Honoring a friend gone too soon, foundation pays forward to children of deceased parents

 

by: Ryan Ballengee, GolfNewsNet.com

Quincy Conner was bringing Christmas presents into his home on Dec. 21, 2005. This would be his first Christmas as a married man, having tied the knot in August to his long-time girlfriend, Sarah. Ohio is cold that time of year, but the presents for his wife and their then-4-year-old daughter, Trinity, would warm their hearts.

And then, suddenly, Quincy, a man barely 28 years old, had a heart attack in his kitchen. He died.

Quincy's death brought his family together, one that extended well beyond his relatives. After moving around as a military brat, his family settled down and he grew up in Woodbridge, Va., and had remained close to the people that defined his life through high school. He joined the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity when he attended Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio. He formed unbreakable bonds with his brothers.

Saddened by the devastating loss, these people collectively knew their pain was small in nature compare to Sarah and Trinity, who would grow up without her father's infectious energy, his mischievous grin and his wisdom.

Two of Quincy's college friends, Rob McBurney and Lukas Ford, formed The Quincy Conner Foundation, a non-profit whose mission is to award college scholarships to kids whose background is similar to Quincy's. For the last eight years, the foundation has doled out critical college money through at least one of three scholarships: the Q scholarship, given to a high school student graduating from Woodbridge Senior High School; the Memorial scholarship, for a student heading to Muskingum; and the Legacy scholarship, for high school students who lost a parent early in life, often to heart disease.

For 2016, the three scholarship winners were given $5,000 each -- the biggest awards to date. The Foundation raises money for these scholarships with two big events during the year.

In Woodbridge, Va., each September, the Foundation has a 5K -- dubbed the 5Q -- race and fun run at Lake Ridge Middle School, where Quincy went to middle school.

Before that, however, is the primary fundraiser for the year, a golf tournament in Ohio. It's an opportunity for many of Quincy's fraternity brothers, many of which are still in the Buckeye State, to stay connected. Many from Quincy's Virginia family make the trek, and they make a weekend out of it. The tournament has been called the "Know Your Hole" Tournament because Quincy loved using the pro wrestler The Rock's catch phrase, telling people friends to "know their role."

This year, the golf tournament is July 23 in Colubmus at Champions Golf Course. It's an intimate outing, some 60 folks or so, for $75 per person.

FOURTH ANNUAL 5K FOR QUINCY HONORS LEGACY OF WOODBRIDGE NATIVE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                

Contact: Heather Finney

Phone: 703-887-4050

E-mail: finney.heather@gmail.com

WOODBRIDGE, Va., October 15, 2015 —  On Saturday, September 26, 2015, The Quincy Conner Foundation (TQCF), a 501(C)(3) charitable foundation, held its fourth annual 5K for Quincy at Lake Ridge Middle School in Lake Ridge, Virginia.

 TQCF was created to honor Quincy Conner, a Woodbridge native, devoted son, father, husband, and friend whose life ended suddenly at the age of 28 from a massive heart attack in December 2005. The Foundation’s mission is to raise education dollars, awarded in the form of college scholarships through various events and award three scholarships to high-school students who are less fortunate and provide them an opportunity to attend college and achieve their own goals. The funds raised as a result of the 5K will go directly towards these scholarships.

 The overall top male winner, Kevin Perlow of Arlington, and overall top female winner, Ava Larkin of Woodbridge, were awarded $130 in gift cards from VA Runner and Potomac River Running Co. along with a certificate. Certificates and gift cards were also given to each of the top male and female winners in various age categories. For a full list of the race results, click here. Race day pictures are also available for viewing on The Quincy Conner Foundation Facebook page.

The day also included a Fun Run for the children to participate in, as well as cupcake decorating, face painting, and entertainment.

"It was so great to see friends, family, and the community come together for the Foundation, said President of TQCF, Steve Jones. “Woodbridge has always been home, and you instantly feel that the second you come to an event like the 5k for Quincy. We want to thank all of our runners, sponsors, and fantastic committee members for their support. Quincy's legacy is growing because of your dedication to our mission.”

 The foundation would like to thank all of our sponsors involved.

 For more information, visit The Quincy Conner Foundation web site at TheQuincyConnerFoundation.com, where you can make donations to help support this charity and continue to help make a difference in students’ lives.

