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Clare Scheufens Receives Scholarship from PWMF

The Patrick Williamson Memorial Foundation, LLC. presented Clare Scheufens with an academic scholarship during the Saint Cecila Graduation Ceremony in May 2017.

Pictured Below (left to right): Sybil Williamson, PWMF Co-Founder and Clare Scheufens, scholarship recipient.




 

Jacob Barras Receives Scholarship from PWMF

The Patrick Williamson Memorial Foundation, LLC. presented Jacob Barras with an academic scholarship during the Saint Thomas More Graduation Ceremony in May 2017.

Pictured Below (left to right): Anthony Charulli, PWMF Representative; Tyler Hornsby, PWMF Representative;  Jacob Barras, scholarship recipient.; Patrick Lewis, PWMF Representative





PWMF Donates to University of Louisiana's ROTC Program



The Patrick Williamson Memorial Foundation, LLC. presented the University of Louisiana's ROTC with a donation during the UL ROTC Change of Command Ceremony on April 27, 2017.

Pitcured Below (left to right): Loutori M. Williams, outgoing Cadet Company Commander; Sybil Williamson, PWMF Co-Founder; Ryan K. Mixon, incoming Cadet Company Commander






Captain Nathan Nelson Receives Vehicle; Sends PWMF A Personal Video

 

Captain Nathan Nelson, United States Air Force, received a customized vehicle from the Patrick Williamson Memorial Foundation (PWMF) and Help Our Military Heroes (HOMH) in April 2017.  Captain Nelson suffered multiple injuries from a rocket blast that occurred during his time in Afghanistan.  His injuries were extensive, including a spinal cord injury that paralyzed Nelson from the chest down and limited his hand movements. 

 

Captain Nelson and his family recorded a personal video to express their gratitude for the vehicle.  The video is posted below.


 

 
 



Army Specialist Hilario Bermanis Receives Customized Vehicle from PWMF and HOMH


Funds raised from the 2016 Patrick Williamson Memorial Foundation's Sporting Clay Shoot-Out were used in part to purchase a customized vehicle for Army Spc. Hilario Bermanis.  Specialist Bermanis of the Army's elite 82nd Airborne Division lost both his legs and his left hand during an attack in Baghdad.  Specialist Bermanis and a fellow soldier were guarding a weapons turn-in point when they were attacked with rocket launched grenades.  His fellow soldier died instantly.  Bermanis was evacuated to Germany and then transferred to Walter Reed, where he underwent numerous surgeries.

Army Specialist Hilario Bermanis received the Bronze Star for his conduct and the Purple Heart for his injuries.  Following an Executive Order that provides naturalization for non-citizens serving active duty in the US during Operation Enduring Freedom, Bermanis also received U.S. Citizenship.  Bermanis is also a citizen of the Federated States of Micronesia.

In Spring 2017, the PWMF assisted in purchasing a customized vehicle for Spc. Bermanis.  He is pictured below receiving the donation.




 

PWMF Presents Christopher Hill with Academic Scholarship

 

Christopher Hill, graduate of St. Cecilia, received the Sergeant Patrick Oliver Williamson '04 Memorial Scholarship Award during 8th grade graduation in May 2016. 

 

 

 


 

PWMF Presents Courtney Marie Landry with Academic Scholarship

 

Courtney Marie Landry, graduate of St. Thomas More Catholic High School, received the Sergeant Patrick Oliver Williamson '04 Memorial Scholarship Award during senior graduation in May 2016.  Courtney is the daughter of Wayne and Debbie Landry.  She is not only an accomplished volleyball athlete, but also an accomplished student with a love of history.  Courtney plans to attend the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Fall 2016.  

 

The Patrick Williamson Memorial Foundation congratulates Courtney on her success thus far and wishes her the best of luck in the future.

