July 27, 2015

Prevea 5k on September 19th benefiting the Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation!

Have you ever wanted to run on an airport runway? You now have a chance! The second annual Prevea 5K run/walk will take place on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at Austin-Straubel International Airport in Green Bay. 

Thanks to Jet Air Group, Brian's Foundation is one of the beneficiaries of the race! Sign up to run or volunteer here.  http://www.5kgrb.com. Please save the date and share with others!
Reasons to sign up now:Run on an airport runway!
  • Party in a 40,000 square foot airplane hangar!
  • Every participant receives a commemorative shirt and winged pin!
  • Enjoy free food and beverages!
  • Listen to live musical entertainment!
  • Meet a Packer's legend and get their autograph!
  • **Support our youth and the mission of the Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation!

A reflection from Brian's cousin and Foundation Board member, Jen Mulhall

"One person can make a difference, and everyone should try." -John F. Kennedy

During my last year of pharmacy school, I rotated through various pharmacy practice settings. One of my supervisors would often ask me at the end of the workday: "Tell me about a difference you made today." I have to admit that there were days I struggled to come up with something. I felt it was difficult to have much of an impact on someone's life while working in a very busy pharmacy.

Looking back, I admire his efforts in trying to reflect on the day in a positive way. We all have things that go wrong during the day. If we make an effort to think about a difference we made in someone's life, it helps to put those bad things in the background, and focus on the good. It doesn't have to be at work - it might be helping an elderly person in the grocery story, walking the neighbor's dog, or reading to a child.

I think my cousin Brian was very good at focusing on the positive, and as a result, was so likable. I wanted to be just like him! He was popular, good at sports, and really smart – yet I don't recall him ever being arrogant about those things. He wouldn't put someone down – on the contrary – he would build others up, support them, and help them become better.

If asked to talk about a difference he made in someone's life, I think Brian would have been able to describe occasions where he did just that on a daily basis. For a young person, that is remarkable. If we look over the past 22 years since his passing, the even more remarkable thing is that he continues to make a difference. Renee, Doug and Kim have taken Brian's positive ideals and spirit, and through the Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation, pass those values along to graduating seniors who aim to make the world a better place.

I'm proud to be a part of the Foundation board. I would like to challenge you all to think about a difference you have made today, and to continue to support the Foundation, to help these extraordinary scholarship recipients make a difference in their careers. -Jen Mulhall

July 3, 2015

The first shots were fired in the Battle of Gettysburg on this signifiant day in history, July 1st 1863.  On the anniversary of this historic day, we are proud to present to you "Gettysburg-The Scholarship of Honor Story" through the eyes and reflection of James McEachin, a decorated Korean War soldier as he walks on Gettysburg's hollowed grounds.

We are forever grateful to the sponsors of this film, Lee and Kathy Anderson.

"We're proud to support the Brian LaViolette Foundation in creating the Gettysburg Scholarship of Honor story on this DVD.  We feel it is so important to share this incredible story that honors all who have served this country in uniform to protect the very freedoms we enjoy.

We would like to dedicate our contribution in memory and in honor of Sgt. Ralph F. Storm, WWII 92 Fighter Squadron, 81 Fighter Group and Captain Lance P. Sijan, Medal of Honor Recipient, U.S. Air Force, Vietnam, and as a special thank you to U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Adam J. Sherwood, for your continuing service ...WE WILL NEVER FORGET"
                                                                            Kathy and Lee Anderson Anderson

There is a more expanded version of the DVD available through the Foundation featuring interviews with Medal of Honor Recipient, Sal Giunta and George Patton Waters- General Patton's Grandson, as well as the full length documentary, "Return to Pilsen: Sharing an American Story".  For more details, please contact us by replying to this email or calling Kim LaViolette at 828-242-3790.

June 27, 2015

2015 Scholarship Recipients!!

Christopher Beckman
Above and Beyond
Michigan Tech
San Kay Thee
Andrew Brownfield
Early Childhood Education
University of Akron
To be awarded in October
Bellin Health

Katie Clark
Ben Edinger
Criminal Justice
Jordan A King
Brent Vroman

Donglin “Linda” Zhang
Brian LaViolette 
Bioenginnering Pre-Med, Public Health
Williams College
Janeen Plomondon
Danny Dietz
Secondary Education
Uni-CO Boulder
Nicole Giesen
Danny Dietz 2nd
Biomedical Engineering 
Colorado School of Mines
Emma Bahm
Eric McColley
Criminal Psycology 
Liberty University 
Brooke Woodford
Esther Cleveland
Elementary Education
Kaily Goddman
Isaiah Hunt
Christiana Adame Delgado
James Cathey
University of Reno
Landon Holley
Jerome Hatfield
Biomedical Engineering
University of SC
Jesse Erickson
Jesse Thiry
St. Norberts
Bradly Blansett
Joe Welke
Chemistry and Military Science
SD School of Mines
Jonah McCrorey
Joel Gentz
Air Force
Purdue University
Sydney Wayner
John Bradley
UW-Stevens Point
Tori Hipke
Darian Rose Bowman
Michaela Bissinger
Ken Hess
Cassidy Ryan
Ken Kubsch
Speech Pathology
UW-Stevens Point
Parker Blob
Ken Stumpf
National Guard
Renee Schmitz 
Kyle Hemauer
UW Madison
Phallen Lambert
Len Keller
Collage of Dupage
Clarissa Skaletski
Matt Atkinson
Art Education
UW Oshkosh 
Benjamin Rouse
Mike Colalillo
Law Enforcement
Fondulac Tribal and Community College
To be awarded in August
Nainoa Hoe

Sierra Demmith
Nichole Frye
Early Childhood Education
 Rasmussen College
Amelia Nievinsk
Nueske Family Scholarship of Excellence
Ripon College
Doug Exworthy
It Computer Business 
Darian Rose Bowman
Mackenzi LaMarre
Ollie and Helen Bogsted
Social Work
 Alena Vebrová
Social Work

To be awarded in September 
Poland Scholarships

Taylor White
Rachel Bosveld
Exercise Science/Therapeutic Recreation
Ramadan Raji
Ray Zimmerman
Chemical Engineering 
Douglas Exworthy
Robert C Safford
It Computer Business 
Leora Reyhan
Robert Foley
Hannah Heyer
Ron Sager
Martin Luthern College
Kayla Gracyalny
Ryan Jerabek
Elemenary Education
St. Norberts
Daheun Kim
Sal Giunta
University of Northern IA
Carly Cerrato
Samantha Cuene
Health Promotion
Stevens Point
To be awarded in July
South Africa Scholarship

To be awarded in October
St. Norbert College (4 Scholarships)

Lennon J. Mauel. 
Tom Hudner

Clare Cuene
Victoria Parmentier
St. Norberts
Andrew Clements
Wendell and Shanna Ellsworth
Grand Valley State Univeristy
Hannah Linebaugh 
Wendell and Shanna Ellsworth
Michigan State University

June 2, 2015

2015 Recipient of our $10,000 scholarship SURPRISE!

Last week, we had the privilege of suprising our 2015 Brian LaViolette Scholarship recipient, Donglin "Linda" Zhang with the news that she received our $10,000 scholarship during her first period Spanish class. 

Her whole family joined in on the surprise as well! What a joy to meet them all and welcome Linda to our Foundation family.