To celebrate the anniversary of our Valor Blend®, we'd like to highlight our military charity partner, Folds of Honor.
When you purchase a bag of our Valor Blend®, Joffrey's will donate a portion of the sale directly to Folds of Honor. Folds of Honor is a military-focused charity that provides scholarships to families of our fallen and disabled heroes. Since its founding in 2007, the organization has awarded over 24,500 scholarships to children and spouses of our nation’s heroes. The organization started in 2007 when Lt. Col. Rooney witnessed the return of a fallen solider's remains to his family. Thinking about his own family and what that would mean for them if it had been him, Lt. Col. Rooney felt inspired to create Folds of Honor.
We interviewed Larry Robinson, Vice President of Development (Chicago chapter), to bring you an inside look at the amazing mission behind this organization and how it all began:
What is Fold's of Honor's mission?
"It's a pretty singular mission – we provide educational scholarships for spouses and children of the wounded and fallen. It's something we can do to make their lives easier. We have a saying - honor their sacrifice, educate their legacy. Freedom isn’t free."
How does the scholarship program work?
"Educational scholarships are available for both spouses and children of fallen and wounded service members. Folds of Honor even offers a legacy program where siblings are automatically allowed into the program. To remain in the program, there is an application and verification process every year."
What are the scholarships for?
"Scholarships are available for higher education as well as K-12 education. K-12 scholarships make up for about 15% of scholarships given, while higher education and college make up the rest."
How did you get involved in Folds of Honor?
"11 years ago I heard Lt. Col. Dan Rooney and two recipients speak at a small event. I told my wife that I felt we had not given back to the military as much as we had wanted. After the event, I reached out to Dan and we became immediate friends. I went on to help build the Chicago chapter."
How did Folds of Honor begin to make its way into Florida?
"Some of our Chicago donors also reside in Southwest Florida. We had no footprint in Florida, so we put it in the works and this past March we were able to do our first kick off event, a golf tournament."
How much of the donation money goes towards the scholarships?
"Currently, 89% of every dollar raised goes directly towards the scholarship program."