Ted Pilling: Patriot Golf Day a success | SummitDaily.com

Ted Pilling: Patriot Golf Day a success

Ted Pilling
Folds Of Honor Foundation organizing committee

Held over Labor Day weekend at the Breckenridge Golf Club, the Fifth Annual Patriot Golf Day, a PGA of America and United States Golf Association sponsored program, was an inspiring and successful event. This was the Breckenridge Golf Club’s first participation in Patriot Golf Day.

Patriot Golf Day, held at more than 3,500 golf courses across the country this year, is the primary fund raiser for the Folds Of Honor Foundation. Money raised is channeled into a scholarship fund for the secondary educational needs of children and spouses of military men and women disabled and/or killed in services to this great nation. Over the past five years, The Folds Of Honor Foundation has raised over $8.3M and awarded over 1,400 scholarships.

I would like to personally thank Mr. Erroll Miller, head PGA professional, Breckenridge Golf Club and an outstanding staff representative of the Town of Breckenridge, for his early and continued encouragement and support of Patriot Golf Day. His commitment to the cause and his advice and guidance as to how to structure a successful event proved to be invaluable. Further, I am and will always be thankful and appreciative of his professional staff’s support and encouragement. Notably, Robins Manley and Mike Wilson.

Radio advertisement on Krystal 93 for Patriot Golf Day was sponsored and paid for by Alpine Bank. As such, I would be remiss to not offer my heartfelt thanks to the Breckenridge branch manager of Alpine Bank, Mr. Mark Martin-Williams. I offer a special thank-you to Elisabeth Lawrence, who stepped forward, taking my proposal to the bank’s board of directors, convincing them to support and sponsor the event. They, as well as Alpine Bank’s senior management and board of directors are true American patriots, having sponsored this as well as the “Wall Of Heroes” posted in each of Alpine Bank’s Branch locations during the summer months.

Thanks also go out to Geoff Mintz at the Summit Daily News for publishing multiple community information notices and for the announcement article in the Sept. 2 edition.

And to Charlie Simpson (Colonel, USAF (retired)) and to Larry Daily (Major, USAF (retired)), the volunteers that staffed the event all day Saturday and Sunday helping to collect donations, I offer my sincere thanks, my appreciation for your help with Patriot Golf Day and in particular for your military service to the nation.

I encourage anyone who would like to make a donation to the Folds Of Honor Foundation to visit http://www.foldsofhonor.org or http://www.playgolfamerica.com and follow the links to make a contribution. Or contact me directly at TPilling@Comcast.Net.

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