DANSVILLE — The American Legion Department of New York Saturday night donated $5,000 to help establish a scholarship in memory of local Air Force Staff Sgt. Alexandria Gleason Morrow.
The presentation of the donation by Department of New York Commander Rena Nessler helped culminate a daylong progressive dinner and scavenger hunt fundraiser at Legion posts throughout Livingston County to raise money for the scholarship.
Overall, the night brought in a total of $7,168. That includes the $5,000 donated by the American Legion Department of New York.
Gleason Morrow, 25, died in March 2017 after being injured while performing maintenance in Jordan in support of combat operations during Operation Enduring Freedom. She was a member of the 366th Fighter Wing at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho and was with the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing while in the Middle East. Gleason Morrow also was a dual American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary member.
“The American Legion Department of New York is proud help establish this scholarship in memory of Staff Sgt. Alexandria Gleason Morrow,” Commander Nessler said. “The Legion’s core pillars include honoring our veterans and military members and giving back to our communities, and there are few better ways to accomplish both tasks than to help fund a scholarship like this. We are forever grateful for Staff Sgt. Gleason Morrow’s service to our country and are proud to help her legacy live on.”
The Livingston County American Legion Family held a daylong progressive dinner and scavenger hunt fundraiser to help establish the scholarship. As of 6:30 p.m., $6,600 had been raised.
“We will be forever grateful that Staff Sgt. Gleason Morrow answered the call to serve, and this scholarship is just one way that we can repay her for her service and sacrifice for our country,” Livingston County American Legion Commander Bob Wallace said. “The Legion is proud to support local students. By creating this scholarship, we hope to make it easier for the next generation of leaders to achieve their goals.”
“As a dual member of both the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary, Alexandria committed herself to serving our community, so it's only right that we return the favor by establishing a scholarship in her name," Livingston County American Legion Auxiliary President Anita Martucio said. "The American Legion Auxiliary strongly believes that investing in education for young adults benefits our society and our country. Thank you to everyone who made this scholarship possible.”
Gleason Morrow’s family has long been involved with the American Legion. Her grandmother Debby Herrmann has served in leadership posts with the American Legion Auxiliary in Livingston County, helping serve our veterans, military members and their families.
“Alexandria loved to learn, so a scholarship in her name is the perfect way for both our family and the community to remember her passion for education and serving others,” Herrmann said. “Thank you to the state and Livingston County American Legion families for helping create a lasting legacy for my granddaughter.”