Grammy winner Vince Gill to be honored by Folds of Honor
By Staff Reports
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
4/10/12 at 1:38 PM
The Folds of Honor Foundation announced Tuesday that Vince Gill will be honored and the band Rascal Flatts will perform a concert at a ceremony following the Patriot Cup celebrity pro-am golf tournament.
Beginning at 5 p.m. on May 28, a Patriot Cup Gala will feature a dinner and awards presentation followed by a benefit concert hosted by Rascal Flatts. A limited number of tickets for the gala are available to the public for $300 each and can be purchased starting April 12 through “The Joint” ticket office or at www.thepatriotcup.com.
“The gala continues to grow as a centerpiece for our community that reaches far beyond the Patriot Cup golf tournament,” said Major Dan Rooney, former F-16 fighter pilot and founder of the Folds of Honor Foundation. “It really brings focus to the needs of families of our great soldiers. I promise it will be one of the most moving events anyone will ever attend. And, with Rascal Flatts on stage, it will be a great cap to an incredible Memorial Day weekend.”
Included in the awards presentation will be the third Corporal Brock Bucklin Patriot Award, which will be presented to Gill, a country music star and native Oklahoman. The first two recipients of the award were former President George H.W. Bush in 2010 and PGA Tour player Corey Pavin in 2011.
“The Corporal Brock Bucklin Patriot Award is the most prestigious honor awarded by the Folds of Honor Foundation and is an integral part of the Patriot Cup,” Rooney said.
“Vince Gill has been an incredible supporter of not only our organization but so many others. He truly understands the importance of giving back and we are proud to honor him.”
The Corporal Brock Bucklin Patriot Award is presented to an individual who displays unwavering, meritorious and extraordinary qualities of leadership, service and dedication to advancing genuine patriotism in America.
The Owasso-based Folds of Honor Foundation provides educational scholarships to the spouses and dependents of soldiers killed or disabled while defending the U.S. Folds of Honor has provided more than 2,600 scholarships since the foundation was founded in 2007 by Major Dan Rooney, a former F-16 fighter pilot. Bucklin sacrificed his life in defense of America’s freedoms and his son, Jacob Green, was the first Folds of Honor scholarship recipient.
Born and raised in Norman, Okla., Gill is one of the most honored singers in American history. He has won 18 CMA awards, including two Entertainer of the Year awards and five Male Vocalist Awards. He has also captured 27 Grammy Awards, more than any other male country music artist.
Gill was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007. In addition to his musical accomplishments, he is recognized for his fervent support of charitable organizations and causes.
The benefit concert hosted by Rascal Flatts in “The Joint” at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will begin following the awards presentation at approximately 8:30 p.m.
Rascal Flatts has recorded 11 No. 1 songs and has won multiple CMA, Grammy and ACM awards. The group has just released its newest album, “Changed.”
Country music star Vince Gill putts during the 2011 Patriot Cup at the Patriot Golf Club in Owasso. Gill will be honored as this year's Patriot Cup with the Corporal Brock Bucklin Patriot Award by the Folds of Honor Foundation. CORY YOUNG/Tulsa World