The Patterson Foundation announced the launch of its Legacy of Valor campaign Friday, April 5. The yearlong campaign will honor veterans and their families through community partnerships and events, and the campaign is an extension of the foundation’s partnership with the National Cemetery Administration to construct the ceremonial amphitheater, named Patriot Plaza, at Sarasota National Cemetery.
Patriot Plaza is expected to open in spring 2014, and Patterson Foundation CEO Debra Jacobs says she wanted to take advantage of the year leading up to the dedication to inspire Sarasota residents with a series of arts performances, educational programs and services.
“We wanted to create a tapestry of opportunities to learn about what’s going on in our community and with our veterans and their families,” said Jacobs. “Our aspiration is to honor veterans, inspire patriotism and embrace freedom. The Legacy of Valor campaign will also generate interest in the Patriot Plaza and create a lasting pride in Sarasota.”
Beginning now, and continuing into summer, the Patterson Foundation is asking community organizations to collaborate with one another to use their existing activities and events to inform people of the military and veteran activities in Sarasota and honor our service men and women.
During a celebration luncheon Friday, April 5, the Patterson Foundation announced the first 17 community partnerships, including the Sarasota Chalk Festival, which will adopt a Legacy of Valor theme next year, the Sarasota Film Festival, which will incorporate an “Acts of Valor” film series, the Ringling Museum, which will host a photo exhibition and Sarasota Military Academy, which will continue its ‘Wreaths Across America” campaign.
Jacobs says the campaign will not only honor veterans, but also fit in with the Patterson Foundation’s mission to create partnerships and collaborations within the community.
“It would be nice if some of these organizations continued to work together after the campaign,” she said. “I’m excited to see what might bubble up through these collaborations and see how they connect. The Patterson Foundation is about creating connective tissues to create new realities, and this is an excellent opportunity opportunity to make that happen.”