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Foundation Matches Community Donations Supporting Local Troops

The Patterson Foundation, in support of its Legacy of Valor campaign honoring veterans and their families in Southwest Florida, announced Saturday it matched $1,500 in donations made by Bealls customers to Manasota Operation Troop Support (MOTS) during the Stories of Valor USO-style show at McKechnie Field in Bradenton.

The community promotion, launched in Manatee County Bealls stores in March through April 11, was created through a collaboration between Realize Bradenton and the Bradenton-based retailer as part of the “Stories of Valor” Legacy of Valor partnership. The donations will benefit local Sarasota and Manatee troops serving abroad and their families.

“When The Patterson Foundation created the Legacy of Valor campaign to honor veterans, inspire patriotism and embrace freedom, we hoped it would bring our community together in support of veterans and their families,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “Thanks to outstanding partners like Realize Bradenton, caring businesses like Bealls and groups like MOTS, our generous community responded to the needs of our local veterans.”

MOTS, a local nonprofit supporting service members from Manatee and Sarasota counties before, during and after deployment, has been a beneficiary of several Legacy of Valor events since the campaign began last year. Since 2007, the group has helped local troops serving in the Middle East and elsewhere by sending them care packages of donated comfort goods and providing veterans’ families with necessities.

For more information about MOTS, please visit: http://mots-online.org/.                                            

About The Patterson Foundation

The Patterson Foundation believes that through communications, technology, and financial innovations, improvements may be achieved that transcend any single issue, entity, or geographic area. The Foundation provides resources to facilitate, expedite and share methods, techniques and tools, joining with others in creating new realities. For more information, please visitwww.thepattersonfoundation.org

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