I love it when I find out really cool things that happen here in Lakeland – lucky for me, I get to do that on a daily basis!
Many of you may know our VP of Public Affairs, Yadira Holmes, but I bet you don’t know her brother! Major Ed Pulido is the national spokesman for the Folds of Honor Foundation, honoring military veterans and their families and providing scholarships to children of fallen and disabled soldiers around the country. An amazing calling for an amazing individual.
This morning, Major Pulido was a guest on Fox and Friends along with President George W. Bush to kick off Patriot Golf Day. From the Patriot Golf Day Web site:
Patriot Golf Day is the flagship fundraiser for the Folds of Honor Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides postsecondary educational scholarships for the children and spouses of military men and women disabled or killed while serving our great nation. On Labor Day weekend, golfers across the country are asked to add an extra dollar to their greens fees to fund Folds of Honor scholarships. The Patriot Golf Day campaign is jointly supported by The PGA of America and the United States Golf Association.
The inaugural Patriot Golf Day in 2007 was started by Major Dan Rooney, Founder of the Folds of Honor Foundation, F-16 Pilot, PGA Professional, and USGA member. On Labor Day 2007 Rooney asked golfers to add $1 to their greens fees. His request resulted in donations of more than $1.1 million from more than 3,200 golf facilities. In the last four years, golfers nationwide have been instrumental in raising more than $5.3 million through Patriot Golf Day events resulting in 2,000+ recipients in all 50 states and 41 PGA sections.