In Memory of 1LT Weston Lee
Raising $100,000 to establish a scholarship in the name of 1LT Weston Lee. Any extra proceeds will be donated to the family to help pay for funeral expenses.
1LT Weston Lee was killed in action in Mosul, Iraq the morning of April 29, 2017. 1LT was there serving as a platoon leader in the 82nd Airborne Division's Second Brigade Combat Team. He died from wounds sustained from the detonation of an improvised explosive device (IED).
Weston, as a brother, man, and warrior, was larger than life. Among his fraternity and University, Weston has left a legacy characterized by duty, sacrifice, and selfless service.
Weston was a brother of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, in the Georgia Delta Chapter at the University of North Georgia. Our chapter has the goal of establishing an SAE schoarship in Weston's name, in hopes of rewarding young men who live Weston's legacy of dedication and service.
To achieve this goal, we need to raise $25, 000. GoFundMe is just the first means to reach this end, as we are also planning on fundraising by selling KIA braclets, and possibly memorial t-shirts. Whatever funds are left over we will donate to the family, in hopes of relieving the financial burden placed upon them by arranging his funeral.
Please, any size donation will help. We know this is am ambitious goal, but we, as a chapter, are determined to see it realized, as Weston's legacy needs to live on.
The brothers of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and the North Georgia community have been touched by the amazing things accomplished by all of you. As he lays in his final resting place, I am sure that Weston feels all the love you all have shown.
Just a reminder that the GoFundMe will close at midnight tonight. Please get the word out one last time. Thank you again for all your support.
Here is the Shopify account, mentioned in the previous update
We have decided to make a deadline for donations. The deadline is midnight on Thursday, May 25, the same day as Weston's funeral at the Arlington National Cemetery.
Thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing many of you in Arlington.
For other ways to give, check out our Shopify account, where we are selling KIA bracelets, as well as the opportunity to donate directly to the family. All proceeds on the site go to the Lee family.
First off, I want to say thank you to everyone who donated yesterday, whether it be $5 or $1000. You all have been a part of something amazing, thank you so much.
We had no expectations to make our goal so quickly. Originally, we had expected to hardly make the $25k goal, and if so, just barely. Thank you for proving us wrong.
Moving forward, we are looking at restructuring and reorganizing. Most importantly, we have solidified how this scholarship will be established, and are working at creating a Board of Directors for the scholarship. The funds collected (with an amount so far undetermined which will be set aside to assist the Lee family) will be deposited into a scholarship endowment with the University of North Georgia. The qualifications of the scholarship are tentative, but we want to make it clear that this scholarship will be accessible to all contracted cadets at UNG, not just brothers of SAE.
Furthermore, it is obvious that our original goal of $25,000 was not ambitious enough. The more funds we raise, the more valuable and sustainable this amazing scholarship will be.
Weston always made sure he pushed everyone to limits greater than they thought they could achieve, so it is of no surprise that he is continuing his legacy with us today.
We surpassed our goal for the scholarship in less than 24 hours. And now we must set our sights higher, and are raising the bar to $100,000.
Please help us get the word out by sharing and donating. Weston was a giant among men, and he would want this scholarship to reflect that.
Tune into WDUN radio (102.9FM) at around 6:10pm this evening to hear an interview with myself and Nick Shaw about the cause.
Thank you again, and we are looking forward to accomplishing things as amazing as Weston's legacy.
Our prayers for his family, friends and those he served with. This scholarship fund is a wonderful way to keep his memory and sacrifice alive. He will never be forgotten. http://www.aherostribute.org/1LT_Weston_C_Lee_Memorial.html