Did you know that the Major Lucas Gruenther Foundation is an approved 501(c)3 non-profit organization? This year we have given out over $4,000 in scholarships. Our goal is to give out over $10,000 in scholarships in 2016! We need your help to meet this goal and donating is easy on this Giving Tuesday. Use the PayPal button below, or just do some holiday shopping at Amazon using the link below. Amazon donates 1% of your purchase to our organization when you use the link below! Thank you all for your support, and Happy Holidays!
An educational scholarship in the amount of $2,222.22 will be awarded on January 22, 2016 to an American who emulates Luc’s spirit and tenacity for life. This scholarship honors the memory and life of Major Lucas “GAZA” Gruenther a U.S. Air Force F-16 pilot who lost his life while flying a night training mission over the Adriatic Sea.
This scholarship is open to US Citizens who have the spirit and ambition to advance themselves and benefit the community while Living Like Luc.
Applicants will be considered for their spirit, ambition, love of life, and contributions to their community.
MLGLF is pleased to announce the winner of our July 2015 Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) Scholarship.
Christopher Shank from Huntsville, Texas.
Christopher is pursuing his Master’s Degree in Fine Arts and is writing a screenplay about his personal journey since the death of his brother Cpl. Jeremy Shank US Army who died in Iraq. Christopher is also training for a marathon in Hawaii, which he is running in his brother’s honor. Thank you Christopher for being so awesome! Thanks to the supporters of our Foundation that make it possible to assist wonderful men and women like Christopher achieve their dreams and Live like Luc!
Thank you to everyone who helped make this years run so amazing. In addition to several hundred local runners, we had virtual runners participate in the run from many locations around the world including:
Rio De Janeiro
Luc’s local run in Tuolumne California was great fun. People traveled from near and far. An exciting anticipation grew under the beautiful blue sky as the run began. Luc’s presence was felt. People were having fun sporting their awesome T-shirts. The energy was contagious, and some “on-lookers” decided to run too! The scenic race route started in a community of cheering local residents and proceeded downhill through peaceful pastures with a challenging hot uphill climb through the historic streets of Tuolumne City. CHP and fire departments were there in full support to keep runners safe. Our runners were moms, dads, kids, college students, firefighters, paramedics, nurses, grandparents, pilots, teachers, contractors, retirees, family and friends. Happy finishers. A raffle and Luc’s store topped off the day. Many thanks to our volunteers and sponsors who made Luc’s Run 2015 possible.
What a great feeling to have everyone taking part in Luc’s Legacy! Live like Luc!
Online registration for Luc’s Run at lucsrun.com will close on Wednesday May 27th. Local runners can still register at the Black Oak Casino hotel on Friday, May 29th from 5-7pm or May 30th at 7am at Tuolumne Veterans Memorial Hall. Can’t wait to see you all and/or see photos from our virtual runners!
Virtual runners will receive an email after registration closes with the details on how to submit your times.
Opening Reception is at the Steve Leontie Photography Gallery, Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 23, 4PM. All proceeds benefit the Major Lucas Gruenther Legacy Foundation. Can’t make it to the local gallery…check back for more details for an online photo exhibit, or subscribe to our newsletter and we’ll notify you when it’s online.
May 23 – August 22, 2015
Hours: Friday 5-9Pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am-5pm
22997 Joaquin Gully Road
Twain Harte, CA 95383
The second annual Luc’s Run will be held May 30th, 2015 at Tuolumne Memorial Park, Tuolumne, CA. All proceeds will go to the Major Lucas Gruenther Legacy Foundation. This year there will be two runs, a 2-Mile Run will start at 8:00am and a 6-Mile Run will start at 9:00am.
Would you like to participate but won’t be able to attend? Register as a virtual runner, we will mail you a shirt and after you complete the run send us your time and we will post your results online at www.lucsrun.com.
Unfortunately, it’s actually a bitter-sweet time of year for some. A New Year to count your blessings, set new goals and forget past regrets; but for those who have had some big losses, it can also be hard. For Luc’s family and, those who new Luc, it is nearing the two year anniversary of when we lost one of our finest. However, we know that he would want us to turn even that upside down to make the best of it. To do that, we are excited to announce the 2015 Live Like Luc Climbathon in Red Rocks, NV. The fundraiser, to culminate with as much climbing as possible on 7 March, is a great way to show Luc’s family we care and give to those who could use a hand of encouragement to better themselves, their community, our country and, ultimately, humankind. Luc would be happy to know that his shining example helped make that happen. Please consider giving and supporting a great cause. See details at the link below, feel free to share and watch for updates.