Thank you to our sponsors and everyone who attended the inaugural Sheepdog Connection benefit “Celebrating Ryan’s Legacy” in April and all of you who generously donate to Sheepdog Connection. With you, we positively impact the lives of young men in our community and honor the life and legacy of Ryan FitzGerald.
With your generous donations given at our “Celebrating Ryan’s Legacy” benefit, we were able to provide growth opportunities for several young men who exemplify the Sheepdog qualities. Here are the updates on those men and the experiences they had thanks to your donations and Sheepdog Connection.
All the best,
Tim, Jean and Kaitlin FitzGerald
Next Sheepdog Connection Benefit:
Please plan on joining us! August 4th, 2018 at The Metropolitan Club in Atlanta, GA.
CHRIST IN THE ROCKIES
Christ in the Rockies is a program held in Estes Park, Colorado whose mission is to help fathers and sons gain an understanding of manhood from God’s perspective. This summer, Sheepdog Connection sent Mike and Mitch Liermann on this incredible trip. Throughout the week, this camp allows fathers to mentor their sons on their journey while involving outdoor adventure activities to strengthen their bond. In turn, this gives these young men the strength and guidance they need to follow in their father’s footsteps, and become a man of God. Mike and Mitch sat down to tell us about their experience with Christ in the Rockies.
UGANDA MISSIONS TRIP: HANDS OF LOVE USA – NORTH POINT COMMUNITY CHURCH-GLOBAL X
Due to logistical reasons, we were unable to sponsor two of Ryan’s Sigma Pi fraternity brothers to go to the Hands of Love (HOL) orphanages in Uganda. While we were saddened that we were unable to send anyone to Hands of Love this year, we look forward to partnering with them in 2018. After learning we would not have a Hands of Love mission, we were connected with a high school group leader from North Point Community Church who was leading an NPCC Global X mission trip to Uganda. Sheepdog Connection was honored to help sponsor a portion of the group of 20 who were going on the mission trip. One of those members was Logan Racine. Logan is a currently senior at Lambert High School and a member of North Point Community Church. This was Logan’s second mission trip, but his first trip to Uganda. Logan took the time to share some of his experience with us.
SHEEPDOG OF THE YEAR
The Sheepdog of the Year Scholarship is awarded to one senior from Lambert High School. This scholarship goes to a student who fully embodies what it means to be a “sheepdog.” This year, Evan Thomes was chosen as the recipient for displaying key Sheepdog qualities such as, dependability, loyalty, and service to others. Thomes explained that, “[Being a sheepdog] is about putting the needs and wants of family, friends, and strangers above my own”. Thomes believes that you should “practice what you preach” and it shows in his work as past president of Blessings in a Backpack. This organization feeds over 200 Forsyth County elementary and middle school students every Friday, who might otherwise go hungry. Thomes said it best, “overall, being a sheepdog is about serving those around you who will in turn become a Sheepdog themselves”.
What we’ve been able to accomplish in the past year with your generous support is nothing short of miraculous. We hope you will continue to partner with us as we grow these scholarships and the number of young men we can positively influence.
In 2018, Sheepdog Connection already has opportunities to sponsor four Sigma Pi fraternity brothers interested in travelling to Uganda on a mission trip with Hands of Love. We have also received 3 father/son requests for scholarships to Christ in the Rockies. Please consider partnering with us to make these scholarships a reality as part of your year-end giving.