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Because of the Folds of Honor Foundation, three military families from the Charleston area will benefit from $5,000 educational scholarships given prior to the July 3 West Virginia Power baseball game at Appalachian Power Park.

The Power took the field against the Hickory Crawdads, but the presentation of scholarships to Kelcie Adams, William Todd Barker and Mary Kaitlin Sims were part of a pregame ceremony.

Folds of Honor Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, works to empower military families by helping the children and spouses of servicemen and women killed or disabled in service to their country get an education.

Donation's from Proud Eagle Inc., a locally owned and operated Anheuser-Busch wholesale distributor, and the West Virginia Power Baseball Club, a minor league affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, made the scholarships possible.

“This donation is our way of saying thank you to our West Virginia veterans and their families and honoring their sacrifices made for our freedom,” said Jim Linsenmeyer, COO of Proud Eagle Inc. “We hope to continue supporting the Folds of Honor Foundation, our veterans and their families in 2014-2015 and beyond.”

Proud Eagle Inc., which services 12 West Virginia counties from distribution facilities in South Charleston and Parkersburg, has strong ties to its communities, actively providing charitable contributions and volunteering at local causes.

“We’re incredibly grateful for the support of Proud Eagle and the West Virginia Power Baseball Club,” said Major Dan Rooney, founder of Folds of Honor. “Providing these scholarships means giving our military families the opportunities they deserve to grow and thrive. Our goal is to honor our military’s sacrifices by educating their legacy, and this generous donation by Proud Eagle and the West Virginia Power has given us the means to change lives in West Virginia.”

Since its inception in 2007, Folds of Honor has awarded more than 5,000 scholarships to children and spouses of fallen military personnel . As of January 2012, more than 1 million dependents have been affected by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan yet 87 percent of them do not qualify for federal scholarship assistance. Scholarship candidates can apply by completing an online application at FoldsofHonor.org.

Folds of Honor Foundation was founded in May 2007 by Rooney, a former F-16 Fighter Pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard, a PGA Professional, and USGA member. A decorated military pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard, Rooney has served three combat tours in Iraq.