 

Pictured below (left to right): Sybil Williamson, PWMF Co-founder; Courtney Landry, scholarship recipient; Max Williamson

 

 


 

Baker Hughes Veterans Resource Group Donates to PWMF

 

The Patrick Williamson Memorial Foundation, LLC. (PWMF) received a donation from Baker Hughes Veterans Resource Group (VGR).  VGR held a fundraiser on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, and donated all proceeds to PWMF.  Pictured below is Randy Barras (representing PWMF) and Adam Leger (VRG) as well as other members of the Baker Hughes Veterans Resource Group.

 

 


 

 

PWMF Donates to UL ROTC

 

The Patrick Williamson Memorial Foundation, LLC. (PWMF) presented the University of Lafayette ROTC with a donation during the Cadet Change of Command Ceremony on Friday, April 28, 2016.

 

Pictured below (left to right): Marc Andre Thibodeaux, Cadet Captain; Sybil Williamson, PWMF Founder; Nathaniel Jarred Yantis, Cadet 1st Lieutenant.

 

   

 

 

 

 


 

 

PWMF Assists in Presenting PO3 Douglas Hill with Customized Vehicle

 

The Patrick Williamson Memorial Foundation, LLC. (PWMF) assisted Help Our Military Heroes in purchasing a customized vehicle for Petty Officer Third Class Douglas Hill, a double amputee veteran.  The funds generated during the Fifth Annual Sporting Clays Shoot-Out and Second Annual Archery Competition in 2015 allowed PWMF to provide a sufficient donation towards the purchase of this vehicle.  The following is Hills's story, written in his own words:

 

My name is Petty Officer Third Class (Retired) Douglas Hill. On July 5, 2010, my dream of a full career in the World's finest Navy was cut incredibly short.  While driving on the freeway, my vehicle was clipped.  Unable to regain control, my vehicle slid off the freeway and flipped.  I lost one of my legs in the vehicle and the other was hanging by a thread.  I also sustained a traumatic brain injury, a lacerated spleen, a cracked pelvis, and multiple thoracic fractures in my back.  By the Grace of God, a man pulled over behind me and applied tourniquets to my legs.  Five surgeries, two amputations, and eleven blood transfusions later, I learned that surviving was only half of the battle.

 

At the time of the accident, I was head over heels for a girl that I had known most of my life.  Five days before the accident, we decided that we would try to make a long distance relationship work.  I lived in California and she lived in Georgia.  She was on vacation with her family when she got the news that I had been in an accident. Without any hesitation, she booked a flight and stayed by my side for the whole month that I was in the hospital system.  After my hospital release, she visited again for her birthday.  At that time, she decided that we should get married so we could remain together.  We got married at the courthouse the day after her birthday, and she's been more to me than I could ever ask for.

 

Few people will ever see the burden that wives of disabled veterans carry.  The people around me told me how strong I was through my recovery, but they never got to see the real emotions and breakdowns when my wife was the only person around to pick up the pieces.  Since our marriage, we've had two boys.  

 

Some of my largest struggles were realizing that I couldn't be independent anymore; that I could never be competitive and athletic like I was before; and that I could never feel the sense of pride that I felt every morning when I put on my uniform.  The Navy Wounded Warrior Safe Harbor tried for years to contact me and persuade me to become involved in adaptive sports, but I couldn't overcome the guilt and shame of not being a combat injury.  I didn't think that I deserved the same opportunity as the brave men and women who have given so much to our great nation.  I felt as though my opportunity to serve my country had been robbed from me.  

 

Last year, my wife finally convinced me to attend a safe harbor camp.  I made great friends, including those who were combat injured that would never let me think any less of myself due to the circumstances of my injuries. That camp turned into an opportunity to represent the World's finest Navy in the 2015 Warrior Games. Not only did I get to dawn the cloth of my nation once more, and be honored and humbled to do it with such brave men and women as I did, but I was able to be an athlete and compete once more.

 

Pictured below is Petty Officer Third Class Douglas Hill, US Navy (left), Senior Chief Petty Officer Austin Reece, US Navy (center) and Lieutenant Junior Grade Steven Simmons, US Navy (right) at the 2015 Warrior Games in Quantico, VA.

