Family & Friends,
I am requesting your support for Raising Raiders, a charity near and dear to my heart, in their continued support of serving the MARSOC community. As many of you know, on March 10, 2015 I lost my beloved cousin, Ford Shaw, a Captain in the elite US Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC), when a helicopter carrying Ford, six other Marine Raiders, and four members of the Louisiana National Guard, crashed in dense fog during a training mission in Florida.
Unbeknownst to me and my family at the time, a small, grass roots organization run entirely by volunteers and based near the US Marine Corps base at Camp Lejeune, NC, stepped in to provide benevolent support. In the three years since Ford’s death, I have been given the opportunity to get to know many of the incredible volunteers within the Raising Raiders organization and have personally seen the impact of the mission through the many ways it offers support to the tightknit Raider community.
Last summer I was asked to join the Executive Board of Raising Raiders, as they took steps toward building on their incredible mission that was started in 2012. It has been an eye opening experience in more ways than one as I have helped oversee the “Always Beside You Grant” requests for things many of us take for granted on a daily basis.
This year marks the 5th Anniversary of the Raising Raider Ball, the biggest annual fundraising event, which will take place on Saturday, May 26, 2018 on the deck of the USS North Carolina based in Wilmington, NC. I will be attending the ball (and welcome you to join!), and I hope I can count on your support for this incredible cause. I greatly appreciate your consideration on behalf of Raising Raiders.
Always Beside You,
Learn more about Raising Raiders at http://www.raisingraiders.org/
Raising Raiders strives to provide financial assistance to current and prior Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC) families. Raising Raiders assistance spans professional certifications to summer camp to medical expenses, anything to enrich the lives of those who have and continue to fight for our freedom. Raising Raiders supports, empowers, and encourages the personal and professional advancement of MARSOC spouses and children.