Sergeant Colton Levi Derr Foundation prepares for annual Gala fundraiser

The Gallantly Forward Gala will be coming up on October 16 and the funds help to support the mission.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Sergeant Colton Levi Derr Foundation was founded by the family of Colton Derr, a young veteran that silently suffered from PTSD and fell to suicide in 2012.

The mission of the organization is to advocate, assist and bring awareness of the battles that veterans and active duty military face when they come home and connecting veterans back into civilian life.

The outreach also gives soldiers and their families resources to problem solve their needs.

Sergeant Colton Levi Derr

Sergeant Colton Levi Derr

Sergeant Colton Levi Derr

The annual Gallantly Forward Gala supports the nonprofits’ mission.

Tickets are on sale now which include a dinner and a live and silent auction along with a presentation and musical entertainment.

© Sgt. Colton Levi Derr foundation hosts annual Gallantly Forward Gala . Oct. 22,2017

Josephine Dirksen, VP of the Sergeant Colton Levi Derr Foundation, says the donations are helping the recipients and their families heal.

“And these men and women will reach out to us even years later and just say, ‘You have changed my life, and this is what has happened since you’ve helped me,’ and just so your donations matter and they make a difference in these men’s and women’s lives and their families life as well,” said Dickinson.

The event is on Saturday, October 16. You can also buy a ticket for a veteran if you are unable to attend.

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. with event ceremonies kicking off at 5:45 p.m. Tickets are $35 and must be purchased in advance. Table sponsorships are also available.

All donations are tax-deductible. Please contact the organization for auction items or purchase tickets. Tickets can be purchased online at
More about the foundation:
Founded in 2012, SCLDF is steadfast in our three-fold mission: Veteran Advocacy, Assistance, and Public Awareness of the battles our heroes face when they come home. All of our staff volunteer their time in an effort to ensure our veterans know their is HOPE. Listening to someone in need – without judgement – is impactful. The SCLDF is proud to provide veterans with advocacy, financial support and targeted resources to problem-solve their individual requests.
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