Saturday Is Military Appreciation Day At The Rocket Mortgage Classic
Saturday is Military Appreciation Day at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Current and former service members are issued special lanyards when they arrive, which open up a few doors, including
- Dedicated concessions service lines
- Front-of-line access to the Rocket Mortgage Shot for Heroes
- 20-percent discount on all tournament merchandise
- Access to the “Heroes Hall presented by ServPro in proud partnership with Lady Janes Haircuts.”
The Heroes Hall is an air conditioned pavilion behind the 13th green. Active and retired military can get their hair cut there while watching the action. For those from out of the Detroit are, Lady Janes’ is a local hair salon chain for men that features pool tables, sports memorabilia, recliners, and big screen tvs.
A number of players and caddies are showing their Military Appreciation Day support by wearing camo attire, with caddies wearing a camo bib or carrying a camo bag. Rickie Fowler — the unofficial host of this week — is of course sporting a stylish camo polo.
Volunteers are sporting camo hats, and pins. Members of the media got a special Military Appreciation Day pin as well.
At the back of the Fan Zone area — in what is usually the members’ driving range, Rocket Mortgage has set up a “Shot For Heroes” area.
There, you can take two swings at a target 60 yards away to earn money for charity. Rocket Mortgage donates $25 for each participant, a $100 for each shot in the “Rocket O” and $2,500 if you hole out on one of your two shots.
Every participant gets a commemorative coin, a sleeve of balls if they hit it in the Rocket O, and $2,500 to take home with a hole in one.
Be prepared though. Once you sign up with a phone number, you’re going to get a call from Rocket Mortgage telemarketers within minutes. People in line with me were all shocked and laughing at how quickly Rocket Mortgage jumped on it.
Rocket’s participation in Military Appreciation Day is of course related to their business model. Quicken Loans/ Rocket Mortgage is one of the nation’s largest VA lenders. The company also has recently been honored by Military Times as one of America’s top employers for veterans.