Our Story

A Profound Responsibility

Major Dan Rooney

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Returning home from his second tour of duty in Iraq, Major Dan Rooney, an F-16 fighter pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard, became painfully aware of the reality families face when a loved one in uniform is killed or wounded.

As his flight landed, the pilot announced they carried the remains of Corporal Brock Bucklin on board, asking all passengers to respectfully remain seated while his casket deboarded.

Major Rooney watched as Corporal Bucklin’s twin brother walked somberly alongside the flag-covered casket to meet his family. Among them was the deceased Corporal’s young son, Jacob. Major Rooney ached as he thought of his own wife and little girls. Seeing the other side of war through the eyes of Jacob, was life-altering.

Sadly, over half the passengers had disregarded the pilot’s request and deboarded. Major Rooney decided he had to do something. Not only would he pay tribute to American soldiers and their families, he would live as a reminder among civilians that it is our duty to honor the sacrifices of those who preserve the freedoms we so easily take for granted.

Major Rooney committed to spend his life changing the future of America’s grieving spouses and children. In 2007, he formed the Folds of Honor Foundation; a 501C-3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities to the families of these heroic Americans.

The Logo

In The Folded Flag We See The Heavy Price Of Freedom

Yet it's also a symbol of hope, representing the enduring ideals that make this country a beacon of democracy. We chose this logo because it reflects our mission - to honor the sacrifice of America’s heroes, while giving hope to the bearers of their legacy.

Folds of Honor has grown from a vision into a movement. This folded flag is a constant reminder of those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. It inspires us to help equip and educate their loved ones in need of our support. Thank you for embracing the call.

Stories of Strength & Honor

Bob Baldasari's Story

Senior Director for Player Development for the PGA of America.

In 2007, in three weeks time, he mobilized the PGA of America in Port St Lucie, FL to participate in the first annual Patriot Golf Day. Their desire was to set the bar high and be a role model for others joining the mission. Patriot Golf Day is the now flagship fundraising event of Folds of Honor Foundation, sponsored by the PGA of America and the United States Golf Association.

Frank Gumpert's Story

PGA, University Club, Baton Rouge, LA speaks of Patriot Golf Day & Folds of Honor

Frank Gumpert, PGA, of the University Club in Baton Rouge, Louisiana shares his experience in organizing a Patriot Golf Day event. Baton Rouge is a very caring community when it comes to children and to the military, so expectations for the event were not only met but exceeded. Proceeds from this Patriot Golf Day event will provide 10 college scholarships to the children of military heroes who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty.

Natasha Mounsey's Story

On 14 April 1994, Chief Warrant Officer Erik Mounsey and 26 of his comrades lost their lives when their helicopters were shot down over Iraq. Mounsey was serving his third tour in Iraq and left behind his wife Kaye, and his two-year old daughter Natasha.

Natasha's dream during high school was to study graphic design at the University of California-Northridge. Unfortunately, the tuition was high and Kaye found that many of the scholarship programs for children of fallen soldiers were limited to children of soldiers who died after the World Trade Center attacks on 11 September 2001.

The Jones Family

Amber Jones, the spouse of John Jones, is an Immediate Use Folds of Honor Scholarship recipient. After an eight-year break from pursuing her college degree, Amber has reentered college on a Folds of Honor Scholarship, pursuing a degree in International Tourism. John Jones is a medically retired Marine Staff Sergeant who lost both of his legs while serving his country in Iraq. John, Amber and their children live in Fort Collins, CO.

Baugess Family Story

Major Larry Bauguess died from wounds suffered due to enemy small-arms fire during efforts to settle a border dispute on May 14, 2007, in the town of Teri Mengel, Pakistan. Bauguess was at the point of attack and shielded others, which allowed his team time to react, ensuring there was no further U.S. loss of life. Bauguess posthumously received, among many awards and commendations, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. Wesley, Bauguess’ wife, herself a former Army officer, has mentored dozens of Army Family Readiness Group leaders and fellow widows since her husband’s death. Wesley and her two daughters, Ryann and Ellie, live in Fayetteville, NC. Both Ryann and Ellie are Folds of Honor Future Use scholarship recipients.

Ron Schmid’s Story

Ron Schmid is the Executive Director of Carolinas PGA Section and responsible for assisting the nearly 2,000 PGA Golf Professionals in North and South Carolina and Virginia. He first heard of Patriot Golf Day when Major Dan Rooney spoke at a PGA national meeting. At that time all of the PGA Professionals in the Carolinas Section were moved by Major Rooney's story, and determined to do something to give back. Today, the Carolinas Section leads the country in raising funds during Patriot Golf Day for Folds of Honor Foundation making it possible to provide scholarships for many children of military heroes to go to college.

Executive Team

  • Major Dan Rooney

    CEO, Founder Folds of Honor Foundation

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  • Jim Ravella

    President

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  • Major Ed Pulido

    Sr. Vice President, Director of Public Relations & Military Affairs

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  • Ben Leslie

    Senior Vice President, Corporate Partnerships

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Staff

  • Dave Dierinzo

    Vice President, Corporate Relations

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  • Tony Biata

    Vice President, Patriot Golf Day

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  • John Kim

    Vice President, Marketing & Communications

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  • Dayna Dunn

    Director, Scholarships

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  • Emily Faxon

    Program Coordinator, Budweiser

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  • Rachael Lehman

    Director, Patriot Cup

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  • Ginger Gilbert Ravella

    Director, Speaker's Bureau

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  • Emily Sylvester

    Marketing, Brand Manager

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  • Jim Ernst

    Accountant

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  • Carrie Strickland

    Recipient Services

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  • Dana McConnell

    Donor Services

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  • Tritia Dennis

    Donor Services

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  • Stephanie Ranweiler

    Donor Services

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  • Lane Livers

    Executive Assistant

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  • Dakota Glasson

    Scholarship Services

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  • Allen Wronowski

    Director, Golf Relations

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  • Jenna Zingerman

    Office Manager/Receptionist

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  • Justin Parsons

    Associate Director, Patriot Golf Day

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  • Addison Roberts

    Patriot Cottage Manager

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Ambassadors

Board of Directors

  • Major Dan Rooney

    CEO & Founder, Folds of Honor Foundation

    Owasso, OK

  • Steve Haworth

    Folds of Honor Board Chairman

    CFO, Flexpoint Ford

    Inverness, IL

  • Paul Levy

    President, Sunrise Company

    Secretary, PGA of America

    Indian Wells, CA

  • J. Scott Dickman

    Chairman & CEO, Base, Inc.

    Tulsa, OK

  • Mike Arbour

    President & CEO, Vericlaim

    Inverness, IL

  • Dr. John Rooney

    CEO, Rooney and Associates

    Owasso, OK

  • Brian Whitcomb

    Honorary President, PGA of America

    Bend, OR

  • Jeff Babineau

    Vice President, GolfWeek

    Orlando, FL

  • Larry Pfeiffer

    President, Gallagher Transportation Services

    Mission Hills, KS

  • Chris Williams

    VP National Retail Sales, Anheuser-Busch

    St. Louis, MO

  • Chuck O'Dell

    VP of Sales and Marketing, QuikTrip

    Tulsa, OK