Highly decorated military veteran to speak at Hodges reception

Hodges University will hold a private reception honoring the Fiddlesticks community for their many philanthropic works and their dedication to the community. The event, to be held at the Fiddlesticks Country Club on February 7th, will recognize the residents for their many years of fund raising efforts. The University will unveil a plaque at the reception, dedicating one of the classrooms at its Fort Myers campus in Fiddlesticks’ honor.

“It might come as a surprise to many at the amount of time, talent and treasures that Fiddlesticks has given to our community,” said Dr. Louis Traina, Vice President of University Advancement at Hodges. “The annual Bobby Nichols Golf Tournament alone has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for children’s charities, all due to the incredible humanitarian spirit that exists there. The fact that Fiddlesticks has chosen to host our upcoming Spring Golf Classic is an incredible gesture on the part of the community, and we are so honored by their participation.” Fiddlesticks will host the Hodges University 2008 Spring Golf Classic, which will be held at the community on May 10th

The reception will also update the community on the progress of Hodges University’s American Military Veterans Education Fund, which will benefit from half of the proceeds of the golf tournament. The other half will go to the regular scholarship fund. The American Military Veterans Education Fund was established in 2006 in order to provide scholarships for returning veterans. 

“We are seeing an urgent and present need for our returning veterans,” said Traina. “These heroes put their lives on hold to defend our country, and our eventual goal is to be able to provide scholarships to every veteran seeking higher education at Hodges University.”

Keynote speaker for the reception is General Charles C. Krulak, the 31st Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving from 1995 to 1999. General Krulak served in the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm. His military awards include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Distinguished Service and Defense Distinguished Service Medals. General Krulak will speak on behalf of soldiers returning from the Middle East, the challenges they face and the importance of an educational environment that is responsive to their unique academic needs. 

Other distinguished guests include Major General John T. (Mike) Coyne, U.S.M.C Retired; Major General James L. Dozier, U.S. Army Retired; Mr. Earl Hodges, Hodges University benefactor; and Dr. Terry McMahan, President of Hodges University.

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