The Quincy Conner Foundation Returns for Fourth Annual 5k for Quincy

 LAKE RIDGE, Va., September 10, 2015The Quincy Conner Foundation (TQCF) is pleased to announce the fourth annual 5K for Quincy and Fun Run, which will be held at Lake Ridge Middle School in Lake Ridge, Va, on September 26, 2015, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

This race is one of two annual fundraising events that TQCF has hosted since their inception in 2009. This race intends to bring the Lake Ridge community together to help raise awareness.

TQCF is a 501(C)(3) organization that is devoted to the remembrance of Quincy Conner, a Woodbridge native, devoted son, father, husband, and friend, whose life ended suddenly at the age of 28 from a massive heart attack in December of 2005. The Foundation’s goal is to raise money through various events and award scholarships to high-school students.

“Being a member of the TQCF board is an honor. It's amazing to be involved with a group of friends to do great work in honor of a friend whose life was cut too short,” said Tracey Watson Lyons, 5K chair. ”We hope to see lots of runners, walkers, and children on September 26 to carry on the spirit of our friend, Quincy Conner.” 

The community is invited to join us on Saturday. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. with the Kids Fun Run immediately following. Post-Race snacks and music entertainment by Whitham Productions, will also be made available.

For more information on the 5K for Quincy or the Foundation, visit The Quincy Conner Foundation web site, www.TheQuincyConnerFoundation.com, where you can register for the race and make donations to help support this charity.

TQCF would like to thank all of the sponsors involved for their help and support in making this event possible.  

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TCQF is a 501(C)(3) charitable foundation that raises education dollars, awarded in the form of college scholarships.  The foundation was established in 2009 to honor the late Quincy Conner, a young father, husband, beloved son and cherished friend. 

Congratulations to the 2015 Recipients of The Quincy Conner Foundation Memorial and Legacy Scholarships

The Quincy Conner Foundation Legacy Scholarship was awarded to a graduating high school senior from anywhere in the country that had lost a parent due to heart disease. The recipients for this scholarship exemplified the same light that our dear friend Quincy had, and demonstrated to us how they have taken their painful loss and channeled it into success, both in school and in life.

We're pleased to congratulate the following two scholarship recipients of the The Quincy Conner Foundation Legacy Scholarship:

Maverick Robinson recently graduated from Newport High School located in Newport, Pennsylvania. In addition to Newport High School, he also attended Cumberland Perry Area Vocational School where he learned about Culinary Arts. Maverick will be attending the Culinary Institute of America in New York, where he plans on earning a Bachelor's Degree in Culinary Arts and Food Management while minoring in Nutrition. Maverick’s hobbies and interests include playing sports, hunting, fishing, hanging out with friends, and above all being in the kitchen whether it be baking or cooking. Maverick likes to live by the following quote: "Hard work is not hard if you have no other choice."

Emma Shipley is a recent high-school graduate from Centerville High School located in Centerville, Ohio and feels highly honored to receive the Quincy Conner Legacy Scholarship. Her high-school involvement with the performing arts and lifelong passion for words have inspired her to pursue studies in Creative Writing and Music Composition at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) in the fall with hopes of one day professionally writing and composing for commercials, films, and musicals. In addition, as both a Coca-Cola Foundation and Stamps Foundation Scholar, she plans to dedicate her life to serving those in need and changing the world for the better. Emma’s favorite quote is that of "It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are." -e. e. cummings

The Quincy Conner Foundation Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a graduating high school senior from the state of Ohio that plans on attending Muskingum University, which is where Quincy Conner graduated from. When we lost Quincy in 2005, he left behind a beautiful daughter who has grown up to become a bright and shining light in the life of everyone she encounters. The recipient of The Memorial Scholarship exemplified that same light, and demonstrated well-rounded qualities, showed a determination for higher education, and an appreciation for the community they come from.

Congratulations to Isabelle Smith - the proud recipient of The Quincy Conner Foundation Memorial Scholarship. Isabelle graduated from Heath High School in Heath Ohio and will be attending Muskingum University to major in Special Education. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer and helping individuals with special needs. When she graduates, she would love to be able to go back to Heath to teach the special needs students there.

The Board of Directors wishes all of them the best and brightest in their next chapter!