 

 

 


 

Softball Player Abby Fontenot honors Patrick Williamson on Jersey

 

Abby Fontenot participates in a softball league, Louisiana Bombers Fastpitch, in Lafayette, Louisiana.  This season, the league honored fallen veterans and service men in hopes of raising awareness.  They asked each girl to select a fallen soldier and display that soldier's name on her jersey.  The girls wore the jerseys all season before presenting the honorary jerseys to the soldier's loved ones.  Abby chose Patrick.

 

At the same time, Abby's school, Youngsville Middle School, asked every student to write an essay about Veteran's Day.  Abby wrote about her softball league and Patrick.  In her essay, Abby wrote, "...That's what a veteran is to me.  A saving grace and a true hero. ...Patrick Williamson is my hero."

 

Thank you, Abby, for honoring Patrick and keeping his memory alive.

 

     

 

 

 

 


 

PWMF Assists in Purchasing New Minivan for SPC Edward Guldin, Jr.

 

The Patrick Williamson Memorial Foundation assisted in purchasing a fully equipped custom minivan through Help Our Military Heroes.  This is the first vehicle purchased this year in connection with the funds raised by the Patrick Williamson Memorial Foundation's annual sporting clays shoot-out.

 

The  recipient, SPC Edward Guldin, Jr., suffered two above-the-knee amputations as well as severe injuries to his right arm and hand on June 12, 2011.  Since that time, Guldin has not driven a vehicle.  On Friday, August 28, 2015, SPC Edward Guldin received a fully customized, handicapped minivan.     

 

Pictured below is SPC Edward Guldin, Jr. receiving the van.  The second image is of Guldin, his wife, Amanda, and his daughter, Khloe.  

 

 

 

 


 

Sybil Williamson Featured in Video for Wear Blue: Run to Remember

 

8Rivers Films, LLC recently created a video for Wear Blue: Run to Remember that featured Sybil Williamson and her athletic efforts to remember her son and support those serving in the military.  Wear Blue: Run to Remember is a non-profit organization with a mission of building running communities that honor the service and sacrifice of the American military.  As stated on their website, Wear Blue runs for the fallen, for the fighting, and for the families.  Watch Sybil's video below.

 

 

 

 


 

Scholarships Awarded to Two Outstanding Lafayette Students

 

The Patrick Williamson Memorial Foundation awarded its annual scholarships to Haden Coleman, St. Cecilia graduate, and Brennan Bourgeois, St. Thomas More graduate, during the school's respective ceremonies held in May.  

 

 

 


 

UL ROTC Receives 2015 Donation from Foundation

 

UL ROTC was presented with a check from the Patrick Williamson Memorial Foundation at their Commissioning Ceremony in May 2015.  

 

Pictured below are Susan and Joseph Lavergne presenting the UL ROTC Cadets with a check.

 

 

 

 

 


 

LSUE Donates to the Patrick Williamson Memorial Foundation

 

 

Each year, LSUE's graduating nursing students raise funds for their graduation ceremony.  The leftover funds, if any, are then donated to a charity, which is selected by the graduating class.  This year, LSUE's graduating students selected the Patrick Williamson Memorial Foundation to receive the excess funds ($300.00).  

 

Pictured bylow is Nich Niland, class president, presenting the donation to Sybil and Buddy Williamson.

 

 

  


 

PWMF Contributes to a Third Veteran Vehicle Recipient this Year
 

 

Due to the generous donations and funds raised during the 2014 sporting clays shoot-out, the Patrick Williamson Memorial Foundation was able to assist in purchasing another fully equipped handicapped vehicle through Help Our Military Heroes.  This is the third vehicle purchased this year in connection with the Patrick Williamson Memorial Foundation's contributions.

 

The third recipient, Lance Corporal Clark Cavalier, nearly died while out on patrol in Afghanistan on April 24, 2011.  An improvised explosive device (IED) explosion caused Cavalier to lose both of his legs.  Cavalier is a Louisiana native, residing in Plaquemine, LA.  On Monday, December 8, 2014, Cavalier received a customized vehicle that addresses his specific needs as a result of the injuries he sustained while on duty.

