Not even a month into his 365 Days of Palladium Boots fundraising campaign, Justin McLeod Bethune is already one quarter of the way to reaching his fundraising goal! As we noted a few short weeks ago, Bethune is raising money and awareness on behalf of the Oakland Military Academy.
In recognition of his year-long effort on its behalf, OMI recently honored Bethune and his campaign by inviting him to take part in their Pass In Review Ceremony, the military school's graduation. The experience clearly moved Bethune, who posted the following to his tumblr:
"I cannot begin to express how impressed I was by this school. They are doing amazing things and people in this community NEED TO SEE THIS!! They are creating young leaders of true character right here in Oakland. My passion and efforts have reached a new altitude. Be ready to see me take this fundraiser to the next level. I really need everyone I know to help me. Those that have already helped and donated I thank you from my heart and soul. Please enjoy the pictures from today!!"
He sent along some great shots of the cadets, school administrators, the ceremony, and- of course- his Pampa Hi Lite in Black/Metal!
The view from the stage looking out at the student leaders (seniors)
Cadet Hinton and Bethune. He's going to West Point this Fall.
Bethune being acknowledged on stage
Bethune with 9th graders
Bethune with Maj. Wells, Director of Admissions