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New Veteran Nonprofit Honoring Oldham County Holds First Fundraising Event | New

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — A new nonprofit in Oldham County has held its first fundraiser to support veterans, asking one simple question: How can I help?

The Be Like Griff Foundation was founded in honor of Daniel “Danny” Griffith “Griff”, who was killed in an accident on Interstate 71 in December. The foundation plans to help Oldham County veterans with everything from home renovations to counseling services.

On Saturday, the foundation held an event at the Sauerbeck Family Drive-In. It included live music, children’s games, silent auctions, and a dipping booth that raised money to help achieve some of its original goals.

Laura Criswell, Griffith’s mother, started the foundation to honor her son.

“He always said, ‘How can I help you? How can I help you? What can I do?’ And he did,” Criswell said.

Daniel Griffith died in an accident on Interstate 71 in December.

The 39-year-old Army veteran has served three combat tours in Afghanistan. His family said the non-profit organization was created to pursue his dream of helping veterans and children.

At the time of his death, Griffith was attending the University of Louisville to study psychology. He hoped to become a mental health counselor for families in County Oldham.

“I could sit and cry and cry, but I want people to know Griff like I knew him, like all these people know Danny,” Criswell said.

While the foundation will help provide veterans with basic needs and guidance, it also plans to help young students who need access to technology for classroom work.

The family says there was a good turnout for the first event, with hopes the foundation will have an impact for years to come.

“To see people from the community coming in kind of blesses my heart,” said Chrissy Hancock, Griffith’s sister.

“‘How can I help’ which is on the back of our jersey, it’s not just something we say,” Criswell said. “It’s something he did and we want to do. We want to be like Griff.”

People can follow the foundation’s future fundraising events by following its Facebook page. The organization also has a “@BeLikeGriffFoundation” Venmo account where people can donate.

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