Folds of Honor Folded Flag is Symbol of Hope!

The Folds of Honor, established in 2007, carries a mission statement: "To provide educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service-members, which motto is "Honor Their Sacrifice. Educate Their Legacy."

DELRAY BEACH, Florida – Folds of Honor received a record 6,000 applications for its two-month application window that ended this past March 31. Each application, said Tony Biata, a PGA Professional and director of Patriot Golf Day, will be vetted and scholarships awarded in August for the upcoming college and university school year.

This past school year, Biata said, FOH awarded 4,500 scholarships to the families of military service men and women killed and disabled in the line of duty. Since its founding by Lt. Col. Dan Rooney in 2007, Biata said FOH has awarded more than 25,000 scholarships totaling more than $22.5 million. The scholarship money is sent directly to the colleges, universities and vocational schools of its recipients.

Fundraising efforts for next year’s scholarship year are already underway.

“Like most fundraisers, we’re a year ahead,’’ Biata said. “It has to be that way because of the way school year goes.’’

The Covid-19 pandemic, Biata, said has upset the fundraising timetable a bit, particularly on the golf side, “but golf is one of the few things we believe is going to be solid for us this year.’’

Since it’s inception in 2007, Folds of Honor has awarded approximately 24,500 scholarships,and in 2019-2020, awarded over 4500 scholarships to military families, providing $22 million in educational support.

“Although we know discretionary income of people of people is going to be lower than in the past, it helps that golf is played outside. And even though there social distancing restrictions, golf is bouncing back.’’

To help with fundraising, Patriot Golf Day and PGA HOPE will host a joint fundraising campaign this coming Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 4-7. All golf fundraisers not hosted on Labor Day Weekend will be considered a Folds of Honor golf event.

PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) is the military program of PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA of America. PGA HOPE introduces golf to veterans with disabilities to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being.

“It gives us an opportunity to say that are taking care of the entire military family,’’ Biata said. “Together this partnership is going to a level that we’ve never had before.’’

Steve “Spike” Pike is a lifelong journalist whose career includes covering Major League Baseball, the NFL and college basketball. For the past 26 years, Spike has been one of the more respected voices in the golf and travel industries, working for such publications as Golfweek, Golf World and Golf Digest for The New York Times Magazine Group. In 1998, Spike helped launch the web site for the PGA of America. As a freelance travel and golf writer, Spike’s travels have taken him around the world. He has played golf from Pebble Beach to St. Andrews, walked the Great Wall of China, climbed an active volcano in the Canary Islands, been on safari in South Africa and dived with sharks off Guadalupe, Baja California. He lives in Delray Beach, Fla, and can be reached at

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