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Golf events raise money for children of fallen, wounded troops

WASHINGTON – The long Labor Day weekend is a perfect time to hit the links for a good cause.

During the fifth annual Patriot Golf Day – which actually spans three days, today through Monday – golfers at select courses are encouraged to donate at least $1 per round to the Folds of Honor Foundation, which helps children of wounded and fallen troops attend college. Non-golfers can make donations directly to the Folds of Honor Foundation.

“It has been incredibly powerful to see Americans rally together in support of families who have sacrificed for our freedom,” organization founder Dan Rooney said in a news release. “While we have made some great strides over the past four years, there is still a long way to go. Hundreds of thousands of people are still in need of aid, and we want to encourage golfers across the nation to stand in the gap this Labor Day weekend and help educate the legacy of our fallen and wounded military.”

Sarah White, whose father died of a non-combat injury in 1995, recently graduated Auburn University, which she was able to attend because of the Folds of Honor Foundation.

"My four years at Auburn were literally the best four years of my life and being to be able to go to Auburn as opposed to a school right by the house or a community college, which would a lot cheaper, it really helped me grow as an individual," she said.

For a list of participating courses, visit the Patriot Golf Day website.

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