ST. PETERSBURG — Multiple generations of friends and family of Patrick Brett celebrated his 30th birthday at a kickoff for the Patrick Brett Foundation at 3 Daughters Brewing.
Brett died in a car accident 10 years ago at the age of 20.
Close to 300 people came out to share memories, enjoy birthday cake, play games and dine on food donated by the Chick-fil-A.
"It's great to see all of his friends here because they were always around," said David Neely, owner of the Fourth Street store where Patrick worked. His portrait hangs in the restaurant.
The foundation, organized by many of his friends, has raised $45,000 in its first month. It plans to fund "fresh start" scholarships for students who need financial aid going to college after getting off track or having an obstacle waylay their education.
"We are blown away at the support that the foundation has received and can't wait to see the impact that the scholarships have on our community," said Jordan Rothwell, a friend of Brett's.
Eligibility and the application process for the scholarships will be available later this summer at patrickbrettfoundation.org.
Brett was a sophomore at the University of Florida when he died. He had just completed a United Nations internship at The Hague and planned to enter politics later. Because he often said he wanted to run for president, the foundation is using a Patrick for President slogan. It is planning a victory party for November.
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