Sunday February 15, 2015

We officially wrapped up our Shannon O'Hara Foundation fundraising season last night.  One more event at Graham Arena with our scholarship presentations.

A big thanks to the Mayo Boys Hockey team who hosted this event for us again this year.  The Mayo Boys program did fundraising at each home game this year and made a $550 donation to the SOF last night.  Absolutely heartwarming.

With last night's merchandise sales, we added another $1575 to the coffers of the foundation.  It's been another wonderful fundraising year, and because of that, we chose to give out not two, but three scholarships this year.

Congratulations to Tori Thompson (JM/Lourdes), Jake Dravis (JM) and Mitchell Brandhagen (Lourdes) for being chosen as recipients of the 2015 Shannon O'Hara Memorial Scholarships.

This is the best part of running the foundation.  Knowing that we can help kids and their families out as these student athletes move on to the next phase of their lives and pursue higher education.

This was our third year of giving out the awards.  It matters to these kids, and they are honored to be recognized with this scholarship.  It sticks with them.

We received a hand written note this week from one of last year's winners wishing us well on scholarship night.  Parents from two of our winners last year were in attendance last night, and Brian Murray, our first recipient back in 2013, stopped by to say hello and fill me in on how school is going and that life is good in college.

So, all those days of schlepping boxes of merchandise in and out of Graham Arena seems worth it today.  We are grateful for all the help and support of those in this community who make these scholarships possible.  I can't think of a better way to pay it forward.