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Austinites honor former Westlake student at second annual Heroes Rise fundraiser

Austinites honor former Westlake student at Heroes Rise event

Heroes Rise Fundraiser 2014 in Austin Adam Gregory, Elizabeth Smitheal, Rebekah Gregory, Paul Gregory
Adam Gregory, Elizabeth Smitheal, Rebekah Gregory, Paul Gregory Photos courtesy of Heroes Rise
Heroes Rise Fundraiser 2014 in Austin Bob Cheevers
Bob Cheevers performing. Photos courtesy of Heroes Rise
Heroes Rise Fundraiser 2014 in Austin Don Crow, Sammy & Lindsay Dillard
Don Crow, Sammy Dillard, Lindsay Dillard Photos courtesy of Heroes Rise
Heroes Rise Fundraiser 2014 in Austin Eddie Hooks, Wanda Stephens, Marilyn Hooks
Eddie Hooks, Wanda Stephens, Marilyn Hooks Photos courtesy of Heroes Rise
Heroes Rise Fundraiser 2014 in Austin Justin Schmidt, Weston Lipscomb, Josh & Bryn Williams
Justin Schmidt, Weston Lipscomb, Josh Williams, Bryn Williams Photos courtesy of Heroes Rise
Heroes Rise Fundraiser 2014 in Austin Kris Steinke, Ryan Seiders, Luke & Elizabeth Brenner
Kris Steinke, Ryan Seiders, Luke Brenner, Elizabeth Brenner Photos courtesy of Heroes Rise
Heroes Rise Fundraiser 2014 in Austin Matt Root, Pepper & Charlie Amman
Matt Root, Pepper Amman, Charlie Amman Photos courtesy of Heroes Rise
Heroes Rise Fundraiser 2014 in Austin Meggan & Don Crow
Meggan Crow, Don Crow Photos courtesy of Heroes Rise
Heroes Rise Fundraiser 2014 in Austin Adam Gregory, Elizabeth Smitheal, Rebekah Gregory, Paul Gregory
Heroes Rise Fundraiser 2014 in Austin Bob Cheevers
Heroes Rise Fundraiser 2014 in Austin Don Crow, Sammy & Lindsay Dillard
Heroes Rise Fundraiser 2014 in Austin Eddie Hooks, Wanda Stephens, Marilyn Hooks
Heroes Rise Fundraiser 2014 in Austin Justin Schmidt, Weston Lipscomb, Josh & Bryn Williams
Heroes Rise Fundraiser 2014 in Austin Kris Steinke, Ryan Seiders, Luke & Elizabeth Brenner
Heroes Rise Fundraiser 2014 in Austin Matt Root, Pepper & Charlie Amman
Heroes Rise Fundraiser 2014 in Austin Meggan & Don Crow

What: Second annual Heroes Rise fundraiser

The lowdown: Close to 200 Austinites gathered at a private residence on September 13 to honor the legacy of Westlake native and football standout Mark Fitzgibbons, a U.S. Army and Afghanistan veteran who passed away in 2012. During the event, guests raised more than $13,000 for national nonprofit, Heroes Project. Sponsors included YETI Coolers, Texas Disposal Systems, Covert Auto Group, Deep Eddy Vodka, Dolce Vida Tequila and Capitol Beverage. 

"We host the annual Heroes Rise fundraiser not only in memory of Mark but also to serve all those who have served us," host Kathleen Seiders said. "PTS is a very serious consequence of combat. We donate the funds to Heroes Project to help  the recovery of service members who struggle with PTS daily."

Who: Kathleen Seiders, Weston Lipscomb, Adam Gregory, Elizabeth Smitheal, Rebekah Gregory, Paul Gregory, Don Crow, Sammy Dillard, Lindsay Dillard, Kris Steinke, Ryan Seiders, Luke Brenner, Elizabeth Brenner.