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November 6, 2014
Hyatt Regency, Columbus

Networking: 11:00 – 11:45 am
Luncheon Program: Noon – 1:30 pm
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BBB Center for Character Ethics 2014 Torch Awards Speaker:Dan Rooney
Major Dan Rooney, USAF (Ret.)

Major Dan Rooney, a veteran F-16 Fighter Pilot with 3 combat tours in Iraq, the founder of The Patriot Golf Club, the founder of the Folds of Honor Foundation, a PGA Professional, and author of A Patriot’s Calling—Living Life between Fear and Faith.

In five short years Folds of Honor has raised over $35 million and awarded nearly 5500 scholarships to the family members KIA or disabled in combat. A Major in the Air National Guard and a decorated military aviator, he is a two-time recipient of the Top Gun award and was honored with the Spirit of Attack award as a top graduate of F-16 training.

He has received many decorations to include the Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Medal, Anti-terrorism Medal, Combat Readiness Medal and Air Expeditionary Medal. For his service and patriotism—Rooney was presented the White House's “Presidential Volunteer Service Award” by President George W. Bush, the Air National Guard's “Distinguished Service Medal”, the Air National Guard’s “Directors Service Award” and the Ellis Island “Medal of Honor”.

He was honored at The Masters Invitational with the “William D. Richardson Award” for his outstanding contributions to golf and received the PGA of America's first-ever “Patriot Award”. He has been recognized as one of People Magazine's “Heroes of the Year”, Money Magazine’s “Hero of the Year” and ABC World News Tonight's “Persons of the Year”. He is a “Significant Sigma Chi” and was featured on NBC World News Making a Difference report.