 

Pictured below is Lance Corporal Cavalier in the driver's seat of his new custom vehicle.

 

 

  


 

University of Louisiana at Lafayette Invites PWMF to Fire Cannon
 

UL's ROTC program invited the Patrick Williamson Memorial Foundation to fire the cannon at UL's last home football game of the 2014 season.  The last game of the season was dubbed UL's Veteran Appreciation Day.  Randy Barras, a veteran of the US Army and Patrick's uncle, fired the cannon prior to UL's game against Appalacian State on November 22, 2014.  Pictured below is Randy Barras after firing the cannon.
 

 

 

 

 


 

SGT Tom McRae Receives Van Through Help Our Military Heroes
 

Thanks to funding received through our annual sporting clays shoot-out, The Patrick Williamson Memorial Foundation, LLC donated to Help Our Military Heroes and aided in purchasing a fully equipped handicapped vehicle for SGT Tom McRae, USMC.  

 

SGT Tom McRae served three combat tours in Iraq and was serving his second tour of duty in Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated under him while on foot.  He lost both of his legs, his left arm and sustained injuries to his brain and eyes.  His new vehicle is customized to fit his specific needs as a result of his injuries.

 

Help Our Military Heroes, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of wounded military men and women, is one of the many recipients of funding raised through the Patrick Williamson Memorial Foundation.  Pictured below, from left to right: Carolee Ryan (McRae's mother), Laurie Hollander (Help Our Military Heroes), Marybeth Vandergrift (Help Our Military Heroes), SGT Tom McRae and his daughter, Aidan.

 

 

 

 


 

2014 St. Thomas More Scholarship Recipient
 

Kaleb Ardoin received the 2014 St. Thomas More Scholarship on behalf of the Patrick Williamson Memorial Foundation, LLC.  In a letter from Kaleb to the Williamsons, he states, "I hold this award with the true gravity it deserves; I was chosen for this award because of the traits I share with Patrick, and I can assure you it was not in vain.  I am humbled by this award and am further motivated to improve myself for the simple fact of what I represent in receiving this award."  Pictured below: Buddy Williamson, Kaleb Ardoin and Sybil Williamson. 
 

2014 STM Recipient Kaleb Ardoin

 


 

2014 St. Cecilia Scholarship Recipient
 

Jean-Paul Leblanc received the 2014 St. Cecilia Scholarship on behalf of the Patrick Williamson Memorial Foundation, LLC.  Pictured below are Sybil Williamson, Jean-Paul Leblanc and Buddy Williamson. 
 

Jean-Paul Leblanc 2014 St. Cecilia Recipient

 


 

2014 Good Morning Acadiana Interview 


 

UL ROTC Receives Donation from Foundation

UL ROTC was presented with a check from the Patrick Williamson Memorial Foundation at their Commissioning Ceremony in May 2014.  Pictured below are Sybil Williamson, SFC Terrance Scott, C/MAJ Kyle Welsh, C/1SG Andre Thibodeaux and Mike Musso. 
 

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SFC Neal Boyd Receives Customized Vehicle from Foundation

 "I don't pray for God to take my problems away, I pray only for God to give me the strength to go through them."
SFC Neal Boyd, from Haynesville, LA, was the recipient of a customized vehicle donated by the Patrick Williamson Memorial Foundation.   SFC Boyd, a retired veteran with over 21 years of service, and who has served in several wars throughout his military career, was severely wounded in 2011 when an IED explosion caused several injuries resulting in the amputation of his right leg and permanent nerve damage in his left foot, as well as several other disabilities caused from the bomb.   He is also the recipient of many honors including the Charles R. Scovillle Leadership Award (an award given to individuals that inspire others to overcome daily obstacles), a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, 5 Army Commendation Medals, Meritorious Service Medal, 5 Army Achievement medals, Army Good Conduct Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.  SFC Boyd is an exemplary veteran as well as human being. He attributes his ability to thrive, despite his injuries, to God and his family, who have been by his side throughout the many years of his service and rehabilitation.

