert Diamond Casino.

“The Bobby Lopez-Diaz VFW Post 6310 works tirelessly to provide services to its veteran population,” Tolleson Parks and Recreation Director John Paul Lopez said.

“Without a home they have conducted monthly meetings in various locations such as our fire department, senior center and Pepe’s Lounge, to name a few.

“This is the same when providing services for their members. Having a home will allow their members to come to one designated place for services and their monthly meeting. Their effort to raise funding for their new home is commendable, and the city of Tolleson is more than gracious for their service to not only our country but to our community here in the West Valley. This contribution from our public partners is a true testament to their support of the Tolleson community. The Tolleson Recreation Department is very happy to host this annual event to benefit our community members and thanks the mayor and councilmembers for their support in allowing us to support our partners in our community.”

VFW Post 6310 is a nonprofit organization of those who serve and have served in the military. A majority of its members are from Tolleson and the West Valley.

The Tolleson Annual Golf Classic Benefit Tournament was founded more than 30 years ago to support the Tolleson Boys & Girls Club.

Tolleson opened its own recreation center in the summer of 2019, and Mayor Juan Rodriguez said he wanted to continue the tradition of supporting a nonprofit in Tolleson. Due to the pandemic, however, the city couldn’t host the tournament.