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Local to raise funds for families of fallen soldiers

Geoff Mintz
Summit Daily News

Organized by local Ted Pilling, the Folds of Honor Foundation will have a presence at the Breckenridge Golf Club this weekend. They will be soliciting donations to help the families of fallen soldiers with hopes of growing the event into a golf outing in future years.

Pilling was touched personally when his friend of 30 years lost a son in Iraq. They were flying his remains into Grand Rapids, Mich. on a commercial flight, which also happened to be carrying a PGA Tour professional and former F-16 pilot. The flight captain came on the PA and asked everyone to remain seated while the American hero was lifted off the plane.

“My friends were standing out on the tarmac waiting for the casket, and after the pilot made the announcement, basically everyone jumped up and started getting off the aircraft,” Pilling said. “So, the PGA pro and former F-16 pilot says, ‘This is ridiculous. It really bothers me. I’m going to do something.'”

The pro pledged to make a difference and started Folds of Honor, which has been putting together Patriot Golf Days around the country on Labor Day to help the families of fallen soldiers.

The events raise money in support of a scholarship fund to help pay for secondary education for the children and spouses of military men and women either killed or severely injured while serving their county.

This year at Breckenridge, the event will simply be a gathering and donation drive at the course, but Pilling hopes there will be some sort of expansion in future years, he said.

More than 3,500 golf clubs and courses now participate in Patriot Golf Day in one way, shape or form and the foundation has raised over $14 million over the past five years. To contribute or to learn more about the Folds of Honor, swing by the Breckenridge Golf Club Saturday or Sunday. More information is also available on the foundation website, http://www.foldsofhonor.org.

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