Gallantly Forward Gala - 2018

For Immediate Release: Sunday, October 7, 2018

CONTACT: Jerry W. Derr 


 For Immediate Release: Sunday, October 7, 2018

CONTACT: Jerry W. Derr 


 Sergeant Colton Levi Derr Foundation ‘Gallantly Forward Gala’

Rapid City, SD—The Sergeant Colton Levi Derr Foundation (SCLDF) announces their 5th annual ‘Gallantly Forward Gala’ in support of  Veterans.  The event will be held on Saturday,  October 20, 2018 at The Rushmore Plaza Civic Center—LaCroix Hall, Rapid City, SD.  Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and event ceremonies kick-off at 5:45 p.m.  Tickets are $35 and must be purchased in advance.  Business evening attire is recommended, but not required.

The gala event will feature a social hour, dinner, guest speakers, silent/live auction, and live music. The event’s main speakers are First Sergeant Andrew MacVey, United States Army along with former Sergeant John Thomas, United States Army.  The Master of Ceremonies (MC) will be Dr. Julie Ertz, and opening ceremonies covered with engaging music by The Starfellows: 2 brothers—1 piano.   

If unable to attend the event, the SCLDF asks that you consider either sponsoring a veteran in your stead or donating an item for the silent/live auction.  All donations are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated.  

Founded in 2012, the SCLDF is steadfast in its three-fold mission of support: provide advocacy, assistance, and public awareness for the struggles veterans face when they return from deployments. Present day soldiers often face more than one deployment throughout their military careers. While on these deployments, soldiers have an overall mission. They feel united and develop a sense of duty and camaraderie.  However, coming home does not always mean peace, but often reveals confusion, turmoil, anger, depression, and isolation.  An estimated 20+ veterans and 1 active duty soldier succumb to suicide every day.

Sergeant Colton Levi Derr suffered with 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 Cavalry Division, completed over 500 combat missions.  Sergeant Colton Levi Derr succumbed to suicide on 28 APR 2012 following his Afghanistan mission. The SCLDF honors Colton by assisting his fellow veterans and their families and respectfully asks the community to become involved in this battle.