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Dream Never Dies Foundation event set for March

Feb. 27, 2013, Mississauga, Ont. - The Dream Never Dies Foundation in Memory of Lloyd Christopher Skeen (DNDF) presents Beyond Our Dreams, the tenth anniversary fundraising and awards dinner for the Lloyd Christopher Skeen Memorial Scholarship Fund.

February 27, 2013  By Carey Fredericks

Mr. Bill Shepard, President of the Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association and P-51 Red Tail pilot for the Commemorative Air Force, will be the Keynote Speaker at the event. Dinner and Entertainment will accompany the presentation of scholarships on March 2, 2013, at 7 p.m. at the Versailles Convention Centre, in Mississauga.

This year DNDF plans to provide approximately $10,000 in scholarship funds to student applicants that have demonstrated financial challenges. The event organizers are striving to provide a memorable “Beyond Our Dreams” experience. They present a night hosted by accomplished Toronto Lawyer, Donald McLeod, live musical performances by R&B singer Ray Robinson and a drumming display, amongst the recognitions of achievement. A silent auction boasts many covetable items, including spa and flight simulation packages.

Speaker of the evening, Mr. Bill Shepard, is one of just five persons of colour currently flying the Harvard/T-6 WWII fighter trainer. On his 48th birthday last year, he passed a flight test to become one of only two black men currently flying WWII era P-51 Mustangs. As part of The Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) “Rise Above” traveling exhibit, he flies a rare P-51C fighter named “Tuskegee Airmen,” in honour of those brave trailblazing souls who fought for freedom internationally and domestically. Flying the Red Tail Mustang has allowed Mr. Shepard to meet as many as 150 of The Tuskegee Airmen, including Roscoe C. Brown, the first pilot to shoot down an ME262 – the first German fighter jet plane. Shepard is a long-term supporter of DNDF and has also worked with the Foundation as a director for Urban Pilots Network (UPN).

The DNDF continues to seek out partnerships with the business community for support in the form of sponsorship, event attendance and silent auction item donations, as the Foundation continues to aid the educational pursuits of students.


Event Details:
Tickets for the dinner are $60.00 each and a table for 8 can be purchased for $480. Tickets are available through the Foundation 289-752-7603 and at the venue from 6:30 p.m. on March 2, 2013 -the day of the event. Versailles Convention Centre is located at 6721 Edwards Blvd, Mississauga, near Hurontario Street and Highway 401.


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