American Interiors Chapter, Folds of Honor Patriot Golf Day 2021
Monday, July 19, 2021 – Inverness Club, Toledo, OH
presented by American Interiors and ProMedica
Freedom isn’t free, and neither is education.
For the fourth year in a row, the American Interiors Chapter of Folds of Honor hosted a Patriot Golf Day to raise funds for educational scholarships of those with family members who have fallen or been disabled during their time of service.
Over 200 attendees participated in a day of patriotism and golf at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, which resulted in the raising of $335,500 for the Folds of Honor organization and charity. That’s the equivalent of 67 educational scholarships!
Since its inception in 2007, Folds of Honor has awarded approximately 29,000 scholarships.
Starting with a wonderful breakfast courtesy of Inverness Club, the morning program consisted of three outstanding speakers: Gold Star wife/mother, Tiffany Eckert; Folds of Honor Exec. VP of Operations and Relationships, Col James “Nick” Nichols, Jr.; and Petty Officer 1st Class (ret), Michael Lammey.
Lammey’s story is one that never fails to impact those listening.
While serving in the US Navy, Lammey’s ship suffered a boiler accident resulting in severe injuries of those in the boiler room at the time. One of those unfortunate attendees was none other than Michael Lammey. In result, Lammey suffered external and internal 3rd degree burns from head to toe.
In the years after the accident, Lammey dealt with countless health challenges while also trying to support and provide for his wife and family.
Thanks to Folds of Honor, his wife and eldest daughter are both college educated, his middle daughter serves in the Navy, and his youngest daughter hopes to attend Texas A&M in the fall; each are recipients of Folds of Honor scholarships.
Also in attendance were three Gold Star families local to the Toledo area: The Eckert Family, The Wynkoop Family, and The Winkler Family. Their presence both in the clubhouse and on the green was a continuous reminder of the Folds of Honor mission.
After the morning program, opening ceremony was kicked off with the playing of bagpipes and drums, a presenting of the colors, the singing of The National Anthem, a 21-gun salute, and the playing of taps.
Opening ceremony participants include:
180th Fighter Wing
Bagpipes by Toledo Firefighters Pipes and Drums
Color Guard by Toledo Police Department
Color Guard/Honor Guard by The Ohio Air National Guard
National Anthem by Master Sgt Jessica Hagerty
21-Gun Salute by American Legion Post 468 Sylvania
Taps by Colin Smith
A 12:00pm a shotgun start welcomed an afternoon of golf.
Col Nick Nichols golfed with a group from the 180th Fighter Wing, and a second group with the 180th played with Inverness Club Director of Golf, JJ Weaver.
After 18 holes, the evening concluded back in the clubhouse with drinks and hors d’oeuvres amidst an unbelievable live auction.
Custom watches hand-made by a former Navy SEAL and golf trips to several courses, including Oakmont Country Club, American Dunes Golf Club, and Lake Nona Country Club, were up for competitive bidding.
After sponsorships and bids were officially tallied, Folds of Honor – American Interiors Chapter wrote a check to Folds of Honor for $335,500, equaling over 67 educational scholarships for deserving families.
On behalf of American Interiors, thank you to all who supported our 2021 Patriot Golf Day. This event would not have been made possible without our local Gold Star families, Inverness Club, Folds of Honor, and the employees of American Interiors. We salute you!
Stay tuned! Our next upcoming event will be held on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2021, at Lake Nona Country Club in Orlando, Florida.