December 9, 2007

Foundation mentioned in the latest Sports Illustrated!

Walter Iooss Jr./SI

Sue LeTourneau, a member of our Foundation Board and also our family, has been a HUGE Packers fan her entire life, but after we started the Foundation, she began to tailgate for a reason. Brats for Brian has been a staple in the Lambeau Field parking lot every home game for years. With the help of many others and Nueske meats, Packers fans and opposing team fans (yes, even Viking fans) have walked away satisfied and touched by the story of Brian’s Foundation. A few weeks ago, Sue was approached by Sports Illustrated and later interviewed for an article they were having on Brett.

(Page 5 of 10)...But he does much more than just raise money and inspire others from afar. At a fund-raiser for Green Bay's Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation, Favre came on stage to play drums with the house band. "When that happened, a bunch of us old ladies in the crowd started screaming," says Sue LeTourneau, who helps run the scholarship program named for her late nephew, who died in a swimming accident.

(Page 10 of 10) Sue LeTourneau of the Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation: "On his 30th birthday, I held up a sign in the stands here at Lambeau. When he ran onto the field, he looked at me and gave a thumbs-up. Oh, my God, I thought I was going to die right then and there!"

To see the entire story, please visit: Sports Illustrated- December 10, 2007

November 6, 2007

Nainoa Hoe Scholarship of Honor

Kalihi student receives first-ever Nainoa Hoe scholarship
Photo by Malcolm Onuma
(Left to Right)Justin Sambueno, Ohelo Kaopio, and Allen Hoe flank a portrait of 1st LT Nainoa Hoe at the Army's Battle Command Training Center which is named in honor of him
August 7th, 2007
Story submitted by Randy Obata

The Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation has selected 2007 Damien High School graduate Justin Sambueno of Kalihi as the first recipient of a $1,000 college scholarship that is being awarded in the name of Army 1st Lieutenant Nainoa Hoe of Kailua who died January 22, 2005 while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Hoe’s father, Allen Hoe, and Army COL Matthew Margotta, Garrison Commander of Schofield Barracks, presented the scholarship today to Sambueno during a ceremony at the 1st Lieutenant Nainoa Hoe Battle Command Training Center at Schofield.

Hoe, 27, was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division based at Fort Lewis, Washington. He commanded a platoon while serving in Iraq—a command that fulfilled a life-long dream. He was with the platoon as it was patrolling Mosul on January 22, 2005, urging Iraqi citizens to vote in upcoming elections and searching for insurgents, when he was attacked by enemy forces using small-arms fire.

“Community service is just as important as education because it encourages people to help their community which can create better environments for people to learn and then they may branch out and help other communities until it becomes contagious, in a healthy way,” says Sambueno. “In the future, I hope to help people live better lives and create healthier communities by any way possible such as creating charities, donating to charities, or producing something of great help to society.”

The $1,000 scholarship, endowed by Waimanalo businessman Ohelo Kaopio, is being awarded to Sambueno through the Wisconsin-based Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation which has awarded hundreds of scholarships, in honor of fallen war heroes, since 1992 to students across the United States and around the world who are interested in pursuing military and public service. Kaopio last year also endowed a LaViolette scholarship in honor of the 27 Kaneohe Marines who died in a helicopter crash in Iraq the week after Hoe was killed.

September 14, 2007

Medal of Honor Convention was a success...thank you!!

Thank you to everyone that helped make the 2007 Medal of Honor Convention a success. 62 of the 109 living Medal of Honor Recipients were our guests in Green Bay from September 3-10th. They all arrived and departed safely and we had wonderful feedback from all the Recipients, their families, and other guests who were able to be a part of our community for a short time. They could not say enough about the hospitality of Green Bay...thanks to hundreds of volunteers and donors, they will have great memories of our city. The Recipients are not the only ones that have great memories-our local students and others in the community were able to share in the week.

Newspaper accounts of convention activities are available here.

July 22, 2007

South African Scholarship of Honor Presented

Our first International Scholarship of Honor in South Africa was presented on July 20th at the LEAP Science and Maths School! Principal, Tuksie Nkwinti (right) presented this honor to Thandisile Mfengu (middle) and we were told the students applauded with so much pride. John Gilmour (left) is the director of LEAP. To learn more about LEAP Science and Maths School, please visit:
This scholarship is sponsored by one of Kim's elementary teachers, Paul and Gloria Zimmerman.

