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Newsletter | January 2021

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a force of natureLast week, I went on a long bike ride on a crisp, beauful Florida morning. I set out on the trail with a strong tailwind helping me move at a personal record pace. With the rst leg of the ride behind me, it was me to turn around and head back. Aer refueling and geng back in the saddle, I set out to complete the 30 mile trek. Almost instantly, I was struck by strong, punishing headwinds sweeping in from the Gulf of Mexico. Against this force of nature, the return leg was going to be brutal. Determined to complete the trek and resigned to what I was facing, I put my head down and started moving. Every pedal turn and every inch behind me felt like a win - proof that a simple perspecve shi during dicult mes can welcome opportunies to celebrate.Entering 2020, the tailwinds were with Landon Padge Memorial Fund. We had begun planning our inaugural Run for a Dream 5K and 1M Fun Run and other fundraising acvies for the year. By March, the headwinds were strong. Enre cies were in lockdown. Gatherings were cancelled. People were isolang against the pandemic. Yet we remained commied to our mission, even if it meant a pivot from in-person events to virtual. Once again, our Landon Padge Memorial Fund family came through for us. If you’re reading this, then it’s likely you contributed to our success in 2020 and gave us reason to celebrate. You walked, ran or jogged the rst week of December. You created or donated to a Facebook birthday fundraiser. Maybe you gave a direct gi to one of our programs or gave in memory of a love one you lost. How ever you gave, your gis made 2020 the best year of fundraising for Landon Padge Memorial Fund - over $15,000 raised! You should be proud of what you accomplished since the organizaon launched in 2018. Because of you, we’ve raised over $10,000 to provide nancial support to low-income families of kids at the Sibley Heart Center Cardiology at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. And this Spring we will award numerous $2,000 scholarships bringing total scholarships awarded to Bleckley County graduang seniors to over $20,000.In every young person and family we help, we honor and remember Landon. He was condent and assured; certain of what he could accomplish and excited about life’s possibilies. He engaged the best of who he was while surrounded by friends and family who loved and supported him. That same spirit guided us in 2020 and connues to guide us into 2021.I don’t know what this new year has in store for us. I can’t know what new challenges will present themselves. But, I do know this. Our Landon Padge Memorial Fund family will be with us. Time and again, you’ve demonstrated your unwavering commitment to Landon’s remarkable legacy of service and goodwill. Our tailwinds are strong starng 2021, because you are a mighty force of nature.JANUARY 2021NEWSLETTERLANDONPADGETT.ORG5208 Bon Vivant Dr. #29Tampa, Florida33603TONY SHIVERFOUNDEREXECUTIVE DIRECTORDID YOU KNOW? Donors have contributed over $8,500 to Facebook Birthday Fundraisers since 2018!See “A Giving Checklist” on Page 4 to learn how you can create a Facebook fundraiser for LPMF. 1

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In December, we held our inaugural Run for a Dream 5K and 1M Fun Run. Originally planned as an in-person event in March 2020, we changed to a virtual event to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved. In the rst week of December, parcipants from all over the country walked, jogged, ran and hiked to show their support.We want to thank our sponsors and more than 120 parcipants who made the virtual event such a success! Thanks to your nancial support, we raised $5,007. The money raised from this event will help fund scholarships for graduang seniors at Bleckley County High School and provide much-needed support for low-income families of kids at the Sibley Heart Center Cardiology at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Thank you to everyone who parcipated. We can’t wait for the next (in-person) Run for a Dream!2

