The Arizona Chapter for Folds of Honor has humble but ambitious beginnings. Arizona was introduced to the Folds of Honor Foundation in 2008 when Rod Martin and Denny Yates (members of the Arizona Society of General Motors Parts Managers) teamed up in order to find a military based charity for which they could use their resources and fundraise. Rod had attended Folds of Honor golf tournaments in Michigan with his son-in-law in the past, and suggested the Folds of Honor as a possibility.
Rod and Denny reached out to the Foundation about hosting a golf tournament in the Phoenix area and were immediately put in contact with Major Ed Pulido, Senior VP of Development at the time. They hosted the first Folds of Honor Foundation golf tournament in Arizona on April 11, 2010, with help from Major Ed and the FOH team. The tournament was held at the beautiful Palm Valley Golf Club and only drew a small field of 74 golfers that first year. With the support of great Patriots and many sponsors, volunteers, and players, the tournament continued to grow and Rod and Denny have raised more $135K in 6 years for the Foundation.
The tournament has brought immense FOH exposure to the Phoenix area and continues to grow each year. Kevin Cummings, another Arizona Patriot, had connections with the Minnesota Chapter and began looking into ways to support FOH locally.
Kevin’s search for information and help eventually led him to Rod and Denny in the summer of 2015, the rest is history. Arizona is the perfect place for a Folds of Honor Chapter with the local Luke Air Force Base, Davis Monthan AFB in Tucson, Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista and the Marine Corp Air Station in Yuma; a committed and passionate military minded community; and a group of local volunteers ready to carry the torch and help those who have sacrificed so much.