Patriot Golf Day turned five years old today. Founded on Labor Day 2007, the event has raised more than $12.8 million in an effort to provide scholarships for the children of men and women who have died or been disabled while defending our nation. Major Dan Rooney started the event by asking golfers to donate an extra dollar to their green fees at participating golf courses across the country. In 2007, the response was overwhelming and he was able to raise $1.1 million from 3,200 golf courses across the nation. Major Rooney is an F-16 fighter pilot, PGA Professional and USGA member and has given out scholarships to over 2,600 recipients since 2007.
The event has turned into an entire Labor Day weekend fundraising drive, which is also supported by the United States Golf Association and the PGA of America. I was not able to get out and play any golf this weekend, but I did visit the Patriot Golf Day website and donate $20. I also used my AMEX card, which in return is matched by American Express.
If you were able to play this weekend and donate at the golf course, GREAT! If not, I encourage everyone to go over to the Patriot Golf Day website and donate something small. As Americans, we all can appreciate the men and women who sacrifice so much to serve our country. We definitely would not have the freedoms we enjoy today without these military heroes who have defended our country throughout history.