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Golden Valley, MN – Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation (Fallen Patriots) was delighted to celebrate support from the Minnesota BBQ and Golf Fundraiser on Friday, September 7 at Brookview Golf Course in Golden Valley, Minnesota.

The 2nd Annual event, hosted by Rich and Amanda Thomson of Minneapolis raised over $70,000 to help provide college scholarships for military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty.  With over 30 participants, the proceeds raised equate to more than 11 years of college for Gold Star students.  This brings the total amount raised to date from the Minnesota fundraising initiative to nearly $100,000.

“Amanda and I were involved with the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation when we lived in New York and were committed to extend the organization’s fundraising efforts to Minnesota when we moved home in 2016,” Rich explained.  “With several grandparents, parents and cousins having served and currently serving in the armed services, we are delighted to support the Fallen Patriots mission of providing access to education for children whose parents have made a tremendous sacrifice for our country,” he added.

The afternoon also included remarks from Chris Petrakos, Development Officer of Fallen Patriots, who also served as a United States Navy SEAL for 9 years.  Chris expressed gratitude to all participating sponsors including: PNC Bank, Paul Weiss, Goldman Sachs, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, Robert W. Baird & Co., Houlihan Lokey, and Värde Partners, Inc.

“We are honored by the support of the thousands of individuals and companies across America who have answered this call to support Gold Star families,” notes David Kim, co-founder and CEO of Fallen Patriots.  “Not every patriot wears a uniform, and we are deeply grateful to all those who are rendering this important service to our military and their families.”


About Fallen Patriots

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation honors the sacrifices of our fallen military heroes by ensuring the success of their children through college education.  Since 2002, Fallen Patriots has provided approximately $24 million in total assistance, including college scholarships and educational counseling to over 1,200 military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty.  Nearly 20,000 children from all across America will need future assistance.  Help today by visiting www.fallenpatriots.org.