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Great Rewards for Great Warriors: The primary mission of the Willis Foundation is the funding of college scholarships for the benefit of children who have lost their U.S. Armed Services parent, or whose parent has been permanently disabled, in a combat zone. These children have also made the ultimate sacrifice.
2015 Warrior Ride (held September 10 - 13, 2015)
This year the riders traveled 250+ miles from Bay City, MI through Lansing, Jackson, Battle Creek and then on to the Fort Custer National Cemetery where Corporal Willis is buried, and finally to the Kalamazoo Country Club. At the Country Club, the Willis Foundation hosted a reception for the riders, families, guests, and dignitaries. During this reception, the 2015 scholarship recipient was awarded their scholarship.
This year’s scholarship recipient is Adler Smith, the son of Staff Sergeant Christopher Smith. SSgt. Smith, originally from Holland, MI, was killed during his second tour in Iraq.
Corporal Christopher Kelly Willis Foundation
Board member Corrina Willis and Willis Foundation supporter Jennifer Herbert ran their first marathon in the Grand Rapids Marathon to raise funds for the Willis Foundation scholarship program. Read more about their experience on our marathon page.
Bruce H. Briney, a long-time Northwestern Mutual representative and a board member with the Corporal Christopher K. Willis Foundation, was a recipient of a grant of $10,000 which he directed to the foundation to help with their efforts. CCKWF would like to sincerely thank Mr. Briney for his incredible thoughtfulness and generosity when it comes to making dreams come true.
The Willis Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in memory and in honor of a beloved brother, son, friend and Marine, is committed to supporting the men and women of our armed services by providing Great Rewards for Great Warriors.
Corporal Willis grew up in Paw Paw, Michigan, joined the Marines in 1999 and completed his boot camp training at Camp Pendleton, California, in December of 1999. Christopher graduated from USMC Engineering School at
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, in April of 2000 with a 4.0 GPA.