Patriot Foundation to Host Soldiers Appreciation Dinner at Pinehurst Resort

On Aug. 27, Patriot Foundation supporters will once again gather in person at the Soldiers Appreciation Dinner to honor the sacrifices of military families and celebrate the more than $2.2 million in scholarship funds awarded since January 2020. Top military officials, veterans, active-duty personnel, state legislators, nonprofit leaders, and corporate donors will be among the approximately 300 attendees. 

The dinner, now in its 18th year, returns to the Grand Ballroom of the Pinehurst Resort Carolina Hotel following a hiatus in 2020 and 2021. Patriot Foundation leaders will share more about the NC Patriot Star Family Recovery Scholarship Program, which focuses on assisting eligible family members of fallen or disabled veterans or injured service members who wish to attend post-secondary institutions. Applications are open for the fall 2022 semester, with funding ready to be awarded. Applicants must be residents of North Carolina attending or planning to attend a North Carolina institution and meet certain income criteria.

Carson Cole — a Patriot Foundation scholarship recipient whose father was killed in action in 2009 — will serve as keynote speaker. Cole recently graduated from N.C. State University with a degree in electrical engineering; he is now working for a global engineering company in Holly Springs.

The foundation will present two awards at this year’s dinner — one civilian award and another recognizing a military service member. Amanda Radcliffe from Vertex, Inc. will be named Exemplary Patriot (a civilian award), in appreciation of her inspiring philanthropic leadership. SGM Matthew Williams — a Medal of Honor recipient who led a counterattack across a valley of ice-covered boulders while stationed in Afghanistan in 2008 — will be named Patriot Honoree. 

The evening will also feature a performance by Fayetteville’s own 82nd Airborne Chorus, which recently made TikTok famous for its pre-parachute jump rendition of “My Girl.” 

“We are excited to gather in person and thank those who have made our growth possible, while also toasting to an even brighter future,” says Patriot Foundation Executive Director Barrett Walker. “Our organization is committed to serving even more military families, and there’s no better way to do that than ensuring they have access to education.”

Based in Pinehurst and founded in 2003, Patriot Foundation provides educational scholarships — totaling over $8 million to date — to the children and spouses of service men and women killed, wounded, or injured while serving our nation. Learn more at

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