To all of my generous friends and family who contribute to amazing programs throughout the year. I have found another one for you to consider. Ben is a great young man from a terrific family. Please consider supporting his project.
A letter from Ben Shinkwin:
My name is Ben Shinkwin and I am a student at Central Catholic High School (CCHS) as well as a Boy Scout in Troop 194 of Modesto. I am currently working on my Eagle Scout Project, which is a very personal project benefiting the community.
The project I chose to do is to install an illuminated 60 ft. flagpole, memorial plaque, and greenery in the David Patton Field (the football field) at CCHS in dedication to Keith Altenhofen. Keith was a CCHS graduate, Class of 1986, went to college at St. Mary’s Moraga, Class of 1990, and then decided to join the United States Air Force. He was a dedicated individual who knew what it meant to take the extra step and to help people at all measures, even if it implied risking his life. Keith was a Major in the USAF, a helicopter pilot, and he rescued hundreds of men, women, and children out of harms way in Iraq and Afghanistan. Unfortunately, as a result of PTSD, he lost his life in early 2016 back here at home. Keith was a local boy who loved his family and friends, school, community, and country; that is why it is so fitting to make a memorial right where it all started. He is deeply loved and missed by many.
With your generosity and love for our community we live in, I am asking for a donation to help fund this project, not for me but for Keith. Any donation you can give would be greatly appreciated. Donations may be made by sending a check to: Central Catholic High School, 200 S. Carpenter Road, Modesto CA 95351. Please make checks payable to CCHS Foundation and be sure to note on the memo line “Keith Flagpole”. My goal is to raise $12,500 for this project by July 22, 2017 so all the pieces to the flagpole, cement, lighting, and plaque can be set in place and ready for the first home football game at Central Catholic High School on August 25th.
Thank you in advance for your help with my project. With your support we can accomplish this project in gratitude and respect towards Keith and his family, which still can’t compare to the sacrifices Major Keith Altenhofen made for us.
Thank you and God’s Blessings,
Ben Shinkwin, Troop 194
Central Catholic High School
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