It began in 2011 with a 9-hole shotgun tournament, raising nearly $5,000 for Folds of Honor. In 2016, they raised more than $22,000.
The Ann Arbor Golf & Outing Club, a 9-hole facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has participated in Patriot Golf Day over Labor Day Weekend, for the past six years.
Their first year, 40 people attended their one-day event, and they raised about $5,000.
According to the club’s head PGA Professional, Brian Stange, “Over time, member participation has increased and the event has grown into a double shotgun 9-hole golf tournament with dinner, sponsors, mulligans, and a silent auction.”
In 2016, the club hosted more than 130 people at the event, and they were able to raise more than $22,000 for Folds of Honor!
From auctioning off tickets and parking passes to the University of Michigan football games to the selling of sponsor signs that family members or friends could buy to memorialize or honor active duty/reserve military service members, and even the selling of mulligans to the four-person scramble teams, the Ann Arbor Golf & Outing Club has all different ways to ensure their event is a success. And although these are all important to raising the money, they aren’t the key to the event’s success.
“Our members are the key to the success of our event at the Ann Arbor Golf & Outing Club,” Stange said. In fact, there are two members that make the event possible, Kris Maly and Pam Fons.
Kris’s son and husband are both officers in the Marine Corps, and her son-in-law is in the Navy Reserve. Kris’s personal connection to the military makes the Folds of Honor mission one that is dear to her heart.
Kris, Pam, and the volunteer member committee do, as Stange said, “the majority of the work for the event.”
The pro shop team handles the event’s golf operations and the dining and kitchen staff handle the fabulous BBQ dinner, but the rest is up to Kris, Pam, and their team of volunteers. They gather the auction items, sell golf hole sponsorships, and encourage members to participate.
“This year, we plan to expand our efforts by asking for donations for ‘golf rounds’ during the entire Labor Day weekend,” Stange said. “In 2017, we hope we can raise even more money for Folds of Honor.”
With an amazing group of patriots as members at the Ann Arbor Golf & Outing Club, there is not a doubt that they will go above and beyond to continue to raise money, and change the lives of the children and spouses of our fallen and disabled service members.
Thank you to the Ann Arbor Golf & Outing Club for the incredible things you’ve done, and the incredible things you’ll continue to do in support of the mission of Folds!