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The Medenbach Memorial Foundation website will be undergoing maintenance starting April 30, 2023.  We are uncertain how long this outage will take.  Please be patient while we perform this work.  Please visit our Facebook page in the meantime.

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The Passing of Keith Hackenburg '02

It is our sad duty to share the news of the passing of our brother Keith Hackenberg ‘02, Vice President of the Medenbach Memorial Foundation. Keith was a leader and visionary, helping the Foundation since it’s inception. His legal and common sense advice was invaluable. His wisdom and wit will be sorely missed. But most importantly, he was a dear friend to all who knew and loved him. Our deepest condolences to his wonderful wife Olivia, his brother Chris ‘99, his family and friends. RIP brother.

May Thou Be Not Dismayed.

TAPS: February 24, 2023

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Alumni Gathering 2023

We are excited to announce plans to host an Alumni Gathering the weekend of April 29th.  Planning is currently underway by the events committee. You can expect a fun evening with music, food, and good company.  Stay tuned for more details.

A Parking Pass will be needed for parking at the nearby church lot.  Print out this page and leave it on your dashboard.

Below are the graduation years of significance, as well.  We hope to see you in a few short months!

Below are two direct booking links, one for the Tru by Hilton, Audubon and another for the Hampton Inn & Suites, Oaks.  These links will automatically pull the check-in/out dates of 4/28-4/30 and provide the contracted discounted rates.

Tru Booking Link: https://www.hilton.com/en/book/reservation/deeplink/?ctyhocn=PHLAVRU&groupCode=MMF&arrivaldate=2023-04-28&departuredate=2023-04-30&cid=OM,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT
-10 rooms each night; Friday 28th & Saturday 29th of April.
     -5 - one King $145 per night; 5 - two Queens $155 per night

Hampton Inn Booking Link: https://www.hilton.com/en/book/reservation/deeplink/?ctyhocn=PHLVYHX&groupCode=CHHMMF&arrivaldate=2023-04-28&departuredate=2023-04-30&cid=OM,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT
- 10 rooms each night; Friday 28th & Saturday 29th of April.
     - 2 - one King $159 per night; 8 - two Queens $165er night

Alternatively, you can call each hotel directly and identify themselves as wanting to book with the Medenbach Foundation Group under Group Code MMF.
Here are a few hotels in the area where we were unable to block rooms:

Homewood Suites, Audubon, PA.  (888)223-0787
Hilton Garden Inn & Suites, Oaks, PA.  (884)204-1920
Courtyard by Marriott, Collegeville, PA. (484)474-1174
Sheraton Valley Forge, King of Prussia, PA.  (484)283-1800
Embassy Suites, Wayne, PA.  (833)796-1243

Touch The Sword; Salute The Star!

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Medenbach Foundation 2nd Birthday

Where: The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 South Broad Street
Who: Open to all VFMAC Alumni, Faculty, Family, and Friends
Keynote Speaker:  MG Mark McCormack, Commanding General, 28th Infantry PAARNG
Cost: $100 per person (Registration NLT May 27th).  Included is a non-refundable $25 deposit.  Maximum attendance of 150 guests.  Includes 2 drinks, heavy hors d'oeuvres and a gift.
Program: 50/50 raffle, silent and live auctions, Foundation update, key note address, MMF's inaugural Exceptional Service and Leadership Award presentation to MG McCormack.
Attire: Coat and tie, comparable military uniform, cocktail dress. (No blue jeans or sneakers allowed by the venue)

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August 18, 1977 - February 23, 2022

Sean Edward Fox (44) passed away suddenly on February 23, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. He was born in Patterson, New Jersey and resided in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. Sean was the Director of Operations for Onix Hospitality, based in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. He loved his job and enjoyed traveling between Delaware and New Jersey.

Sean was an ardent sports fan. He was particularly fond of the New York Giants, the New York Yankees, the New Jersey Devils, Seton Hall Pirates and, as every Irishman should, a follower of Notre Dame football. Sean was a master of sports trivia and was chosen to be on “Stump the Schwab” on ESPN in the early 00s. He also auditioned (multiple times) during open casting calls for ESPN and WFAN. He loved “talking and texting trash” with friends and family. Sean could be found wearing Yankees gear at Fenway, Devils gear in MSG, and Seton Hall gear at the Pavilion at Villanova University.

Sean was proud of his Irish heritage and was a member of the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh in Belmar, New Jersey. He was also a proud alumnus of Valley Forge Military Academy and College, in Radnor Township, Pennsylvania. It was there that Sean met his “brothers for life”, in particular his “Five Year Family.” Sean was an amazing friend to all and a man of true character. He held a love for VFMAC that cannot be touched or tarnished. “Let Courage be our stand. Honor our guiding hand, Conquer throughout the land, Valley Forge for thee”.
Sean had the brightest eyes, a glowing smile, an infectious laugh and a sense of humor to rival the best comedian. He enjoyed telling stories, especially the 30-year-old story of how he was pushed out of a car due to sitting on fresh bread from Calandra’s, having his ankle run over and thereby ruining his chance at a MLB career.

Sean was predeceased by his parents, Edward and Kathleen Fox. Left to treasure his memory are his son, Liam Pádraig, his wife, Tish Cooper Fox, his Sister and Brother-in-Law, Tara-Lynn and Marcus Arrieta, nieces and nephew Madelynn Rose, Michaela and Mason, in-Laws Ralph E. and Letitia M. Jensen, Selden F. Cooper, and Christopher Sonin and many aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends. The family would like to thank his Valley Forge Brothers and Sisters and The Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh for all their love, support and generosity, and his dear friend Kristyn Frehafer, who was with him when he passed away.

Due to logistics, services will be held in April. A Memorial Visitation will be on Thursday, April 21 from 4-7pm at the O’Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Rte 35 @ New Bedford Road, Wall, NJ 07719. A Funeral Mass will be offered 10:30am on Friday, April 22 at St. Rose of Lima Church, 603 7th Avenue, Belmar, NJ 07719. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Go Fund Me campaign to cover funeral expenses and benefit Sean’s son, Liam Pádraig: https://gofund.me/87d16433.

“They lived and laughed and loved and left”. James Joyce, Finnegan’s Wake

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May 7, 1928 - February 1, 2022

“Today our Foundation sadly recognizes the passing of our VFMAC brother, Thomas Puyans 48C’.  Known by many names; Colonel, General, Sir, Pappa, Tommy.  He was a fixture at Valley Forge for over 50 years in many different positions.  His decades of recruiting and mentoring Latin American cadets had the greatest impact on our Alma Mater.  He was there for all cadets.  He was present on campus every day with a smile on his face to encourage every cadet.  He was the most honorable man, respectful and a true gentleman.  RIP brother, you will be greatly missed but never forgotten. A proper hand salute to you Sir!”

Doug Davis, 70’/72C’
President and Chairman
Medenbach Memorial Foundation

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PO Box 123

Wayne, PA 19087

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The Lieutenant General Milton H. Medenbach Memorial Foundation is an independent, tax-exempt (pending) organization and is not affiliated with, nor is it recognized by, the Valley Forge Military Academy & College, the VFMA Foundation, nor any of its organizations, board of trustees, or other affiliates.


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