The Major David Brodeur Memorial Foundation is pleased to update the Auburn community and its’ many donors on the progress made during 2015. Erik Berg, president of the Major David Memorial Foundation, said that 2015 has been an exciting year for the foundation.
For the second consecutive year, the foundation awarded a $2000 grant to We the People to help finance the students’ participation at the national competition in Washington, DC, an experience
they earned with a first place finish at the state level. Past recipients of grants at the high school have included Care Packages for US Soldiers supported by the National Honor Society, a Pediatric Palliative Care Program at Notre Dame Hospice supported by high school students, an ELL Student Program for the purchase of electronic translators, the Peer Mentoring Program, and Blossoming Buddies Anti-bullying initiative.
Also awarded this year at graduation was the 4th Annual Major David Brodeur Memorial Scholarship. The 2015 recipient was Bryanna Bailey. Benjamin Nelson, Rita Bahnan and Cassidy Mackintire were scholarship past recipients.
As always, fund-raising is an important part of the success of the foundation. Team KLEPTO applied and was selected as a recognized non-profit for the prestigious Falmouth Road Race in August. 15 runners accepted the challenge of the 7-mile race, as well as the individual fund-raising responsibilities associated with participation. Nearly $20,000 was raised in support of the foundation. Erik stated, “The amazing part of Falmouth is that other than the initial outlay for the numbers, all money raised by Team KLEPTO members is given directly to the foundation to further our goal of supporting Auburn’s students.” The team also ran a fundraiser at the Compass Tavern in Worcester for this event. An application has been submitted for the 2016 race which asked for an increase to 20 runners. Selection is by lottery and notification will be sent out by mid-November.
The result of the 2015 successes will mean an exciting 2016 and beyond. The board of directors has voted to extend the grant program to Auburn Middle School. Two students will be selected from an essay contest to have their year-end trip to Washington, DC completely funded. The board is also looking into increasing the size of the scholarship and awarding two annually. The grant program will remain in place and hopefully increase giving with more applications from the high school students.
Planning for the 5th Annual Klepto 5K Race/Walk on October 18th is in its final stages. It looks certain to be another fun and successful event, and more information will be coming. Thank you all for your generosity. The foundation looks forward to continued relationships with you and hopes to get more businesses and individuals involved.
Air Force Major David L. Brodeur, who died April 27, 2011 at Kabul Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, was on deployment from Elmendorf AFB, Anchorage, Alaska. Major Brodeur was an experienced F-16 pilot and instructor with deployments to Iraq where he flew combat missions during the initial days and months of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Among his commendations and awards are the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, and Combat Action Medal. He left behind his wife, Susan, and children, Elizabeth and David Jr., of Colorado. David also leaves behind his parents Larry and Joyce Brodeur, his brother Todd, a sister Amanda, aunts, uncles, cousins and a huge extended family.
David was educated in the Auburn Public Schools, graduating with honors from Auburn High in 1994. While in high school he played soccer and was an accomplished track and field athlete who won Southern Worcester County League and District Class B individual championships. He served as Treasurer and President of the Student Council and was a member of the National Honor Society. He also represented Auburn High at the Annual Student Government Day Program sponsored by the Massachusetts State Legislature and received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for his service to Auburn High and the Town of Auburn.