June 13, 2007

First $10,000 Brian LaViolette Scholarship Awarded

On May 31st we presented our first $10,000 Brian LaViolette Scholarship through Partners in Education at the Youth Celebration. Brittany Van Remortal from Bayport High School received the award. It was a hard choice, but we know we made a great one. Brittany will be attending Wheaton College to major in German and Biology with a concentration in cellular research. Her goals for her career are to become a scientist and perform cellular and molecular research to find cures for prominent illnesses.

March 22, 2007

Medal of Honor Convention Dates Announced

The 2007 Medal of Honor Convention, which is spreadheaded by the Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation, will be held September 3rd-10th. All living Medal of Honor recipients will gather in Green Bay for the 2007 Congressional Medal of Honor Society Convention. The recipients’ annual gathering takes them to a different city each year. Phoenix in 2006,.last year—Boston. Next year—Denver. This year—Green Bay!

The Medal of Honor is the highest award for Valor in action against an enemy force that can be bestowed upon an individual in the United States Armed Services. With the financial support of businesses and individuals from across Wisconsin and the Nation along with hundreds of volunteers, The Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation is leading this weeklong convention and will be inviting the Medal of Honor recipients during their visit to take part in public activities throughout the community from school appearances to a Green Bay Packers Game. The Congressional Medal of Honor Society Convention is an opportunity for the public to learn more about our war heroes' incredible stories and come together in a community-wide effort to honor them. To learn more about the Convention, please see the link on our website:

February 28, 2007

James Cathey Scholarship of Honor Announced in Reno, NV

'Hope's Slow Return'

Slain Marine's Family, road back
shines in child’s eyes.

See this Rocky Mountain News cover story by
Jim Sheeler, February 23, 2007
Photo by: Judy DeHaas

Major Steve Beck traveled to Reno, NV. courtesy of Frontier Airlines, to present the Cathey Family with the medals that James never received. At this time, he also announced the James Cathey Scholarship of Honor and presented Jimmy with a special Scholarship of Honor Medal.

Please Check out the rest of the story at:,1299,DRMN_15_5372315,00.html It is very touching.

There is also a link below the picture of a beautiful slide show of pictures taken by Judy DeHaas of the presentation and announcement of the James Cathey Scholarship of Honor: Slide show: Remembering the Brave

January 23, 2007

New $10,000 College Scholarship, Available to Northeast Wisconsin Students

Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation and Partners in Education are excited to announce a new $10,000 college scholarship for 2007.

The Brian LaViolette Scholarship is designed to offer a student the inspiration to succeed and the financial backing to help make higher education possible.Open to all graduating seniors in the Partners in Education school districts, this $10,000 award will go a student who has shown exemplary achievement throughout his or her high school career. The total amount of the scholarship will be paid in equal installments over four years.

The criteria being evaluated will include academics, leadership and community involvement…aspects of life that were important to Brian while growing up and attending school in De Pere. The recipient will be a student who has a thirst for knowledge, the ability to be a team player, and the desire to be a future leader.

The announcement of the new Brian LaViolette Scholarship on this day, January 23, 2007, falls on what would have been Brian LaViolette’s 30th birthday. To mark the Foundation’s 15th year of giving, the Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation has consolidated several local scholarships to provide this one in Brian’s name, but the mission remains the same: “To honor hard work, community service, offer inspiration and share the belief that “The Journey is the Reward.”

Brats for Brian!

This is the ultimate tailgating! This is "Brats for Brian." I have gotten to know this group pretty well. They raise money for a scholarship in the name of Brian LaViolette. Brian was just 15 years old when his life was taken in a swimming accident. His family wrote a book about taking the good and healing from the pain. They went on to live it by creating a scholarship for other teens in their son's name. Brats for Brian is an extennsion of that love from friends and family. They are in the parking lot for each Packer game and sell delicious brats to continue the dream. They are awesome folks and I encourage you each to swing by and meet them. I posed as Santa with some of them in the picture attached. Check out their link on my "Links" page. This is the Wisconsin Spirit I love!

Brian's Aunt Sue started Brats for Brian and is pictured with Board Member, Vicki Safford who has been a great supporter of the LaViolette Family.