I hope you will join me in Hickory, North Carolina on October 7th for this very important fundraiser, and if you cannot attend, I hope that you will consider making a donation to one of my very best friend's daughter, Ashley Casey, who is fighting her second round with Leukemia.
I met Tom Casey our freshmen year in high school. My dad was a football coach at Oregon State. We played football together and were friends until I moved away going into my junior year in high school. We have remained close friends through the years. Tom says my father was actually the one who inspired him to go into coaching football at the college level. He is the defensive coordinator at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, NC.
As a father myself, it breaks my heart to see my friend and his family going through this tough battle, and I want to make sure Ashley has everything she needs to fight and win....and she WILL Win!
Here's more about Ashley: As many of you know or may have read this past weekend in the Hickory Daily Record, the daughter of LR’s Football Defensive Coordinator Tom Casey (Ashley) is in her second battle with Leukemia which was highlighted in the article below.
HDR Article Ashley Casey Tackles Leukemia
To help support the family in this fight, there will be a special fundraiser on Wednesday, October 7th featuring Kris “Tanto” Paronto. Kris is the subject of the bestselling book "13 Hours in Benghazi" which chronicles the heroic efforts to save American diplomats during the 9/11/12 attacks on U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya. This story is also the subject of the upcoming major motion picture 13 Hours which is set for a January 2016 release date.
The fundraiser on October 7th will feature a VIP event beginning at 5:45 p.m. at the Bears Club Hospitality Tent behind the McCrorie Center on the Lenoir-Rhyne campus. This VIP event will have a wonderful catered meal courtesy of Countryside BBQ and the opportunity for a Meet-and-Greet and photos with Kris Paronto. Cost for the VIP event is $40 per person or $75 per couple and is limited to the first 100 people who pay to attend. Payment must be made in cash or check made out to “Ashley Casey Fund”. To register for the VIP event, please contact the Bears Club office at 828-328-7130.
At the conclusion of the VIP event, Kris Paronto will speak in the Belk Centrum at Lenoir-Rhyne beginning at 7:00 p.m. At the conclusion of Kris’ speech, there will be a book signing for those interested. Donations will be accepted in the lobby of the Centrum in lieu of an admission fee. ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE VIP EVENT AND THE SPEECH WILL BENEFIT THE ASHLEY CASEY FUND.
If you are unable to attend this event but would like to support Ashley Casey in her fight, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/AshleyCasey or mail any donations to:
Ashley Casey Fund
c/o Members Credit Union
2142 12th Ave. NE
Hickory, NC 28601
For more information or to register for the VIP event, please contact the Bears Club office at 828-328-7130. Thank you for your support of the Casey family!
David K. Jandrew
Piedmont Educational Foundation/Bears Club
PO Box 7280
Hickory, NC 28603
625 7th Ave NE
Hickory, NC 28601
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