“Gallantly Forward GALA’

 For Immediate Release: Sunday, 9 October 2016  

CONTACT: Jerry W. Derr

Rapid City, SD- Sergeant Colton Levi Derr Foundation (SCLDF) announces their Annual Gala in support of veterans on Saturday, 22 October.  The gala fundraiser will be held at The Rushmore Plaza Civic Center - LaCroix Hall, in Rapid City, SD.  Doors will open at 5 p.m. with event ceremonies kicking off at 5:45 p.m. Tickets are $35 and must be purchased in advance. 

Dr. Julie Ertz will MC the evening and former U.S. Army Captain Neil Fotre is the night’s main speaker. The gala which will feature a social hour, dinner, a silent/live auction and music from Orion Potter and Mark Williams. A business evening attire is recommended but not required.

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.

Come join us for the evening and honor our heroes. Help us raise awareness about the issues facing our warriors: PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), veteran suicide, homelessness, multiple deployments and the effect they have on our veterans and their families. 

Why do we fight to stop the 20+ veterans who succumb to suicide every day? Sergeant Colton Levi Derr suffered with Post PTSD following his combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. In support of American’s War on Terror during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring freedom, SGT Derr, U.S. Army 1st Calvary Division completed over 500 combat missions. Six weeks after returning stateside from his Afghanistan mission - Colton succumbed to suicide.

Colton’s father, Jerry Derr states, “Deployments find mission, duty and camaraderie.  Coming home does not always mean peace, but often reveals confusion, turmoil, anger, depression and isolation.”

 

Sergeant Colton Levi Derr Foundation “Gallantly Forward Gala’

For Immediate Release: Sunday, 18 October 2015  
CONTACT: Jerry W. Derr  / 605-545-2505

We invite you to our annual gala in support of veterans on Saturday, 24 October 2015.  Help us raise awareness about the issues facing our warriors: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), veteran suicide, homelessness, multiple deployments and the effect they have on our veterans and their families.  Veterans from the Black Hills area will be in attendance and your presence and community support will be met with much respect.  If you can’t attend our event, we ask that you consider sponsoring a veteran in your stead.

The gala fundraiser will be held at The Rushmore Plaza Civic Center - LaCroix Hall, Rapid City, SD. Doors will 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.  The evening will feature a social hour, dinner, a silent/live auction and music from The Potter Family.  A business evening attire is recommended but not required. 

Dr. Julie Ertz will MC the evening and active duty U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Stephen Daniel is the night’s main speaker. SSG Daniel is currently stationed at Fort Bragg with 5th Battalion/ Special Warfare Training Group in language school as a part of entry training for psychological operations.  Married with three sons; SSG Daniel and his wife Crystal have experienced multiple deployments since his Army enlistment in 2006. 

Why do we fight to stop the 22+ veterans who succumb to suicide every day? Sergeant Colton Levi Derr suffered with Post PTSD following his combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.  In support of American’s War on Terror during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring freedom, SGT Derr, U.S. Army 1st Calvary Division completed over 500 combat missions. Colton succumbed to suicide on April 28, 2012 following his Afghanistan mission.  

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.  Colton’s father, Jerry Derr states, “Deployments find mission, duty and camaraderie.  Coming home does not always mean peace, but often reveals confusion, turmoil, anger, depression and isolation.”

We honor Colton by assisting his fellow veterans and their families and respectfully ask that you become involved in this battle.

For more information: www.sergeantderrfoundation.org  

Sergeant Colton Levi Derr Foundation 5K Walk/10K Run

 For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 17, 2015

CONTACT: Haley Derr 

Sergeant Colton Levi Derr Foundation 5K Walk/10K Run

Caputa, SD - Sergeant Colton Levi Derr Foundation (SCLDF) announces its 3rd Annual Sergeant Colton Levi Derr Foundation 5K Walk/10K Run in support of veterans on Sunday, July 5.  The 5K Run/10K walk will be held at Founders Park in Rapid City.  Registration to start at 0830 HRS.  Run to commence at 0900 HRS. The price is $20 per runner, kids 10 and under are free. There will be prizes and awards after the run.  Proceeds to benefit SCLDF. 

Come join us for the day and honor our heroes. Help us raise awareness about the issues facing our warriors: PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), veteran suicide, homelessness, multiple deployments and the effect they have on our veterans and their families.

  • To pre-register for the run, please fill out the registration form at the following link.  http://www.sergeantderrfoundation.org/registration/
  • For more information about the run please contact Haley Derr at 605-209-2308 or at haley@sergeantderrfoundation.org

2015 KC's Charity Golf Tournament

 For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 27, 2015

CONTACT: Haley Derr 

2015 KC's Charity Golf Tournament

Caputa, SD - Sergeant Colton Levi Derr Foundation (SCLDF) announces its participation in the Knights of Columbus St. Therese Council 8025 charity golf tournament in support of veterans on Saturday, June 27.  The charity golf tournament will be held at Fountain Springs Golf Course.  Tournament to start at 8 a.m. The tournament will be a 4-man scramble.  The price is $85 per player and your team must be registered in advance.  Proceeds to benefit SCLDF.

Come join us for the day and honor our heroes. Help us raise awareness about the issues facing our warriors: PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), veteran suicide, homelessness, multiple deployments and the effect they have on our veterans and their families.

  • To register your team for the tournament, please fill out the registration form at the following link.  http://www.sergeantderrfoundation.org/registration/
  • For more information about the tournament please contact Haley Derr at 605-209-2308 or at haley@sergeantderrfoundation.org

Sergeant Colton Levi Derr 1st Annual Gala

 For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 14, 2014  

CONTACT: Jerry W. Derr 

  1st Annual Sergeant Colton Levi Derr Foundation Gala 

Caputa, SD  - The Sergeant Colton Levi Derr Foundation (SCLDF) announces their 1st Annual Gala in support of veterans on Saturday, Oct. 25.  The gala fundraiser will be held at The Central States Fair Grounds (Rapid City) in the Fine Arts building. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with event ceremonies kicking off at 5:45 p.m. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance. 

Dr. Julie Ertz will host and retired U.S. Army SFC Troy Spear is the night’s main speaker. The gala will feature a social hour, dinner, a silent/live auction and a dance with live music by Brandon Jones and The Thirsty Fish.  A business evening attire is recommended but not required.  

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. 

Sergeant Colton Levi Derr suffered with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) following his combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.  In support of American’s War on Terror during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring freedom, SGT Derr, US Army 1st Calvary Division completed over 500 combat missions. Six weeks after returning stateside from his Afghanistan mission - Sergeant Derr succumbed to suicide. 

Colton’s father, Jerry Derr states, “Deployments find mission, duty and camaraderie.  Coming home does not always mean peace, but often reveals confusion, turmoil, anger, depression and isolation. To end the pain - an estimated 22+ veterans and one active duty soldier succumb to suicide every day.”  

Come join us for the evening and honor our heroes. Help us raise awareness about the issues facing our warriors: PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), veteran suicide, homelessness, multiple deployments and the effect they have on our veterans and their families.