OSWEGO, New York – When community members band together to support a meaningful cause, it naturally produces positive results.Ã‚Â Add in the passion and enthusiasm of golf and thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s bound to be a noteworthy outcome.
The Oswego Country Club is calling on the community and golf enthusiasts to support and participate in the inaugural Folds of Honor Golf Tournament on Monday, September 28th at the Country Club.
Registration for the four-person captain-n-crew tournament starts at 10:30 a.m. and a shotgun start begins at Noon. The cost is $70 per person or $280 per team, and the field is limited to 36 teams. Persons interested in participating should sign up immediately at the Pro Shop or call (315) 343-1941. The golf tournament is open to the public and includes golf, cart, food, prizes, a commemorative gift, on-course games, and more.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are extremely excited about the Folds of Honor Tournament on September 28th,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Oswego Country Club PGA Golf Professional Jon Fowler. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Folds of Honor Foundation serves a wonderful cause, carries with it a heartfelt story, and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re pleased to be able to raise funds for their effort with this new golf tournament at the Oswego Country Club.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Folds of Honor Foundation is a charitable organization with a mission to empower deserving military families with educational support and opportunities.Ã‚Â They provide educational scholarships to the spouses and children of service members disabled or killed as a result of military service.
Major Dan Rooney, an F-16 pilot, golf course owner, and PGA Professional and USGA member, founded the Folds of Honor Foundation in 2007.Ã‚Â A Major in the USAF Air National Guard and a decorated military aviator, Rooney has served three combat tours in Iraq.Ã‚Â The story that follows recounts Major RooneyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s purpose and mission behind starting the foundation.
As the plane landed, the pilot spoke. “We have the remains of Corporal Brock Bucklin on board, and his twin brother Corporal Brad Bucklin has accompanied him home from Iraq. As a sign of respect, please remain seated while we honor Corporal Bucklin and his sacrifice,” the pilot requested over the intercom.
Dan Rooney, a passenger on the flight, watched through the plane window as the flag-covered casket was removed from the rear cargo hold. He saw Bucklin’s family meet the procession with tears streaming down their cheeks. And he choked back emotion when he saw the soldier’s young son clutching at his mother’s leg.
This is any serviceman’s worst nightmare, thought Rooney. An F-16 fighter pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard, Major Rooney had served two tours at the time in Iraq. While he had experienced the harsh reality on the frontlines, he had never witnessed the devastating reality back home.
As Major Rooney attempted to regain his composure, he finally turned back to the plane. It was then he noticed that half of the passengers had ignored the pilot’s request and had already de-boarded. That moment changed Major Rooney’s life forever.
When the paths of Corporal Bucklin and Major Rooney crossed on that fateful flight, Rooney vowed to make a difference. Though he couldn’t change the fate of a fallen soldier, he could change the future of a grieving widow or a fatherless child.
Major Rooney set out to prove to America’s heroes Ã¢â‚¬â€œ our military personnel Ã¢â‚¬â€œ that their sacrifices would never go unappreciated or unrewarded. From that sincere and simple wish, a foundation was born. Folds of Honor hopes to ensure that families of the fallen must never endure alone.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I had an opportunity to meet Major Rooney and hear him speak about his wonderful organization,Ã¢â‚¬Â continued Fowler.Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“After learning all about the tremendous work they do for our military families, I wanted to participate in some way.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The primary fundraiser for the Folds of Honor Foundation is Patriot Golf Day, the largest grassroots golf platform in the country.Ã‚Â With the support of the PGA of America and USGA, Patriot Golf Day has generated over $3 million from more than 3,700 golf courses in just two years.
Patriot Golf Day 2009 was held this past Labor Day weekend at golf courses throughout the country.Ã‚Â The Oswego Country Club, and Fowler, wanted to take it one step further, however, and host a golf tournament that would in turn raise money for the families of those who risk their lives to protect our way of life.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We wanted to really get the community, our business partners, golf enthusiasts, and others behind this event, and simply do more for this great cause,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Fowler.
One such partner is the local organization Thank A Service Member. They have joined on as a sponsor of the golf tournament to further recognize the military families involved, as well as to educate the community about the needs of military families.
Their mission is accomplished by conducting appreciation and commemoration events throughout the year at VA Hospitals, elderly and long-term care facilities, welcome home events and other select venues.
Additionally, they have developed a commemorative military coin specifically designed to express pride and gratitude towards our military service members, both active duty and veterans, for their dedication, courage, accomplishments, and sacrifices. People can purchase the coin and present it to a veteran and/or their family as meaningful and lasting way to pay tribute and show appreciation for their service and sacrifices.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Thank A Service Member Campaign is an initiative designed to provide everyone a tangible way to show their appreciation and gratitude for the service and sacrifices of our veterans, active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families,Ã¢â‚¬Â said TASM Founder Pete Allen.Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“We applaud the initiatives of Folds of Honor, and are very pleased to show our support by helping them with the upcoming golf tournament.Ã¢â‚¬Â
According to Fowler, five different sponsorship opportunities are available, with each level representing a fold in military presented flag. Businesses or individuals can request a sponsorship form by calling the Pro Shop at (315) 343-1941 or Step One Strategic Giving at (315) 342-2554.
The sponsorship categories include: Life, Allegiance, Remembrance, Our Country and Our Hearts.
Life (Major Sponsor): $2,500
Corporate logo/sponsor name on all event signage/carts, listing in public relations material, one golf team of four players ($280 value), corporate banner displayed, corporate brochure or similar on display, commemorative event gift, recognition at dinner, tee or green signage, listing in program
Allegiance (Event Sponsor): $1,500
Listing in public relations material, corporate banner displayed, corporate brochure or similar on display, commemorative event gift, recognition at dinner, tee or green signage, listing in program
Remembrance (Dinner Sponsor): $1000
Listing in public relations material/advertising, corporate banner displayed in dining area, commemorative event gift, recognition at dinner, tee or green signage, listing in program
Our Country (Lunch Sponsor): $500
Listing in public relations material, corporate banner displayed on Snack Shed, recognition at dinner, listing in program
Our Hearts (Tee/Green Sponsor): $150
Tee or green signage, listing in program
Folds of Honor is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with a mission to empower deserving military families with educational support and opportunities. FHF provides post-secondary educational scholarships to the spouses and children of service members disabled or killed as a result of their military service to our great nation. Our unique scholarships can be applied to schooling now or held by Folds of Honor on behalf of young children until needed at the time of enrollment. For additional information visit their website at www.foldsofhonor.com.
Oswego Country Club is an incorporated, member-owned, non-profit organization located on West River Road in Oswego.Ã‚Â Established in 1897, it is among the nationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s oldest country clubs. To learn more about the Oswego Country Club, please call (315) 343-1941 or visit them on the web at www.oswegocountryclub.com.