On Oct. 21, Marines and supporters are invited to “A Night Out in Atlanta” at The Georgian Club, 100 Galleria Parkway (across from Cumberland Mall) benefiting the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.
“(The Marine Corps Scholarship Fund) provides educational opportunities to children of Marines and Navy Corps men whose parent may have been killed or wounded in combat and have demonstrated a financial need,” said retired Marine Colonel William Holahan.
This year’s event, the second annual and the Scholarship Foundation’s 50th anniversary gala, features a four-course prime rib dinner along with live and silent auctions with fabulous prizes built around a unique Marine Corps jargon trivia contest.
The Scholarship Foundation grew from the actions of retired Marine Brigadier Gen. Martin F. Rockmore who learned that a WWII Marine Medal of Honor recipient was financially unable to send his child to college. In 1962, Rockmore organized a fundraising event to send that Marine’s child to college leading to the establishment of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.
Today, 56 students attend college within the state of Georgia under funds provided by Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. Over the past 50 years, the Foundation has provided more than 27,000 scholarships totaling more than $67,000 million, according to Holahan, who served three years active duty and then served in the Reserves.
“As a former Marine officer, I still retain the obligation to take care of my Marines. I’m no longer privileged to lead them, but I can still work to support their needs even in a civilian capacity,” he said.
Former University of Georgia head coach and former athletic director Vince Dooley joins retired Marine General Charles Wilhelm as honorary co-chair of the event. Early in his life, Dooley served eight years total active and reserve in the U.S. Marine Corps, an experience that characterized his coaching style for the next 32 years.
Sponsorship levels available range from the “Semper Fi” level of $1,000 per individual and $1,500 for corporations to the “Medal of Honor-Presenting Sponsor” level of $25,000 or more. Individual tickets are $100 each.
“It’s a fun night. It’s a way for the general community to support our Marines,” Holahan said.
Donations may be made to A Night Out in Atlanta, c/o Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, 909 N. Washington Street, Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314. For more information or to purchase tickets, email Holahan at firstname.lastname@example.org, call (770) 998-8157 or visit www.mcsf.org/atlanta.