From the Murphy Family, thank you again everyone for your prayers and emotional support. Our family, friends and community have all been unbelievably supportive in getting the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation financially up and running by donating money and supporting this Foundation so we can start helping people. Just in the first eight months since Nick's death, we have already raised over $150,0000.00 in total pledges, had 184 golfers play in the inaugural 2017 "Fairways for the Armed Forces" golf outing on June 12, 2017, have already given out seven military grants and financial awards, given out $12,500.00 in five educational scholarships for college, taken ten pro bono cases for military families in need through the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation Pro Bono Clinic at Murphy & Dunn, P.C., and donated $5,000.00 to Almost Home Kids through the Children's Hospital of Illinois. We will also be paying over $50,000.00 to build the Nicholas J. Murphy Memorial Press Box located at Dunlap High School in honor of Nick through pledges made to support the Press box itself. We are giving it back and "Paying it Forward" and the community is responding. Nick Murphy was a true hero and we are very proud of him.
The purpose of the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation is to provide financial support, grants and scholarships to individuals, families, and charitable organizations that will assist in the education and living expenses of families and members of the Armed Forces, with a special emphasis on the United States Navy, to provide educational scholarships and financial support to high school and college student-athletes to advance their education, to promote charitable causes that assist children, and to provide free legal services on a pro bono basis to deserving families with members in the Armed Forces that need family law and related legal services, all in honor of our son, Nicholas James Murphy, a member of the United States Navy killed on November 19, 2016.
To see Nick's story, watch this video from the American Red Cross when he won the 2017 Heartland Hero award.
Second, the Dunlap Board of Education has approved the naming of the new press box for the Varsity Boys Baseball field at Dunlap High School to be the Nicholas J. Murphy Memorial Press Box. Please click on link to read about it and to help us raise the funds for same. We are happy to report that the Press Box is underway and being built as we speak. Here is a cool video of us laying part of the block.
We have four major goals at Nick's Foundation.
First, we are committed to supporting our military and Armed Forces families. We are giving out military scholarships and grants to high school or college student-athletes in the central Illinois area who have made the decision and joined the Armed Forces just like Nick Murphy did. There are numerous high school and college student-athletes who join the Armed Forces each year after graduation from high school or attendance at college. Most of these student-athletes have little money and the one thing the United States government does not do well for our military is pay them very well. Thus, we want to help. We will give out $1,000.00 military scholarships and grants to deserving student-athletes from any high school or college in the central Illinois area that can be used by them for any reason. These grants and scholarships will be given out at the end of each school year. We also are giving out and have given six Christmas grants to deserving Armed Forces families throughout the United States to help them with their Christmas expenses, and given out military grants to deserving local military families to save their home from foreclosure.
Second, we are committed as part of Nick's Foundation to provide Educational Scholarships and financial support to high school and college student-athletes to advance their education. The fundraising for these scholarships has come mainly through the golf outing. As part of that financial support, the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation has given out five $2,500.00 college scholarship funds ($12,500.00 in total scholarships already given out in 2017) in honor of Nick Murphy's academic and athletic career at Dunlap High School prior to him joining the United States Navy. Please see the recipients on our Educational Scholarship Page.
The scholarship recipients were chosen by the Murphy Family (Ed, Theresa, Grant, Alec and Delaney Murphy) based on recommendations from the coaches and from the players and fellow teammates of each varsity team, paying extra attention to the players attitude, hustle, support, work ethic and their overall contribution to the team, the school and the community. Nick Murphy was never the biggest guy on the team, but he always had the biggest heart, best hustle and cared the most about his coaches and fellow players in making them the best they could be. He never shied away from a challenge and he never "sat on the sidelines" in anything he did. He always gave 100% and was always "The Man in the Arena".
Third, we will be supporting the Children's Hospital of Illinois and Almost Home Kids as part of our charitable contributions. The Children's Hospital of Illinois is near and dear to our hearts. Twenty-four years ago they saved our oldest son Grant's life when he was born two months premature. Today he is a healthy 24 year old third year law student at Valparaiso University School of Law in the top ten of his law school class. We know the value of giving and this will be a big part of the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation. Recently we gave a check for $5,000.00 to Almost Home Kids through the Children's Hospital of Illinois to help built their new facility.
Fourth, we have established the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation Pro Bono Clinic. It will be staffed by attorneys and paralegals from the law firm of Murphy & Dunn, P.C. volunteering their time and talent to help those families with a connection to the Armed Forces that need a good family law attorney. Our goal in 2017 is to complete 15 cases free of charge to military families throughout Central Illinois. This will be providing tens of thousands of dollars of free legal services in central Illinois. We have already opened ten pro bono cases the first seven months of 2017.
Please help support our military troops and specifically these brave young men and women sacrificing everything and going straight from high school or college into the Armed Forces by donating to the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation. All donations, no matter how small, are welcome and appreciated and make a huge difference in making these military grants and educational scholarships possible. You can donate by clicking on this Donation Page link or by sending your check made payable to the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation to 456 Fulton Street, Suite 425, Peoria, Illinois 61602.
If you, your company or your organization is interested in joining us or partnering with us on this endeavor, please let us know. Nick Murphy loved playing baseball from the time he was five years old through high school. He also loved his time in the Navy trying to become a Navy SEAL and his years prior to joining the Navy training to become a Navy SEAL. These military grants and the financial support we provide for deserving military individuals and families for student-athletes joining the Armed Forces will be a big part of the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation. You can contact us by emailing G. Edward Murphy or by calling (309) 674-5593 for the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation.
Thanks again everyone. Nick would be very proud to see all of this. We are sure he is smiling that big Nick Murphy smile right now.
Theresa, Ed, Grant, Alec, Nick and Delaney Murphy (plus Spike and Snoopy)
Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation
456 Fulton Street, Suite 425
Peoria, Illinois 61602
Telephone: (309) 674-5593
Tax ID#: 81-4555589