Major David Brodeur Memorial Foundation Blog

Updates: Grant, Scholarship and Fund Raising

We at the Brodeur Foundation are very pleased to announce that 2015 has been an exciting year for us.

For the 2nd 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-wide competition. Past recipients of grants at the high school have included Care Packages for US Soldiers supported by the National Honor Society, Pediatric Palliative Care Program at Notre Dame Hospice supported by high school students, 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 monies 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 fund raiser at the Compass Tavern in Worcester. So much fun was had by the team that an application has been submitted for the 2016 race which asked for an increase in numbers to 20. 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.

As you can see…an exciting year and much excitement for the future. 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. Look for more information on the race shortly. Thank you all for your generosity. We look forward to continued relationships with you and hope to get more businesses and individuals involved with the foundation!

2014 Klepto 5k Wrap-Up

Months later, we’re still blown away by how amazing the 2014 Klepto 5k was!

Friends, family, neighbors and supporters gathered for another incredible race day. Over 300 timed runners alongside hundreds of walkers and spectators on a very chilly October day. But, things warmed up at the finish line with a great DJ, great food, beer and fun for the whole family. Our inaugural raffle was also a huge success, thanks to you all!

We would like to thank everyone for their support in ensuring our friends name continues to live on in the hearts of this wonderful community.

If you’d like to be reminded of your race results, just click here.

You can check out all the pictures of the day over on our on our Flickr account by clicking the album title below:
The 2014 Klepto 5K on Flickr

And once again, thank you so much to all of our amazing supporters, sponsors and participants!

Our sincerest thanks go out to everyone below. We couldn’t do it without you!

Brodeur 5K update and call for sponsors

Hi everyone. We hope you’ve all been enjoying your summer and are gearing up for this year’s 5k!

We’re happy to announce online registration is up and running! Save $ and guarantee getting your t-shirt size by registering online TODAY!

This race has come a long way in four years with the incredible help and generosity of our supporters and sponsors from the community.

If you’d like to be an integral part of this very special day, sponsoring is easy and we have great sponsorship packages available.

Please email us here to find out more about being part of the group that makes this day possible!

Time for an update: Our most recent grant recipients!

Hello friends, we hope you made it through this past winter without too much trouble. It definitely was a cold one! We are looking forward to the warmth and brightness of spring and wish you and your families all the best in the warmer months to come.

Since the dedication of Brodeur Square at Auburn High School we have managed to stay busy with several items. One of the highlights of the last several months has been to ability to award several grants to Auburn High School students. Providing grants to the students of AHS is the core mission of our foundation. We would like to recognize these grant recipients and the excellent programs they will support with this funding.

Sydney Anger and her advisor Lynn Barret applied for The Blossoming Buddies Program. Blossoming Buddies, an anti bullying program where 5th grade Auburn Middle School girls will be paired up with a high school student whom they have something in common with. The pair will meet with each other on a monthly basis and also have a pen-pal connection. The goal of Blossoming Buddies is to promote positive and effective friendship skills. Sydneys hope is that Blossoming Buddies can shift the way females interact from a place where gossip is accepted to a place where it is viewed as negative and unacceptable. The amount of the grant award was $500.

Adam Gillies applied for and was awarded a grant to assist with funding to attend the Engineering and Technology Career Forum at the Frank W. Olin College of Engineering. Adam has an interest in pursuing and education and possible career in the engineering fields. He is hoping his participation in this forum will foster skills such as critical thinking, time management , public speaking and problem solving. Certainly these are skills that would promote leadership and we applaud Adam for his pro-active approach to his future development. The amount of the grant was $500.

The National Honor Society applied for and was awarded a grant to provide funding for the development of a care package program for US Servicemen and Woman who are currently deployed overseas. The students plan to send care packages comprised of books, magazines, food, candy or personal hygiene products. The soldiers are selected from the website, Books for Soldiers, which makes it possible for deployed servicemen and woman to reach out to their home country and request small items that provide some of the comforts of home. This year the students in the National Honor Society will provide care packages for Alumni of Auburn Schools serving in Afghanistan and Japan as well as other overseas locations. At the time of our grant award the students had assembled 14 care packages and approached the Brodeur Foundation for assistance with shipping charges. The amount of the grant was $210.

Way to go everyone, congratulations and keep up the good work!

Memorial Dedication Wrap-up

With the sun shining brightly over all in attendance, October 19th was the perfect day for the dedication of the newly completed Major David L. Brodeur Memorial Square at Auburn High School, Auburn, MA. After 8 months of collaborative work between the Major David Brodeur Memorial Foundation, the Brodeur Square Memorial Committee, the Auburn School Committee, generous business and personal donations, the town of Auburn and Auburn High School, and a driven design and construction team, a fitting memorial was dedicated to the memory of Major David L. Brodeur of Auburn, MA.

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.

“The dedication of this memorial is a statement to all who made the ultimate sacrifice that we will never forget. David was liked by everyone he came in contact with. He was a leader, friend and brilliant Air Force Officer. This outdoor memorial plaza and classroom space will serve as an inspiration of those skills forever,” stated Tim Morse, President of the Major David Brodeur Memorial Foundation.

Family, friends, state and town officials, local residents and colleagues of David’s from the Air Force, joined hundreds of people for the dedication of the large granite and bronze square, which now stands at the entrance to Auburn High School.

Congressman James McGovern presented Major Brodeur’s parents with an American flag. He and Superintendent of Schools Maryellen Brunelle urged those in attendance to learn from the person Major Brodeur was and had become, to learn from his selflessness and his desire to make our world a better place.

Retired Lt. General Dana Atkins said of Major Brodeur, “…he embraced the core value of service before self, more than any other airman I’ve ever known. David chose to serve, knowing full well a brutal war was in his future…he was a hero for simply stepping forward.”

Also in attendance was Colonel Scott Manning who had met David in Saudi Arabia during the very early stages of the Iraq conflict. Said Colonel Manning, “He was one of the most exciting, energetic and enthusiastic people I have ever known. He talked often of is family and his roots growing up and where he wanted to be in the future.”
“He understood and appreciated that the experience he had in Auburn and the lessons he learned here prepared him well for the life that he chose after Auburn. This is a wonderful tribute to a proud native of Auburn,” stated Larry Brodeur, David’s father.

It is hoped that current and future generations will enjoy the beauty of the square and learn from the lessons of a native Auburn son who spent all of his formative years in Auburn and lived the dream he had as a young boy.