Monday, August 10, 2020 – Inverness Club
Presented by American Interiors and Promedica
Patriot Gold Day 2020 – a huge success and a day to remember during these challenging times. Over 200 attendees participated in a day of patriotism, golf and most importantly honoring the fallen and wounded servicemen and women of our country. Folds of Honor stresses that freedom isn’t free. Patriot Golf Day honors the legacy of fallen and disabled servicemen and women and educates the families, spouses, and children they leave behind. Since its inception in 2007, the national Folds of Honor has awarded approximately 24,500 scholarships.
The day started out with a pandemic safe breakfast, followed by a heartfelt speech given by the CEO/President of American Interiors, Steve Essig. He discussed the meaning of what these fallen men and women have sacrificed in order for United States citizens to live freely and how it should never be taken for granted. His words set the tone for the unbelievable day ahead.
Guest speaker Urban Meyer, former head football coach for The Ohio State Buckeyes, spoke on what it means to be a good teammate and having one another’s back. He expressed how important it is to be there for others in a time of need and serving others before serving themselves. Coach explained that being a trustworthy teammate is required both on and off the field. In light of the day, he made the parallel of instilling a militaristic mindset into athletics.
Major Ed Pulido (U.S. Army Ret.), Vice President of Folds of Honor, reflected on his military experience and what brotherhood meant to him. His immense love for his country, the citizens in it, and his uplifting spirit were all huge contributions for making the day a success.
Tiffany Eckert, a Folds of Honor Gold Star Wife, spoke about how the Folds of Honor foundation has helped her rebuild her life after losing her husband an improvised explosive device that detonated near his Humvee in Samarra, Iraq. Their two children Marlee and Myles, both local recipients of the educational scholarships, are forever grateful for their continuing education.
After 18 holes of golf, the evening concluded with an unbelievable live auction that included multiple golf trips, custom golf bags signed by Urban Meyer and the PGA pros, game day experiences and more.
In supporting Folds of Honor, American Interiors’ goal was to raise $200,000 for the foundation. However, that goal was greatly surpassed, with a total of over $235,000, equaling over 47 educational scholarships. This event raised the most money in a single day event for Folds of Honor since February.
On behalf of American Interiors, thank you to all who supported our 2020 Patriot Golf Day. Thank you to our sponsors, clients, employees, partners, family and friends for believing in the vision of American Interiors. Without you, events like this would not be possible.