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Patriot Golf Day
09.8.10 09:31 PM

Patriot Golf Day               

September 3-6, 2010

Patriot Golf Day is the flagship fundraiser for the Folds of Honor Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides postsecondary educational scholarships for the children and spouses of military men and women disabled or killed while serving our great nation. On Labor Day weekend, golfers across the country are asked to add an extra dollar to their greens fees to fund Folds of Honor scholarships. The Patriot Golf Day campaign is jointly supported by The PGA of America and the United States Golf Association.

Become an Official Patriot Golf Day
Host Facility today!
See details below.


Sparked by the vision and dedication of PGA Professional Dan Rooney, an F-16 fighter pilot, Patriot Golf Day® has raised more than $5.4 million in the past three years. In 2009, more than 4,480 PGA-staffed facilities participated in Patriot Golf Day.

During Patriot Golf Day, golfers nationwide are asked to donate a minimum of $1 to the Folds of Honor Foundation that provides post-secondary educational scholarships to children and spouses of military men and women killed or disabled while serving our great nation. To date, more than 1,163 scholarships have been awarded by the Folds of Honor Foundation. To learn more about the families who have benefited from Folds of Honor Foundation scholarships, click on "Meet the Scholarship Recipients" on the left.

Here are details on how your facility can get involved:

Click the appropriate registration below and register to become an official Patriot Golf Day host facility.


Participating facilities will receive a promotional kit by mail.


The goal for participating facilities is to collect a $1 donation from every golfer (in addition to the normal green fee) to support of the Folds of Honor Foundation. Facilities will have flexibility on donation collection options (including running tournaments/contests, using lessons, silent auctions, or hosting the event a different weekend.)


Following the event, facilities will send one (1) check directly to:
Folds of Honor Foundation
5800 North Patriot Drive
Owasso, OK 74055
Checks must be payable to: Folds of Honor Foundation
BECOME AN OFFICIAL PATRIOT GOLF DAY HOST FACILITY!
 


NOTE - PGA Professionals who host an event and submit funds to Folds of Honor Foundation will receive TWO MSR Credits. Credits will be awarded after the event and when funds are received by the Folds of Honor Foundation.

PGA/LPGA Professionals - Click here to register your facility. Enter your PGA Links or Play Golf America login when prompted.

Golf Course Operators/Non-Official PGA Facilities - Click here to become a Play Golf America host facility.

We are always looking for creative Best Practices. Click here and share what made your Patriot Golf Day special.

The Patriot Golf Day logo is available for professionals and participating golf courses to use in marketing materials, club newsletters, and club Web sites ONLY to help promote your local Patriot Golf Day events. The logo may NOT be used on merchandise.

If you are encountering difficulties registering, please e-mail PlayGolfAmerica@pgahq.com or call Le Ann Finger at (561) 624-7628.

 

Information for this article taken from official press releases.

 

The inaugural Patriot Golf Day in 2007 was started by Major Dan Rooney, Founder of the Folds of Honor Foundation, F-16 Pilot, PGA Professional, and USGA member. On Labor Day 2007 Rooney asked golfers to add $1 to their greens fees. His request resulted in donations of more than $1.1 million from more than 3,200 golf facilities. In the last three years, golfers nationwide have been instrumental in raising more than $5.3 million through Patriot Golf Day events.

Patriot Golf Day 2010 will again be held during the Labor Day weekend, September 3-6. If you are interested in joining our mission to empower the lives of deserving military families with educational opportunities, then please become a participating facility in 2010! PGA Professionals who host an event and submit funds to the Folds of Honor Foundation will receive TWO MSR Credits.

 

Tulsa, Okla. (August 19, 2010) – The Folds of Honor Foundation today announced it has named George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States of America, as the Honorary Chairman of Patriot Golf Day Weekend 2010. 

Patriot Golf Day events, held at thousands of participating golf courses over Labor Day weekend, raise money for scholarships for the families of military members killed or disabled in service to their country. Since its creation in 2007, Patriot Golf Day and its events, supported by The PGA of America and the United States Golf Association (USGA), have raised more than $5.3 million, and the Folds of Honor has awarded 1,163 scholarships and counting.


“I am pleased to be associated with the Folds of Honor Foundation, and I encourage all golfers to get out and support this worthy cause,” said President Bush. “Education is the key to a future of hope and opportunity. When our heroes in uniform are killed or wounded in the line of duty, the citizens they protect and defend ought to help the families those heroes leave behind. Patriot Golf Day is a perfect way for people to have fun and support our military families at the same time.”

 

“President Bush led our country through the September 11 attacks and outlined a strategy that has kept our nation safe for nearly a decade,” said Major Dan Rooney, F-16 fighter pilot and founder of the Folds of Honor Foundation. “We were proud to honor his father, George H.W. Bush, with the Patriot Cup Award earlier this year. We are equally proud and honored to have his support to help our military families realize their educational dreams.”

On Patriot Golf Day weekend, golfers have the opportunity to make donations to Folds of Honor for its scholarship program. Many courses all around the country ask golfers to add an additional $1 or more to their regular greens fees over Labor Day Weekend, while others host special events. The first Patriot Golf Day, organized in just a few short weeks, raised more than $1 million; last year’s Patriot Golf Day raised more than $2.3 million. Some 1,163 scholarships have been awarded by the Folds of Honor Foundation over the past three years.

Rooney also added that President Bush has been a lifelong supporter of the USGA and has had a lifelong passion for the game of golf.

About the Folds of Honor Foundation:
Folds of Honor Foundation was founded in May 2007 by Major Dan Rooney, an F-16 Fighter Pilot, PGA Professional, and USGA member. A decorated military pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard, Major Rooney has served three combat tours in Iraq. It was after his second tour, while a passenger on a commercial flight, that Major Rooney witnessed an event that would profoundly change his life. As the plane landed, the pilot announced, “Ladies and gentlemen, we have an American hero on board – Corporal Brock Bucklin. And his twin brother, Corporal Brad Bucklin, is accompanying him home from Iraq. As a sign of respect, please remain seated while Corporal Bucklin’s family receives him in his final homecoming.” Major Rooney watched through the window of the plane as the flag-draped casket was lowered. He saw a family waiting for Brock, and a little four-year old boy waiting for his father. This tragic homecoming inspired Major Rooney to create the Folds of Honor Foundation.


 



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