PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- For the fifth consecutive year, thousands of PGA Professionals and golf facilities nationwide will participate in Patriot Golf Day® over Labor Day weekend (Sept. 2-5), and for the second consecutive year, President George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States of America, serves as the Honorary Chairman of Patriot Golf Day weekend. Patriot Golf Day is the primary fundraiser for the Folds of Honor Foundation, a national non-profit organization that provides educational scholarships and other assistance to the families of service men and women who have given life and limb in service to their country. More than 4,000 golf courses across the country are registered to participate.
As Honorary Chairman, President Bush will join PGA of America President Allen Wronowski; Folds of Honor founder, Major Dan Rooney; Folds of Honor Vice President, Director of Public Relations and wounded warrior, Major Ed Pulido; and FOX & Friends co-host, Brian Kilmeade, for a round of golf to kick off Patriot Golf Day weekend during a special event on Thursday, Sept. 1.
FOX & Friends will feature Folds of Honor and Patriot Golf Day during several live segments throughout the morning of Sept. 1:
* 6:30 a.m. ET – Brian Kilmeade with Allen Wronowski and Major Dan Rooney
* 7:30 a.m. ET – Brian Kilmeade with Ginger Ravella and her five children, all of whom are scholarship recipients after their father, Troy, was killed in Iraq
* 8:30 a.m. ET – Brian Kilmeade with President George W. Bush and Major Dan Rooney
During Labor Day weekend at participating public courses, golfers are asked to donate at least $1 for each round of golf. Participating private facilities will also accept donations. Non-golfers can also participate by making a donation to the foundation at its website, FoldsofHonor.org. Through events across the country since 2007, PGA Professionals have helped raise more than $8.6 million, allowing the Folds of Honor Foundation to award more than 2,100 educational scholarships internationally, in all 50 states and in 41 PGA Sections.
"I am excited to help kick off what will be another successful Patriot Golf Day this Labor Day weekend," said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. "PGA Professionals from across the country continue to support this worthy initiative and we are proud of the efforts and impact they have made on military families since 2007."
There are 250,000 dependents of fallen and wounded military service men and women from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts alone, and 87 percent of those dependents do not qualify for federal educational assistance. Patriot Golf Day allows the Folds of Honor to present an ongoing tribute to our brave service members by ensuring that the families of fallen and wounded warriors have hope for the right educational start to life and best future possible.
Major Dan Rooney, a PGA Professional, USGA member and former F-16 military pilot with the Oklahoma Air National Guard, created Patriot Golf Day and founded the Folds of Honor Foundation in 2007, following his second of three tours of duty in Iraq. After returning from his second tour, Major Rooney witnessed a profound display of a family’s grief as they welcomed home the remains of Corporal Brock Bucklin. Inspired by this tragic homecoming of a fallen American solider, Rooney started the Folds of Honor Foundation to provide support to military families in the aftermath of their tragedies.
Celebrating its 95th year, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission of its founders: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in a multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering dramatic world-class championships and exciting and enjoyable promotions that are viewed as the best of their class in the golf industry, The PGA of America elevates the public's interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. The PGA of America brand represents the very best in golf.