Fallen Officer's Foundation Wants to Build Youth Camp | Charity
A golf tournament benefitting local children through the memory of fallen Metro Sergeant Henry Prendes will take place next weekend.
Henry’s Place Foundation (www.henrysplace.org), formed in 2006 to honor Prendes, who gave his life protecting his hometown community, will host the 5th Annual Henry Prendes Charity Golf Classic at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 7. The tournament will be held at Palm Valley Golf Course in Sun City Summerlin.
Proceeds from this year’s tournament will be used to begin construction on the 14-acre parcel of land in Cedar City, UT designated as the future home of Henry’s Place, a camp facility being created for the Valley’s underprivileged youth. In addition, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Injured Police Officers’ Fund (IPOF) on behalf of the LVMPD Fallen Officers and their families.
This year’s tournament offers golfers a chance at a $1 Million shot sponsored by Boyd Gaming and up to $1,000 for a 90-foot chip shot. To kick off the day’s activities, a Metro Search & Rescue Police Helicopter will take to the sky to drop “Golf Balls from Heaven,” and an awards ceremony, luncheon and auction/prize raffle round out the afternoon.
“I can’t believe it has been five years since Henry’s death,” said Dawn Prendes, Henry’s widow and Founder of Henry’s Place. “We have made a lot of progress with the camp’s design while obtaining the proper approvals from the County Commissioner’s office over the past year, and we are very close to seeing our dream become a reality.”
February 1, 2011 marked the five-year anniversary of the death of Sgt. Prendes. At the time of his death, Sgt. Prendes was the first Metro police officer killed in the line of duty in Las Vegas in 18 years. His story continues to receive national attention and has even been published in three books: Uncensored Grace by Jud Wilhite, True Blue by Lt. Randy Sutton, and (in French) Au Coeur de L’action: Police Americane by Sebastien Fremont. His legacy lives on through Henry’s Place Foundation and the youth camp facility, and the U.S. Congress passed The “Sergeant Henry Prendes Memorial Act of 2006” to increase penalties for individuals who kill or conspire to kill police officers.
Individuals can register for $125 and foursomes are $400 (a portion of the registration fees are tax deductible). The tournament is open to all ages. To register for the tournament, or for more information, please visit www.henrysplace,org or call 296-5078.