Layers of collaboration involved in The Patterson Foundation Sarasota National Cemetery donation

Posted on August 04, 2011 by Sandra Beckley, consultant with The Patterson Foundation

The Patterson Foundation is unique in several ways, but perhaps the most important is their focus on initiating New Realities, determining partners who then connect with individuals, organizations and communities – what is called Connective Tissue.  By collaborating with others, we strive to connect and leverage good being done around us for maximum impact.

Following this way of thinking, the military initiative has held workshops with veterans groups to understand what veterans might want to see when visiting the Enhanced Assembly Area at the Sarasota National Cemetery.

Veterans, both enlisted and officers representing World War II – Afghanistan, took the time to engage with us. They are now business owners, local government officials, museum curators and officers of civic groups – we have now connected with our community.

They imagined what it would be like to visit the space. They urged us to tell the story of veterans. The story of willingness to serve, honor of country and sacrifice.  This story should invoke memories, as well as inspire pride of country that could influence future veterans.

By collaborating with our veteran community, we have indeed connected with those most involved with the cemetery.

What would you want to see when visiting the Assembly Area?


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