This Labor Day weekend, the golf industry will look to top the nearly $6.5 million in donations it raised in 2015 through Patriot Golf Day, the leading fundraiser for non-profit, Folds of Honor. All money raised during this critical campaign will fund educational scholarships for the family members of military men and women who have fallen or been disabled in combat while on active duty serving in the United States armed forces.
â€œGolfers across the country have been so instrumental in helping military family members continue their education,â€ said Major Dan Rooney, founder and CEO of Folds of Honor. â€œEvery year we are overwhelmed by their generosity and support for our cause. We could not advance our mission without them.â€
Throughout Sept 2-5, golfers who play at participating courses will be asked to add one extra dollar to their green fees to support Folds of Honorâ€™s scholarship program, which has benefited more than 10,000 military family members since its inception in 2007. You can find a list of Oklahoma courses participating at PatriotGolfDay.com
In 2015, Patriot Golf Day raised more money for Folds of Honor scholarships than any previous year, with $6,445,000 in donations coming from nearly 1,600 courses nationwide. The Patriot Golf Day campaign is jointly supported by The PGA of America and the United States Golf Association.
â€œPatriot Golf Day continues to grow in its success and we are so encouraged by the continuous support of the golf industry,â€ Rooney said. â€œThis Labor Day weekend, we look forward to golfers around the nation participating in Patriot Golf Day and supporting the men and women who serve our country.â€
In addition to accepting donations, many courses are organizing tournaments, contests and events that golfers can play in to contribute, said Tony Biata, vice president of Patriot Golf Day for the Folds of Honor. Biata said the Folds has sent out participation kits to all 15,687 green grass golf facilities in the United States.
â€œA lot of facilities just do stuff on their own and donâ€™t event let us know what it is until they send in the donations,â€ Biata said. â€œThereâ€™s no getting it wrong. If youâ€™re collecting donations, youâ€™re doing it right.â€
Biata said this year the Folds of Honor hopes to surpass 13,000 scholarships awarded since its 2007 inception. With its large corporate program, Patriot Golf Day and other Patriot fund-raising efforts, the Folds of Honor has outgrown its facility located next to The Patriot Golf Club in Owasso and has begun an expansion which will nearly double the size of the original building.
Biata said the work on the new facility is being donated by Oklahoma Associated Builders and Contractors, the same group which donated time, skills and materials to build the original foundation headquarters.