More than 5,000 golf courses across the country are taking part in Patriot Golf Day, an event that stems from Green Country and supports military families.
F-16 fighter pilot and PGA professional Major Dan Rooney is the founder of Folds of Honor Foundation, based in Oklahoma. It is an organization that provides scholarship programs and other assistance to the spouses and children of servicemen and women that died or became disabled while serving. Rooney spent the day playing at Patriot Golf Club.
"This is a day, ultimately, that we reflect on the one percent that volunteer to defend the other 99 percent of us, and it gives golfers across this great nation an opportunity to give back and say thank you," Rooney said.
For Patriot Golf Day, participating golf courses ask for an additional $1 green fees charge for Folds of Honor. Rooney said some donors choose to give anywhere between $1,000 and $10,000 dollars. The event helps about 5,000 military family members and aims to raise $5 million over Labor Day weekend. This is the event's seventh year.
The Waller family from Rochester, New York, won a Titleist sweepstakes to play the Patriot Golf Club with Rooney for Patriot Golf Day. Mark Waller is a Vietnam veteran.
"Just feeling the emotion and dedication of the staff and everybody around here for what they're trying to do for the veterans. It's just extremely powerful," Waller said.
Rooney said he never imagined an organization he started in his Green Country home would grow to the level it has. He said Patriot Golf Day has raised about $17 million over its last six years.
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