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32020 Donors and SuPportersThank you to the following organizaons, families and individuals who made generous gis and provided much needed support in 2020Adam and Kim BraxtonAisling BonnerAlan CaerAmanda BrownAmy GallagherAmy Trudeau StutzmanAna and Jacob LudwigThe Aren and Derek Pace FamilyAsa MathisAshley StowAt Home Senior LivingAusn PerezBanner ZimmermanBarb BrandtBernadee BrewerBill and Cathy CoodyBill ReusingBleckley Memorial HospitalBob ClarkBob and Sherry ColbyBob MyersBrad and Heather DavisBrandon and Kelly LandryDr. James and Mrs. Brenda CraneBrian JohnsonBriggs DominyBrynlee DykesBubba and Jo Ann PadgeCal MathisCameron FountainCanyon CrawfordChad NoblesCherika Johnson-GraysonChloe ConleyThe Cizens Bank of CochranCory MullisCory and Donna BlackwellThe Christopher and Jessica Foskey FamilyChristy BollineCVS of CochranDairy Queen of CochranDanielle HynesDanny and Selena PaceDavid BannerDavis PropaneDawne BryanDennis RichardsonDerek and Margaret PadgeDixie Lawn and Landscaping, Inc.Drew BevisDylan StricklandEddie and Debbie Van BurenEdwin PeacockElla JohnsonEli BelowerElisabeth ConleyElisabeth EdgeEliza AdamsElizabeth CowlesEmma HillEmily FloydEmily YoungbloodEnrique VellonEric KackerEric SumnerErika LudwigFaye BarrsFinley GardnerFranklin JohnsonGage FloydGage RogersThe Gibbs FamilyGrace DanielGreat Oaks BankHarrison RogersHart ChurchHayden BakerHeather JohnsonHelga StowHolly JenkinsHunter CardenJackie MillerJackie WilsonJacob and Janine DavisJake JohnsonJanice PadgeJan YeartyJanelle FloydJared KerseyThe Ryan and Jennifer Davis FamilyJeremy CorbeJerry SappJessica CapmanJessica Medus Jessica MenkeJimmy and Linda PadgeJimmy and Margaret KilpatrickJohna BowenThe Jonathan and Terri Dawson FamilyJon GilbertJosh LileJoshua MorrisJoy TaylorJulia LucasJulie ConklinKaren Ludwig SavoyKate WhelchelKeena GaynorKendra SkellenKelly FrancisKevin RoseThe Kitchens FamilyKristen Hanson AlexanderKyle YoungbloodLaura MienbergerLaura MoodyLauren SkinnerLayal NajaLeanna NoahLee ClontzLen and Janice PukeLeo Phillips IIILindsey DykesLonnie and Carol ThomasLuke ChurchwellLynn DaneMai Lei LongMalinda SentersMarcie SimpsonMargaret KilpatrickMary Anne SturdevanMary MinickMathis Funeral HomeMaya FrankMcDaniel PharmacyMcKinley CranfordMegan Hernbroth KahnMegan KeeseeMeghan DonderoMichele CranfordMike-Bobbie GribbleMinka FultonMiriam PecharNadine HollandNamon HuddlestonNancy CoonNathanael GilbertNed and Hope DowNichole Brewer DurdenPeachtree Insurance GroupPiper SimpsonPatricia ColemanPatrick TaylorPatrick WilmorePaulee and Lee WatsonPeggy BaugherRandi and Leo PhillipsReesie DillardRobert and Nancy SappRobin PukeSal and Heather Diamond-NajaSandy JarretSara McHaleSco and Danielle Pandoli AndrewsShari DobbsSharon HumphreyShaunda ScoShayna and Dave CranfordSherry and Wake ConklinSnow’s Asian GrillStacie McCarthyStacey LappState Bank of CochranState Farm Insurance - Lindsey Dykes, AgentSteve WalkerTeresa PukeTerry RutherfordTiany MullisTodd PriceTom and Crisne SchulzTristen CrosbyValerie MolinariVicki SpeckWill ScoWilliard ColeyOur Landon Padge Memorial Fund Scholarships program grants mulple awards annually to Bleckley County High School graduang seniors. In just the rst two years of the program, eleven college-bound seniors have received awards totalling $17,000. This year, we expect to award numerous $2,000 scholarships. The scholarship applicaon will open in February with completed applicaons due in late March. More informaon will available soon on Facebook and on our website at landonpadge.org/scholarships.2021 Board oF TrusteesOur Board of Trustees looks a lile dierent than it did last year at this me. Heather Diamond-Naja, one of our founding Board mem-bers and former vice-chair, stepped down in 2020. Since we launched in 2018, Heather has so graciously shared her me and talent to serve our organizaon. Thank you, Heather, for your steadfast commitment to Landon’s legacy and to our mission. You’ll always have a seat at our table.Nichole Brewer Durden joins LPMF with experience work-ing in operaons management and lives in Warner Robins, Georgia with her husband and three children. Nichole brings great enthusiasm and passion to the Board. We know she’ll have a big impact. Welcome, Nichole!Want to join our Board? We’re looking for new members passionate about our mis-sion and eager to make a dierence in their communies. Email us at info@landonpadge.org for more informaon.3

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AMAZON smile Do you shop on Amazon? If so, supporng LPMF is easy! Just go to instead of and select Landon Padge Memorial Fund. Then, every me you shop at, 0.5% of eligible purchases will support our programs. It’s that simple.A GIVING CHECKLISTOur donors have accomplished so much in nearly three years of Landon Padge Memorial Fund. Your gis have already changed the lives of children and young people.How can you help Landon Padge Memorial Fund do even more great work? Here are ve simple things you can do:100% of your donaon supportschildren andyoung people and is 100% tax deducbleGIVING IS EASYOnline Go to hp://www.landonpadge.org/give Then, select which program you’d like to support.MAILLandon Padge Memorial Fund 5208 Bon Vivant Drive #29Tampa, Florida 33603VOLUNTEERWe are dedicated to delivering life-changing programs.That somemes requires specialized skills in areas like markeng, social media, accounng and event planning. If you’re interested in volunteering, email info@landonpadge.org. Help us make a dierence!FACEBOOKDonors have raised over $8,500 for our programs by creang Facebook Birthday Fundraisers. So, like us on Facebook. Then, create a birthday fundraiser for LPMF. To get started, visit: hps://memorialfund/Tony ShiverChairmanMaya FrankTrusteeErika LudwigCo-Chair and SecretaryJimmy PadgeTrusteeSherry ConklinTrusteeNichole Brewer DurdenTrusteeAren PaceTreasurerLPMF BOARD OF TRUSTEES4