 

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WR recruit making most of Army invitation, opportunity

 


When Trey Quinn was offered a chance to play in next January’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl, he had a special reason for accepting the invitation.

 

Sure, the game matches up many of the nation’s best football prospects and it is televised live nationally by NBC. The U.S. Army game, initiated in 2000, is also the longest running national all-star game for football prospects.  But it is the mission behind the game—to promote the U.S. Army and America’s military objectives—that meant something extra to Quinn.

 

Quinn, a standout wide receiver at Lake Charles (La.) Barbe, is playing in the Army game to honor the memory of a cousin, Patrick Williamson, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2009. Williamson, a cousin on Quinn’s mother’s side of the family, was a Louisiana native and a college student for two years before he enlisted in the Army in 2006. On Oct. 27, 2009, Sgt. Williamson was killed in the Arghandab Valley of Afghanistan when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IED).

 

“My family was devastated,” Quinn said of his cousin’s passing.  “He was a great guy. We would always get together for the holidays. Patrick, like his brother Max, was a big strong guy who we all looked up to and admired. When the Army All-American opportunity arose, we immediately thought about the connection with Patrick and the Army.”

 

“My middle school football team wore helmet stickers in honor of Patrick in 2009 and his memory lives on not only in our house but with others as well due to his foundation. My Aunt Sybil, Uncle Buddy and their family run a foundation in Patrick's name that raises funds to support our wounded veterans and those currently serving in many different ways. They also give scholarships to local schools.”

 

“Our real heroes are not athletes,” Quinn added. “They are the soldiers like Patrick who fight for our freedom so that people like me can enjoy the opportunities that God has blessed me with. Hopefully I can use this blessing to honor Patrick, his family, all of our fallen heroes and their loved ones, as well as those that continue to put themselves in harm's way for our protection.”

 

Quinn’s father, Dave, said the idea to play in the Army game first came up when one of Quinn’s Barbe teammates, DeSean Smith, was selected to play in the 2013 game this past January.  “They came to the school and tied it in to a Veteran’s Day presentation,” Dave Quinn said. “It kind of hit me. Trey and I talked about this. We said it would be such a great way to honor him. If we could use a blessing somebody has given him, we thought it would be great.  They have a foundation in Patrick’s name that they use to give scholarships. He was just a great All-American kid. Like all military families, everybody was proud but it was also such a huge loss. He was a kid just getting started with his life.”

 

 
Source:  http://tablet.sportingnews.com/2013-04-29/ncaaf-quinn-making-most-of-chance.html
Author:  Steve Helwagen, 247sports.com

 


Global Project Management awards Sgt. Patrick Oliver Williamson Memorial Training Grant to U.S. Military Veterans 

 

Trey Miller, PMP
Vice President of Educational Services
January 10, 2013
 

"At Global PM, we are very grateful for the sacrifices our men and women in uniform make on a daily basis and we wanted to give a little something back” Miller said. “In this economic climate, there is great difficulty for military veterans trying to re-enter the workforce and that is why we decided to award three training grants to U.S. military veterans each year to help them gain valuable skills.”

 

“This grant is especially meaningful to me because it is one small way to honor my father who is a service-disabled Vietnam War veteran and my cousin, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2009” Miller said.

 

The training grant can be used for any Oracle Primavera software course offered at Global PM’s corporate headquarters. The Sgt. Patrick Oliver Williamson Memorial Training Grant is open to veterans of all branches of the United States Armed Forces, as well as National Guard and Armed Forces Reserves.

 

2013 Recipients

 

Mr. Travis Legare
Mr. Legare joined the army in 1996 after two years of college. He joined as a combat engineer and medic, made SGT and then went to OCS at Fort Benning, GA and became an officer. He was stationed at several posts: Fort Riley, KS, Fort Leonardwood, MO, Fort Carson, CO to name a few. Mr. Legare did two tours in Iraq from 2003-2005 as part of the 4th ID as a Combat Engineer Platoon Leader.


