The Patrick Williamson Memorial Foundation is a non-profit organization established in honor of Patrick Williamson. Born in Broussard, La., Patrick Williamson was an alumnus of St. Cecilia School as well as St. Thomas More High School. As an adult, Patrick was extremely patriotic with a high sense of adventure. He was a mechanical engineering major at University of Louisiana for two years before answering his life’s calling. His decision to serve in the United States Army came as no surprise to anyone who knew him. He enlisted in August 2006 and deployed to Afghanistan in July 2009, where he proudly supported Operation Enduring Freedom. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. On October 27, 2009, Patrick was killed in the Arghandab Valley, Afghanistan when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IED).
The Patrick Williamson Memorial Foundation works to assist local and national organizations that support his core values – education, his country and his community. The majority of funds assist Help Our Military Heroes, a registered 501c3, non-profit organization, in providing fully equipped, adaptive minivans to service men and women who sustained injuries while on active duty during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Each year, a portion of funds raised at the Patrick Williamson Memorial Foundation's Annual Sporting Clays Shoot-Out is used to assist in purchasing a customized vehicle for at least one military hero. Visit the News page of this website to read about some of our vehicle recipients.