Sen. Cochran to keynote annual Boy Scouts fundraising effort

From press reports

Senior U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran will be the keynote speaker at the “On My Honor Dinner for Scouting” for the Pushmataha Area Council, Boys Scouts of America, on Monday, April 14 at 7 p.m. at the Hunter Henry Center on the campus of Mississippi State University. A reception prior to the event will begin at 6 p.m.

Cochran, an Eagle Scout as a boy, is a longtime supporter of the Scouting program at the state and national levels.

Sen. Cochran

Sen. Cochran

The annual event, formerly known as the Golden Triangle Friends of Scouting Leadership Dinner, is a fundraising effort for the Pushmataha Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The event also will honor the nation’s military veterans.

Veterans slated to be honored during the event include Pfc. Bradford Freemen, Easy Company of the 101st Airborne (Band of Brothers) during World War II; Capt. Victor (VJ) Robinson, U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII; and Lt. Col. Gene Smith, U.S. Air Force, who flew 33 missions in Vietnam and spent more than five years as a prisoner of war (POW).

In 2013, the Pushmataha Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America served more than 1,300 youth and 400 adult volunteer leaders. Over 2,000 youth and adults participated in camps and activities held at Camp Seminole in Starkville. The program generated more than 5,000 hours of community service in the area.

The PAC serves Calhoun, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Clay, Lowndes, Monroe, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Webster, and Winston counties.

For tickets or more information, contact Jeremy Whitmore, PAC Scout Executive, at 662-328-7228 or email whitmore@bsamail.org. Sponsorships also are available and a portion of ticket purchases and sponsorships are tax deductible.