Brave Hearts for Strong Minds
BHSM is a 501c3 approved organization (EIN 45-3973220) that provides college education funding for children who have lost a parent.
Our mission started in 2012 after a beloved community member, Tom Reilly, suddenly passed away leaving behind his wife and four young children. Tom was a man who gave his all to the community and in his honor, we strive to continue that tradition of care for others. Our logo was inspired by his musical and carpentry skills while also highlighting his generous heart in which he provided for those in need.
What makes us unique is our “pay it forward” model that requires all children who receive assistance to pay it forward by fundraising and creating events for future families. Each year these families come back with a bigger and stronger desire to create positive change for others who are going through a similar loss.
Meet the Families
In 2016, BHSM is supporting Ryley Lyons, age 5 and May and Sully Hensley, ages 8 and 5.
We Need Your Help!
Become an Event Sponsor
The funds donated by our sponsors are what allow our organization, which is run entirely by volunteers, to provide educational assistance to families in need. We simply could not function without our local heros that become our sponsors.
Please consider becoming a sponsor for our 2016 walk by contacting us to discuss sponsorship opportunities.Become a Sponsor
Countdown to our 2016 Annual Walk
Each year, the Saturday before Father’s Day - June 18, 2016, we hold a charity walk that gathers 700+ community members and local businesses for a day of food, fun, walking, and music. Participants are invited to raise funds on their own personalized donation page in which the proceeds are donated to education funds of children who have lost a parent.