United States Army Staff Sergeant Daniel D. Merriweather made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty Jan. 13, 2010, in service to America. His parents Darryl and Pamela Finnie established the Smash-Up Fitness event to honor Merriweather’s service and sacrifice and to raise critical dollars to support the academic dreams of Southwest nursing students.
Everyone is invited to pay tribute to military service and support Southwest nursing students at the annual Smash-Up Fitness fundraiser Saturday, April 7, 10 a.m. – noon at Southwest Macon Cove Campus. Check-in is at 9 a.m. in the Nabors Gymnasium, warm-ups at 9:30. For a donation of $25 in advance or $30 at the door, participants will receive bottled water, refreshments and an event T-shirt. The event features two hours of fitness activities from various instructors specializing in country line dancing, yoga, kickboxing, Zumba and more.
All proceeds go to the Daniel D. Merriweather Memorial Scholarship Fund that awards scholarship dollars to Southwest Tennessee Community College nursing students. “The nursing program is intensive,” Pamela Finnie said. “I couldn’t work enough to help pay for all of it. The scholarship I received really made a difference,” she added.
“I wanted to make a difference and honor the fact that my son made a difference,” Finnie said. “I believe this scholarship does that. I hope it impacts someone’s life in a special way and gives them what they need to finish.”