I want to start this newsletter by thanking everyone who participated in one of our fundraising efforts for Gold Star Awareness Month in May. Your generous contributions will go directly to providing scholarships for the spouses and children of our nation’s fallen service members.
We recently concluded our scholarship application period for the 2020-21 academic school year. We are currently in the process of reviewing applications and plan to send responses to those who applied in mid-July.
I am also excited to announce that we recently added two new members to the Folded Flag team — Rob Clapper as Chief Development Officer and Jennifer Ramieh as Chief Administrative Officer. You can read more about their roles below.
During this time of global social distancing and economic uncertainty, our Gold Star family members need our support now more than ever. I am sorry to say that we have come to the decision to cancel our 2020 Salute to Service Gala in New York City this September. We will send more information regarding our 2021 event later this year. In place of the Gala, we are exploring ways we can host virtual events to help increase awareness for our mission and raise funds to support our scholarship recipients.
If you are interested in contributing to Folded Flag’s mission of providing educational scholarships, consider making a donation by visiting our website at FoldedFlag.org. Thanks to our underwriting
sponsors, Black Knight, Inc., Fidelity National Financial, FIS and ServiceLink, 100% of your donation goes directly to these families and is completely tax-refundable to the full extent of the law.
Thank you all for your continuous generosity and support during this uncertain time. I wish you a safe and fun 4th of July weekend.
THE FOLDED FLAG FOUNDATION WELCOMES ROB CLAPPER AND JENNIFER RAMIEH
Rob Clapper, a fourth generation Army veteran, joined our team in February as Chief Development Officer. In this role, Rob is responsible for developing robust fundraising operations, establishing corporate-philanthropic partnerships, implementing employee/customer giving campaigns and increasing national brand awareness that will bring in new donors for the Foundation.
Rob has extensive non-profit and fundraising experience that spans more than 12 years. He most recently served as Executive Director of Our Military Kids, which helps military children while their parents are deployed or recovering from severe injuries. Prior to that, Clapper served as Chief Advancement Officer of Hope for the Warriors, which provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans and military families. You can read more about Rob in the press release announcing his appointment.
The newest member on our team is Jennifer Ramieh, who joined The Folded Flag Foundation at the beginning of June as Chief Administrative Officer. In this role, Jennifer is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of organization, as well as overseeing all marketing efforts — including event planning, public relations, scholarship outreach and other administrative duties.
Jennifer has extensive non-profit experience that spans more than 10 years. She most recently served as Director of Philanthropy for Goodwill of Southern Nevada. Prior to that, she served as Senior Director of Development and Chief Development Officer for the American Red Cross in Las Vegas. You can read more about Jennifer in her press release.
2019 FINANCIAL ANNUAL REPORT
Throughout our six years of operation, The Folded Flag Foundation has seen tremendous growth, including increased awareness for our cause and outstanding support for the nation’s Gold Star families.
In 2019, we were able to raise an outstanding $4.1 million to help cover educational costs for military spouses and children across the nation. We are pleased to share with you our 2019 Annual Report, which showcases our commitment, contributions and results from this past year.
FOLDED FLAG SPONSOR OF THE QUARTER: EARTH BABY
Earth Baby® was curated out of a grandmother’s love for her grandchild. Florence Nacino, founder of Earth Baby, has over 40+ years of global experience working as a health and beauty formulation researcher, chemist and regulatory specialist for leading worldwide brands. With her extensive industry experience and knowledge, she saw a need for a product line committed to using certified organic fruit and vegetable-based ingredients that was truly non-toxic, gentle, and effective on baby’s skin, hair and body.
Earth Baby donates 1% of all sales to The Folded Flag Foundation.
HEAR THEIR STORIES: MEET CORBIN CABRERA
U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Cabrera died Oct. 29, 2011, from injuries sustained from an improvised explosive device (IED). His son, Corbin, was only 13-years-old at the time. Corbin is now honoring his father’s sacrifice through his studies at Texas A&M University.
Songwriters Café Virtual Concert Series Fundraiser
Hosted by O’Charley’s Restaurant & Bar
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
Thank you again for your continued support of The Folded Flag Foundation and our mission, as well as our Gold Star families to whom we owe so much.
To stay up-to-date with our events and news, make a donation, or learn more about our scholarship recipients, please visit FoldedFlagFoundation.org.