The Sgt. Dennis James Flanagan Foundation will be holding its 7th annual scholarship dinner and celebrity auction at 6 p.m., Jan. 19, at the Chester V. Cole Center in Lecanto.
The cost of the event will be $25 per person, and those who attend will have the chance to bid on sports memorabilia of their favorite teams and players at the silent auction. Proceeds from this event will be benefiting the Sgt. Dennis J. Flanagan Scholarship Program.
Those interested are encouraged to contribute items to the auction, as well as to attend.
“I usually acquire the auction items from various sources, but I will always take donations,” said social studies teacher and event coordinator Brian Donovan.
According to www.sgtdennisjamesflanagan.com, the foundation was started by Flanagan’s family to reap a bountiful harvest of goodness – good things – from their sorrow.
“I got on board immediately,” said Donovan. “We organize the events each year.”
A quote from Flanagan’s parents on the Foundation website states, “We learned on January 20, 2006 that our youngest child, Dennis James Flanagan, Sergeant, United States Army was killed in action while serving with the Bastogne Brigade of the 101 st Screaming Eagles in Iraq. He had stated that he wanted to go back to college to pursue a degree in education, specializing in History.”
In his memory, the program awards three annual (renewable) scholarships, each worth $1500, available to Citrus County High School seniors and recently discharged Citrus County military members seeking to further their education.
The Foundation has awarded over $80,000 in scholarships and grants to students and veterans of Citrus County.
The scholarships help graduating seniors further their education in any post-secondary school or college of their choice, providing they maintain a 2.0 average and stay in good standing with their school. The grants offer housing, training, and basic necessities for clean and sober veterans.
“[The event was started] to raise money for scholarships for Citrus County and to help local veterans,” said Donovan, “every dime goes to these causes.”
This article was co-written by lhspantherprowl.com members Victoria McHugh and Sarah Hamilton.