Patriot Golf Day, America’s largest nationwide golf fundraiser, began with a small event held at Grand Haven Golf Club in Michigan on June 8, 2007. Major Dan Rooney, a PGA member and F-16 fighter pilot, had a vision, and gathered a handful of patriots that day with one mission: to raise funds for the education of the son of a fallen American soldier.
From that one event, where no news media or celebrities were present, no major sponsors handed out giant cardboard checks, and the total raised was $8,513, Folds of Honor was formed. Patriot Golf day went on with the support of the PGA of America to raise more than $47 million for Folds of Honor over the next ten years.
Patriot Golf Day events held throughout the year are now the largest program generator of revenue for Folds of Honor, raising over $7 million in 2017 alone, and enabling Folds of Honor to award nearly 20,000 scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled heroes.
Patriot Golf Day is not limited to Labor Day weekend. Public and private clubs, individuals, and PGA pros are encouraged to participate any day of the year convenient to their golf club or community. Participation ranges from donation boxes on the counter to all day tournaments, swanky fundraising dinners, and concerts under the stars. Every contribution, large or small, is vital to the continued success of Patriot Golf Day.
Right here in the Kansas City area, many courses will support Folds of Honor through the game of golf this Labor Day weekend.
Contact your local golf course to see if they have a Patriot Golf Day fundraising activity during the year or start your own fundraiser.
We hope you will join our mission and stand with Folds of Honor to acknowledge the sacrifice and educate the legacy for those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom.