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Major Brodeur’s Name Added to Purple Heart Monument in Auburn, MA

We’re very happy to let everyone know that Dave’s name was recently engraved on the Purple Heart Monument in his home town of Auburn, Massachusetts along with fifty-five other Purple Heart recipients from the town.

If you’d like to see the engraving, the monument is located just off of Route 12 and Route 20.

Read the full article here:
Fifty-six Purple Heart recipients’ names added to Auburn memorial

MDBMF Inaugural Scholarship Winner Announced

The Major David Brodeur Memorial Foundation decided earlier last month that a $500 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior at Auburn High School.

In deciding to issue a scholarship, the foundation grant committee felt the need to reward a student who had the same commitment to community that Major Brodeur had as a student in Auburn Schools.  “Anyone can get through the years of schooling by just doing the bare minimum.  We are rewarding a student who exemplifies David in going above and beyond, building character and acting as a leader in school and in the community.”, noted Timothy Morse, President of the Major David Brodeur Memorial Foundation.

The recipient of the scholarship, which was announced at the Auburn High graduation ceremony, was Benjamin Nelson. Benjamin was highly recommended as this years recipient given his involvement in athletics, band and given the fact that through his dedication and leadership within the Boys Scouts, he recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout.  He plans on attending Nichols College in the fall.

Each year the foundation will continue to award a scholarship to a student.  Additionally, in the fall 2012, the Major Brodeur Foundation will be announcing its inaugural grant round which will award student community service oriented activities throughout the community.

Congratulations, Benjamin!

 

Official Statement of The Major David Brodeur Memorial Foundation in Response to The Auburn School Committee Meeting

Last night (Monday, March 19,2012,) the Major David Brodeur Memorial Foundation once again presented its original proposal to name Auburn High School in honor of Major David L. Brodeur.  The Foundation felt that the naming would provide a permanent reminder of the sacrifices of our troops, here and abroad, by honoring a hometown hero. We received a great amount of support from people far and wide and are truly appreciative of those who stand with us on this issue.

Unfortunately, there was also opposition to the proposal.  We, as a foundation, felt that pushing forward through the process would divide the town which we are so emphatically trying to support. As a result of this, the foundation withdrew the original request in lieu of a compromise with the hopes of reaching a more agreeable solution, be it the naming of a school building, another town building, road, square, or some other memorial.   The foundation’s compromise was to form a subcommittee of committed individuals from various areas who would return back to the School Committee a recommendation for an appropriate memorial.

The subcommittee, which will be chaired by School Committee member Jeff Lourie, will work on finding a fitting compromise to honor a hero who grew and prospered in the town of Auburn and will present recommendations to the School Committee by July 1st, with a final vote being taken on July 11th. We sincerely hope that the memorial will be significant enough to ensure that David’s memory continues with the prominence it deserves.

If you’d like to be considered to serve as a member of the subcommittee as part of the “community-at-large,” please
CLICK HERE and fill out the form the School Committee has provided.

While all of this is taking place, the foundation will continue on its mission to grant financial assistance to the high school’s students (a process for which we hope to have in place by the beginning of the next school year) and we’ve commenced planning for this year’s annual Klepto 5K, which will be taking place in October on a date to be determined.

Once again, we thank you for your support.

Sincerely,
The Major David Brodeur Memorial Foundation

Shady Saints Shin Dig Recap

The Shady Saints, performed for a capacity crowd Saturday night at the Auburn Elks in support of the Major David Brodeur Memorial Foundation. The event included dinner, a silent auction and the performance by the band.

Local resident, Shady Saints band member, and graduate of Auburn High School, along with other members of the The Major David Brodeur Memorial Foundation, organized the event as a night of renewing old friendships, while also supporting a local cause. Many businesses and individuals provided over $3,000 worth of items that were auctioned at the event.

Many of those who attended the event yesterday were former classmates, friends, family as well as members of the Auburn community who wanted to share in perpetuating Broduer’s legacy. The group was able to raise over $5,000 which will be used to directly support student projects at Auburn High School.

Foundation President Tim Morse said, “We are overwhelmed at the constant support our foundation receives from people from all areas who want to continue to honor Dave and support the advancement of educational opportunities in Auburn.” Added, band member and foundation member Jason Kusy, “It’s always great to have some fun while also honoring a friend and supporting the community. The Shady Saints was happy to add to this incredible endeavor.”

The foundation would also like to thank our amazing sponsors:
A-1 Wholesale Window Co., Inc.
Appletree Fabrics
Bergeron’s Appliance Service
Bed, Bath & Beyond
Brother’s Pizza
Boneca Linda
Bose Corporation
The Boynton
Bridget Perch
Christine Mooshian
Chuck’s Steak House
Elaine Donohue Photography
Employment Options, Inc.
Funky Murphy’s
Liberty Tax
Maura Goodard
McFadden’s
Mike & Meagan Billings
New England Aquarium
O’Connor’s Restaurant
Sally Patton
Secret Society Tattoo
Shamrock Development Associates, Inc.
Shear Madness
Wachusett Mountain

2011 Klepto 5K: Brodeur Memorial Foundation Exceeds Fundraising Goal in Our First Event

The streets of Packachoag Hill were filled with hundreds of community members yesterday as the Brodeur Memorial Foundation sponsored its inaugural event, a 5K Run/Walk in honor of Major David Brodeur, an Air Force pilot from town who was killed in the line of duty in April 2011. The race wound through the same neighborhoods that Brodeur grew up in with over 400 participants enjoying the incredible weather and making contributions back to serve the entire community.

The Major David Brodeur Memorial Foundation is a newly formed non-profit organization founded in honor of Major David Brodeur (call sign “Klepto”), a graduate of Auburn High School Class of 1994. The group’s mission is to honor the life of Major David Brodeur by working to provide financial support in the areas of academics, athletics, and extra-curricular activities in the Auburn Public School system. Many of those who attended the event yesterday were former classmates as well as members of the Auburn community who wanted to share in perpetuating Broduer’s legacy.

Auburn High alum and foundation Vice President Shannon Leary stated, “Yesterday exceeded every expectation that I had. From the number of runners, to the dedication of our volunteers, it all came together beautifully. Just to witness how many people loved and cared about him was overwhelming to see.” Added Foundation President Tim Morse, “It has moved me to no end to see what we have accomplished today – to know that we have started the process of building a lasting legacy for Dave is something that is really special.”

Although the entry fees accumulated more than $8000 in donations corporate sponsors including Unibank, Webster Five, Best Buy among many others, grew the fund to over $10,000.

The group is looking to continue having more events in the first quarter of 2012.

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One final word of thanks: Thank you to all of our amazing sponsors!!

Corporate Sponsors:
Unibank
Masterman’s
Webster 5
Best Buy
Liberty Tax Service
Bergeron’s Appliance Service
Capitol Siding
McGrath Sales Corp.
Dr. Frank Rozanski
Closet and Storage Systems
Atty. Philip J. O’Connell, Jr.
Elaine Donohue Photography
Atty. Arthur Tateronis
Anytime Fitness
Shamrock Development Associates, Inc.

Products + services:
Sturbridge Vinyl Graphics
I Am T-shirts
Hawk Hill Orchard
Stowe Farm
Stop & Shop
Auburn Town Pizza
Central Mass Disposal Inc.
Park & Shop
Poland Springs
Hammond Contracting Services
American Fitness Wholesalers
Road ID