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Upcoming Events to Benefit Folded Flag: Have Fun While Donating to a Great Cause

August 14, 2018 | Folded Flag

September is an exciting month for Folded Flag! We will be hosting twoevents to raise funds to help our nation’s Gold Star Families secure an educational future.  

The first is our Vine to Vino Festival in Chalk Hill Estates in Sonoma County, California on Sept. 7 and 8. Join us for a sunset dinner on Sept. 7 and taste a delicious five course, wine paired dinner prepared by the legendary Chalk Hill culinary team. Then on Sept. 8, join us again for an afternoon of music, food and wine in Ridge Park at Chalk Hill. 

Also on Sept. 8 will be the 2018 Tucson Folded Flag Foundation Charity Golf Outing at the Tubac Golf Resort in Tubac, Arizona. The format is a four-person scramble and there are opportunities to sponsor the event for extra prizes and recognition. After playing, there will be a banquet with a silent auction that will include trips, vacations, HealthySkin cosmetic baskets and much more!

Proceeds from all three events will go to benefiting The Folded Flag Foundation. You can have fun for a great cause. Members of our Fourteenth Fold Society receive complimentary tickets to select Folded Flag events like these. To receive more information on the events mentioned above, or to register, click here. For information on the Fourteenth Fold Society and how you can join, click here

Last Month's Events: July

August 4, 2018 | Folded Flag


Last month, we hosted 300 guests at the exciting “Star Spangled Spectacular” event to celebrate America’s freedom this 4th of July. It was an evening filled with food, fireworks and family activities at TPC Summerlin. The Las Vegas Philharmonic orchestra put on a beautiful performance. Proceeds from the event benefited The Folded Flag Foundation and the music education and outreach programs of the Las Vegas Philharmonic. Thanks to our corporate underwriters, 100% of the proceeds went directly to helping local Gold Star Families.

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for this celebratory occasion. We would like to especially thank the Las Vegas Philharmonic for their support and effort to helping raise awareness for The Folded Flag Foundation and our mission to helping the spouses and children of our nation’s fallen heroes by provided educational scholarships.

Folded Flag hosts several events each month to help raise awareness and funds for our cause. To learn more about our upcoming events, click here. By joining the new Fourteenth Fold Society, you can receive complimentary tickets to fun events like this. For more information on how become a member, click here. You do not want to miss any of our exciting events coming up this fall!

National Parent's Day

July 24, 2018 | Folded Flag

National Parent’s Day is a day to recognize the important role parents and parental figures have in children’s lives. It is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in July every year to uplift the positive role models children have in their parents.

Folded Flag values family deeply which is why we think it is so important to support Gold Star Families. We understand that when a child loses a parent, there is a hole that cannot be replaced in their life. As a way to honor the legacy of that parent, we provide educational scholarships and grants to help that child or spouse on the path to success.

We would like to take a moment to thank all parents for their pivotal roles in their children’s lives. Your love and sacrifice is appreciated beyond measure. If you would like to donate to the Folded Flag Foundation to support the child or spouse of a fallen hero, click here.

Introducing the Fourteenth Fold Society

July 12, 2018 | Folded Flag

Thousands of spouses and children of military heroes have been left behind since 2001. As we connect with more and more families each year, we continue to see a vastly increasing need among younger children struggling to navigate the path to college after the loss of their military parents. At The Folded Flag Foundation, we are deeply thankful for our many donors and supporters who make it possible for us to help the spouses and children of America’s fallen heroes by providing them with educational scholarships.

To further recognize our donors’ generosity, we recently introduced The Fourteenth Fold Society, which is an exclusive group of Gold Star Family supporters who have committed to contributing a yearly donation of $1,000 or more to go towards Folded Flag scholarships. 

There are five membership levels in the Fourteenth Fold Society: Diamond, Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. Each level provides for different educational needs ranging from a new computer to living expenses, or full tuition coverage for one year. Members also receive a variety of perks, such as complimentary event tickets to Folded Flag events, membership in the Foley Food and Wine Society, Folded Flag-branded merchandise and more. Learn more about the benefits of being a member of the Fourteenth Fold Society here.

With a projected educational need of $100 million over the next 20 years, you can help ensure scholarship funding is available to those who have sacrificed so much. Join the Fourteenth Fold Society today.

5 Tips for a Great 4th of July

July 3, 2018 | John Coogan

The 4th of July is an exciting time for us to celebrate our country’s independence! It’s a time to get together with family and friends to enjoy food, fun and fireworks. 

Below are a few tips to help ensure you have a joyful and safe Independence Day. 

1. When lighting fireworks, always wear eye protection and keep some water around just in case 

This will help you avoid injury and potential fires. 

2. Stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water even if you do not feel thirsty.

It can get very hot outside in July and it is important to drink water to avoid dehydration.

3. Apply sunscreen regularly when celebrating outdoors.

This will protect you against sunburn and help prevent skin cancer. 

4. Leave all refrigerated food inside.

Letting cold food sit outside in the July heat can quickly spoil the food.

5. Take time to remember all those who have made your freedom possible and those who continue to do so every day in our armed forces.

Without them, we would not have this opportunity to gather with our family and friends to observe this holiday. These individuals are at the heart of why The Folded Flag Foundation’s mission of providing scholarships to spouses and children of our nation’s fallen heroes to help them secure an educational future.  

From our Folded Flag family to yours, we want to wish a safe and happy 4th of July!

Remembering the Soldiers Who Died for Our Freedom

May 25, 2018 | John Coogan

To Our Esteemed Supporters:

It is common for Americans to look at Memorial Day Weekend as the "summer kickoff weekend" filled with family vacations, golf, backyard barbecues, pool parties, and more. But as we approach this much anticipated holiday, I ask that you acknowledge and celebrate Memorial Day for what it was intended to be – a day to honor and remember the men and women who died while serving our great nation.

Since September 11, 2001, nearly 10,000 men and women have given their lives for our freedom while serving in the Global War of Terror. Some would say they “sacrificed” themselves for this country, though I use the word “given” after having spoken with a wounded veteran, whom I had thanked for his sacrifice – in this case, his legs. 

This warrior was quick to point out that his was not the real sacrifice, nor were the lives of his fallen brothers and sisters the real sacrifice.  For they signed up to put themselves in harm's way for these United States of America.  Loss of life or limb was always a possibility ... and a risk that members of our all-volunteer military are willing to take every day.

The real sacrifice, he said, is that of the spouse, the child - those thousands of military family members who did not necessarily sign up for service, but who came along for the ride and provided a love and support that was absolutely essential in offsetting the heavy toll of combat and multiple deployments on their service members.

This Memorial Day Weekend, it is critical that we not only honor and remember the service and lives of our fallen heroes, but that we give thanks to their loyal families for their undying commitment to this country, and for their sacrifice.

Folded Flag Foundation is honored to be able to express its thanks to these families through scholarships to surviving spouses and children at all levels of education; and because of our generous underwriting partners, 100% of the money we raise goes directly into these scholarships.

I can think of no better way to thank our nation's fallen than by helping to secure the future of those they left behind through education.

On behalf of our Board of Trustees, I offer my deepest gratitude to each of you for giving so much to Folded Flag Foundation and the families we serve.  Without the generosity of great Americans like you, we would not be able to deliver the impact that these families deserve.

For the fallen and their families,

John Coogan
Folded Flag Foundation


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