Mr. Legare currently works for Ames Construction in Phoenix, Arizona as a Project Manager. According to Mr. Legare, "Ames has given me a great life after my military service and I have a beautiful wife and four awesome children. This is something I never really thought I would have when I got out and was faced with trying to transition back to “normal” life." Mr. Legare also added "I genuinely appreciate Global PM's efforts in giving back to the veteran community."


Mr. Chad M. Chauvin, P.E., PMP
Mr. Chauvin enlisted in the U.S. Army in January 1997 and served until October 2007, attaining the rank of Captain. He served as the Headquarters Company Executive Officer during Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2004-2006 for the 1-155th Mechanized Infantry Battalion of the Mississippi National Guard. His unit was stationed at Forward Operating Base Iskandariyah, Iraq, on the banks of the Euphrates River.


Currently, Mr. Chauvin is a key Project Manager with the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, the State agency responsible for developing and implementing the groundbreaking Louisiana Coastal Restoration Master Plan, an internationally-acclaimed vision to reverse decades of debilitating damage to the State’s coast, and to preserve and protect its unique wetlands for generations to come. Mr. Chauvin resides in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife and three children.

 

Source:  http://globalpmcorp.com/patrickwilliamson.php
Author:  Trey Miller, PMP, Global PM, Vice President of Educational Services

 


2013 Patrick Williamson Memorial Foundation Award Recipients 


The Patrick Williamson Memorial Foundation selected Joshua Ardoin as the 2013 scholarship recipient from St. Cecilia School in Broussard, LA. The committee selected Joshua based on several of his outstanding characteristics. For instance, he claims the highlight of attending St. Cecilia was when he was selected to lay a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery during a 7th grade field trip. Additionally, Joshua recently won the Knights of Columbus essay contest for his essay entitled “What Does a Free and Strong America Mean to Me?” Outside of school, he loves three things: the LSU Tigers, sports and American History. His passion for history is further enforced through his time spent with his grandfather as a Civil War re-enactor. The Patrick Williamson Memorial Foundation would like to congratulate Joshua Ardoin on his outstanding achievements and his selection as our 2013 8th grade scholarship recipient.



Elliott “Trap” Trepagnier, a St. Thomas More High School senior, is the 2013 recipient of the Patrick Williamson Memorial Foundation’s annual scholarship. The committee selected Elliott based on several characteristics, including his academic and personal accomplishments and goals. During his time at STM, Elliott was a member of the football and track and field teams all four years. He was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, an academic letterman, a Top Cat recipient for his junior and senior years, and the recipient of the Eraste Autin Fighting Heart Award. Outside of school, Elliott has a passion for spending time with his family and friends. He loves fishing, hunting and clay shooting. Elliott will be attending UL in the fall, majoring in Petroleum or Mechanical Engineering. The Patrick Williamson Memorial Foundation would like to congratulate Elliott Trepagnier on his outstanding achievements and his selection as out 2013 12th grade scholarship recipient.



University of Louisiana ROTC was presented with a check from the Patrick Williamson Memorial Foundation to SFC Scott and C/1LT Welsh .


2012 Patrick Williamson Memorial Foundation Award Recipients

In addition to the scholarship award, the foundation also donates a fully outfitted van to one of America's wounded warriors. The van was customized for the recipient's specific handicap. Sybil & Buddy Williamson traveled to Washington to present the customized van to Captain Ben Harrow and his family. Cpt Harrow was wounded in Afghanistan in May of 2012.

 



Brennan Burch is an 8th grader from St. Cecilia in Lafayette, LA. Sybil Williamson, Patrick Williamson's mother, attended the ceremony to present the award to Brennan



Jacques Dugas was the 2012 high school senior recipient of a Patrick Williamson Memorial Foundation scholarship in May. Jacques attended St. Thomas More High School and is now a freshman at Louisiana State University (LSU).