BRYAN, Texas -- Miramont Country Club, in proud and patriotic support of Folds of Honor and Allen Academy, is pleased to play host to the Third Annual Patriot Dinner on Sunday, April 28, 2019 and the Cadet Golf Classic on the ensuing day, Monday, April 29. The featured speaker of this year’s Patriot Dinner is Texas A&M graduate Kelli Campbell, widow of fellow Aggie and United States Marine Corp helicopter pilot Shawn Campbell, who died in a helicopter collision on Jan. 14, 2016.
Kelli Campbell, who was raised in the Bryan-College Station community, met, dated and married Shawn Campbell while the two were students in Aggieland. Upon their graduation from Texas A&M in 2001, Shawn received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corp, beginning a journey which led to his becoming a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter pilot, completing three deployments to the Middle East, and progressing through the USMC, ultimately earning the rank of Major.
In 2016, while stationed in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, Major Shawn Campbell and eleven other brave men paid the ultimate price, losing their lives in a Marine Corps helicopter collision. Upon the death of her husband, Kelli Campbell relocated her family to Kansas City in order to be close to family. Suddenly uprooted from everything familiar, Kelli and her four children, Tristan, Kenna, Kate and Donovan, faced the daunting task of starting a life from scratch. Whitefield Academy opened their doors to the Campbells, and Kelli enrolled her previously homeschooled children with the help of Folds of Honor Children’s Fund scholarships.
The Whitefield community quickly became like family, supporting the Campbells as Kelli’s children began to thrive in the safe, loving and academically excellent environment. Kelli has said that without Folds of Honor, she would not have known how or where to begin a new life. While the Campbell family will always grieve for their hero, husband and father, they are full of hope for the future.
Today, Kelli is on the Folds of Honor National Speaker’s Bureau and works with the Kansas City chapter. She is grateful to be able to help pass on the support and hope she was given and to continue honoring the legacy of her husband and all those who serve our nation.
The Cadet Golf Classic is an 18-hole, four-man scramble designed to raise scholarship funds for the families of fallen and disabled veterans through the Folds of Honor, as well as to raise money for the Financial Assistance Fund at Allen Academy.
The inaugural 2017 Cadet Golf Classic and Patriot Dinner at Miramont Country Club generated more than $60,000 in charitable funds. The Second Annual Patriot Dinner and Cadet Golf Classic last year raised more than $120,000, which was once again split between Folds of Honor and the Financial Assistance Program at Allen Academy.
Led by Medal of Honor sponsor Chesapeake Energy and Silver Star sponsors Dyson Energy, Flying V Rentals and Defiance Energy services, the 2019 Cadet Golf Classic and Patriot Dinner is positioned to be bigger and better than ever. Organizers have added a second round of golf in the afternoon due to increasing demand, and the goal is to raise at least $180,000.
“We’re excited that Chesapeake Energy, which recently purchased WildHorse Resource Development Corporation, has committed to replace WildHorse as our Medal of Honor sponsor,” said Miramont Country Club General Manager Aaron Dawson, co-chairman of the Cadet Golf Classic and Patriot Dinner. “We were overwhelmed by the tremendous support of our events the past two years, and our goal is to raise more than $180,000 in 2019 for two great organizations. I can assure all of those who
play in the Cadet Golf Classic or attend the Patriot Dinner that they will never forget it. Everyone associated with the event loved hearing Ginger Gilbert Ravella’s amazing story last year. There were not many dry eyes in the audience. This year, we are especially excited to welcome Kelli Campbell back to Aggieland, which has been such a major part of her life.” Visit the website (www.TheCadet.org there is a link located to the right) to secure seating for the dinner or reserve spots for teams and players for the golf tournament. You can also call Aaron Dawson at (979) 436-3851. Various sponsorship packages are also available. Hole sponsors, silent auction donations and volunteers are welcomed. All donations are tax deductible under 501© (3) IRS code. Folds of Honor EIN is 75-3240683. Allen Academy EIN Receipts will be available at the tournament and after completing online registration.
Folds of Honor is a 501© (3) nonprofit organization that provides educational scholarships to families of military men and women who have fallen or been disabled while on active duty in the United States armed forces. The foundation’s educational scholarships support private education tuition and tutoring for children in grades K-12, as well as higher education tuition assistance for spouses and dependents.
Allen Academy, an independent school committed to preparing students to thrive in an unpredictable world, has maintained a strong alliance with Miramont over the past 14 years