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Gallantly Forward Gala – Sergeant Colton Levi Derr Foundation – Monument in Rapid City South Dakota
October 16 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDTFree
We cordially invite you to our 8th annual ‘Gallantly Forward Gala’ to be held on Saturday, 16 October 2021 at The Monument in Rapid City. Please join our resolve to raise awareness about the demons our warriors battle: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury .TBI
The gala event will feature a social hour, dinner, speakers, music and a silent/live auction. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. with event ceremonies kicking off at 5:45 p.m. Tickets are $35 and must be purchased in advance. If you can’t attend, we ask that you consider sponsoring a veteran in your stead, or donate an item for the silent/live auction. All donations are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated.
Sergeant Colton Levi Derr battled the hidden enemy of PTSD and fell to suicide on April 28, 2012. During his deployments to Iraq (1st Cavalry Division) and Afghanistan (10th Mountain Division), Colton completed over 500 combat missions. His military leadership nicknamed him ‘Delta Derr’ because they had never seen a tougher soldier. A sentiment shared by his soldiers; he was a leader, mentor and brother to all. Though he battled PTSD during his last deployment – Colton kept the struggle to himself and appeared dauntless to his comrades. We honor Colton by assisting his fellow veterans and their families.
It’s intolerable that 20+ veterans fall to suicide every day. Founded in 2012, SCLDF is steadfast in our three-fold mission: Veteran Advocacy, Assistance, and Public Awareness of the battles our heroes face when they come home. All of our staff volunteer their time in an effort to ensure our veterans know their is HOPE. Listening to someone in need – without judgement – is impactful. The SCLDF is proud to provide our veterans with advocacy, financial support and targeted resources to problem-solve their individual requests.
Haley Austin Derr, President