Labor Day weekend is known as Patriot Day Golf Weekend for the Folds of Honor Foundation and on Friday, September 1st, Crow Creek Golf Club hosted a dinner and live auction benefiting the Folds of Honor. It was an amazing night filled with great friends, great food and drinks and an incredible sense of community. The newly renovated bar and grill area was at maximum capacity and the crowd was a buzz with anticipation of what the evenings agenda was going to bring.
The Folds of Honor Foundation is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization created with the singular purpose to provide educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service-members. Founded in 2007 Folds has raised millions of dollars and granted 10s of thousands of scholarships to families of American heroes.
The evening at Crow Creek was kicked off by a heartfelt welcome and thank you talk by PGA Head Professional, Jimmy Biggs. He has spearheaded the local fundraising efforts Patriot Golf Day since 2014. Biggs then introduced the 17 other members of the Myrtle Beach PGA Patriots, a name given to this group by Folds of Honor founder, Major Dan Rooney himself.
Jimmy next introduced a very special guest, Wesley Bauguess. Wesley told the crowd the story of her husband, Major Larry Bauguess who was serving in the 82nd Airborne Division as part of the U.S.-led Operation Enduring Freedom. They were attending a peace meeting that included representatives from Afghanistan and Pakistan allow with the United States. After the meeting a Pakistani Frontier Guardsman opened fire on the Americans as they prepared to leave the scene. She said Larry immediately recognized what was happening and stood in between the assailant and his men, shielding them with his own body.
The Bauguess’ two daughters are reciepients of Folds Scholarships. Wesley travels when asked, as a speaker for the Folds of Honor and is proud to tell the story of her husband’s bravery and more importantly the story of how Folds of Honor has helped her family and thousands of other families in similar situations.
Up next was the main reason for the evening, the live auction. It was a tremendous success. With the help of an auctioneer the bids were flying and the dollar amounts were rising. Auction items ranged from wine and cheese baskets to rounds of golf to a trip to Bermuda. A good time was had by all and several thousands of dollars were raised.
Jimmy and the entire staff and management at Crow Creek Golf Club want to extend a huge thank you to all who donated the auction items and all that were in attendance for their generous hearts in donating to the Folds of Honor.