Upon Jason's death March 23rd, 2003 we established the "Jason Plite Memorial Fund" ( a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization) in hopes of being able to give a gift to the Swimming and Art Departments (two of Jason's passions) of the Grand Ledge High School where he attended and graduated from in 1999. The Fund did so incredibly well we felt it was imperative that we incorporate the Fund,  appoint a Board of Directors, and establish it as a charitable/non-profit organization and continue to raise funds so that we can give out Grants and Scholarships to students in the Grand Ledge Community pursuing further education in Art and Swimming! We will continue to raise funds by holding an annual Fund Raising Dinner Event each April.


2019 DINNER


The 16th annual Jason Plite Memorial Fund Dinner spotlighted the 2019 scholarship winners Devin Wieferich, Abigail Ford and Sam Konen. The memorial dinner held Friday April 12, was an evening of remembrance and celebration.

Jason Plite, a Pararescueman in the U.S. Air Force, had an abundance of talent and special qualities. The “PJ” promise to the world is “That Others May Live”. Jason lost his life while on a mission to rescue two Afghani children, just after completing a mission that saved three severely injured Afghanistan Nationals, March 23rd, 2003.

Devin Wieferich was awarded a $2,500 Artistic Scholarship. Devin’s wish is to create art so that the people who see it will feel the joy he has shared in creating the art piece. Devin is also an accomplished musician in the Grand Ledge High School Marching Band, a member of Boy Scout Troop 121 and the Civil Air Patrol. Devin will be attending Northern Michigan University in their Art and Design program

Abigail Ford was awarded a $2,500 Swimming Scholarship. Abigail has stated that the dedication and discipline she has learned from swimming has taught her much and the key to her success in the sport she loves. It has also carried over into her academics and other areas in life. Abigail loves helping others achieve their personal goals. Abigail will be attending University of Sioux Falls to become a Personal Strength and Conditioning Trainer/Coach.

Sam Konen was awarded a $5,000 Swimming Scholarship. Sam states he grew up fascinated by all things Military and has an intense desire to serve our country. Sam will be attending the United States Military at West Point. Sam is a member of the Grand Ledge National Honor Society and has served as a youth liaison for his church and has went on 6 mission trips. Sam plans on using his experience, drive and determination he has gain from swimming to complete the Survival Swimming Course at USMA.

We were honored to have Senior Master Sergeant Luke M. Naughton, Jason’s fellow Pararescuman, as our guest speaker. Luke gave a heartfelt, emotional, speech including some stories of he and Jason going through the Pararescue pipeline as comrades and best friends. The stories included the importance of camaraderie, teamwork, and the value of embracing fun and silly antics. Our dinner guests were deeply and profoundly touched by Luke’s speech.

The MSU Air Force ROTC “Silver Eagles” was present representing the U.S. Air Force, along with posting and retiring the Colors they performed an impressive Rifle Drill.

We are grateful for the continued support of our attendees, the Opera House, A Catered Affaire’, A Complete Rental, Gladstone Printing, Cakes a Bloomin and the many local and surrounding businesses and artists that donate items for the silent auction. It is through these combined efforts that Jason’s legacy continues on. Over the past 16 years we have awarded over $123,500 in scholarships to 46 Grand Ledge High School senior artists and swimmers.

With heartfelt thanks - The Jason Plite Memorial Fund Board of Directors.


2019 Scholarship Recipient’s
JPMF 2019 Scholars
Devin Wieferich, Abigail Ford, Samuel Konen


EVENT PHOTOS



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AUCTION ITEMS
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Keynote Speaker - Senior Master Sergeant Luke M. Naughton

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REMEMBERING JASON

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JASON PLITE MEMORIAL FUND BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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Amanda McDonald, Colleen Austin, Alyssa Peterson, Shaynah Cooley, Dawn Peterson,
Sara Clark-Pierson & Mary Gwardzinski


JASON’S FAMILY
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Alyssa, Shaynah, Dawn & Charlie

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Pararescue family!
Josh Johnston, Luke Naughton, Ryan Beckmann & Sean Cunningham


SAVE THE DATE
FRIDAY APRIL 10TH, 2020!

Thank you for your continued support and very generous donations. The support from our Community and throughout the USA has been overwhelming. This is such a special way to keep Jason's Memory alive, and to turn a tragedy into something good.  Your support and kindness is truly appreciated!

Send a tax deductible contribution to:
Jason Plite Memorial Fund
P.O. Box 81064 Lansing, MI 48908




For additional information, send an e-mail to following address:
info@jasonplitememorial.com