Members of the Lake Allatoona Association met at J.D.’s on the Lake recently to present a donation to an organization helping the families of fallen and disabled service members.

Folds of Honor, which provides scholarship money to the spouses and children of service members who have been killed or disabled while serving in the military, received a check for $10,600 from the LAA. The money, according to the association website, was raised through the organization’s annual poker run held in early August. On hand to accept the donation for Folds of Honor was Rick Nechio, while Hannah Davis, who was able to attend college thanks to scholarship money from the organization, spoke about what Folds of Honor has meant to her.

Since Folds of Honor was established in 2007, Nechio said the organization has provided thousands of scholarships totaling millions of dollars to the families of fallen and disabled service members. He also said that, out of all 50 states, Georgia ranks among the top five in number of scholarship recipients. Last year, the state had 260 students receive financial aid through the organization, while this year, Georgia is on track to have 325 recipients. With the money raised by the LAA, Nechio said Folds of Honor would be able to assist two students with scholarships.

Davis told the assembled crowd about her father, who served in the Army and had become the pilot of a Black Hawk helicopter. It was during his time as a pilot that Davis’ father was killed during a training mission, when Hannah Davis was only three years old. Without the scholarship she and her younger brother (who was only one when his father was killed) received through Folds of Honor, Davis said neither of them would have been able to afford to attend college.

Linda Hartsfield of the LAA said that a lot of work had gone into raising the money, but the group was thrilled to be able to donate more than $10,000 to an organization like Folds of Honor.

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