Greater Tulsa Reporter
PROVIDING SUPPORT: Scholarship recipient Dakota Petersen stands with Folds of Honor Foundation founder Major Dan Rooney. Petersen’s father, Army Sergeant Anthony Peterson, was killed during combat on Aug. 4, 2011, while serving in Afghanistan.
The Folds of Honor Foundation has partnered with Ebonite to launch Patriot Bowling Day at bowling centers nationwide during Presidents Day weekend (Feb. 14-17). During the four-day period, the foundation will collect donations and host events to help fund educational scholarships for the families of those killed or disabled while serving the U.S.
During Presidents Day weekend, bowlers are encouraged to visit bowling centers and make a donations along with their lineage fees. Bowling centers can find more information and register to participate at patriotbowlingday.com.
“As an American-made brand, it’s incredibly rewarding to partner with Folds of Honor in supporting the families of those who have sacrificed . . . for our country,” says Ed Gallagher, Ebonite brand manager. “This partnership is an area of immense pride for our entire organization, and we’re thrilled to introduce bowlers nationwide to this deserving cause through Patriot Bowling Day.”
Ebonite, founded in 1905, is a leading bowling manufacturer based in Hopkinsville, Ky. The brand includes balls, bags and accessories distributed nationally and internationally to retail through bowling pro shops. Ebonite leads the industry in bowling coaching initiatives through camps, instructional videos and bowler education.
Through its #BowlItForward campaign, Ebonite supports bowling coaches and efforts to preserve the sport for future generations. Patriot Bowling Day blends Ebonite’s #BowlItForward mantra with the Folds of Honor mission of preserving the future of military families by ensuring they have the educational opportunities they deserve.
“We’re proud to partner with Ebonite, a brand with such a great sense of American spirit and pride,” says Major Dan Rooney, Folds of Honor founder.
Since its inception in 2007, Folds of Honor has raised more than $25 million and awarded more than 5,000 educational scholarships to the families of fallen or wounded service men and women. Patriot Bowling Day is patterned after Patriot Golf Day, a national promotion held during Labor Day weekend. During Patriot Golf Day Weekend, golfers are asked to donate at least $1 for each round of golf at participating facilities nationwide.
Folds of Honor is based in Owasso, Okla., and is a 501©(3) charitable organization with the mission to empower military families by providing educational scholarships and other assistance for the children and spouses of military service men and women killed or disabled while serving our great nation. Rooney is a former F-16 pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard, PGA professional and USGA member.
One such scholarship recipient is Owasso-resident Dakota Petersen, who received a $250,000 future-use scholarship in October. Petersen’s father – Army Sergeant Anthony Peterson – was killed during combat on Aug. 4, 2011, while serving in Afghanistan. The scholarship money came from sales of the 2013 Folds of Honor-themed firework and was presented to Petersen by representatives from Jake’s Fireworks.
This was a great moment to see the Folds of Honor mission come full circle, says Rooney.