About the Don Harrison Foundation

Don Harrison was a man who, with every action embodied the very idea of honor, brotherhood, strength, and charity. As a Marine, he was duty bound to be the first to fight and the last to leave.

california-desert-2012His selfless acts earned him the Bronze Star with a V for Valor and the Purple Heart. After his military service, he enjoyed a government civilian career, retiring as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. He was awarded the Meritorious Civilian Service Award which is the second highest civilian award granted by the Secretary of the Army. This Award is comparable to the Military Legion of Honor.

When Don and his wife retired to Florida, he continued his interests in giving back to those less fortunate. He was ever ready to jump to someone’s aid, roll up his sleeves and lend a hand. He had a saying “Mano y Mano”, which means hand in hand. This is exactly how he helped people. Throughout his life, he somehow managed to always be there for his family, friends, and strangers. This kind of compassion, strength, and perseverance came from deep within. He sought out those in need and worked tirelessly to make his community a better place.

Don was a Master Mason and a Shriner. Some of his favorite local charities were the Shriner Children’s Hospital, Vets Helping Vets of Marion County, The Ocala Symphony Orchestra. Through all his activities and hobbies, he loved nothing more than to help others. He was always focused on outcomes. He wanted to create a local organization that would partner with other like groups working toward a common goal of a healthier thriving community. Though Don’s life was tragically cut short, his dreams and spirit lives on in the foundation, which bears his name. We are committed to continue his legacy of honor, brotherhood, strength, and charity.

Thank you for any support you choose to provide.

Sincerely,
Linda Harrison, Director  & Host

Who is the Don Harrison Foundation?

Don Harrison

Don Harrison

1949 - 2015
Don loved nothing more than to help others and was always focused on outcomes. He wanted to create a local organization that would partner with other like groups working toward a common goal of a healthier thriving community.
Linda Harrison

Linda Harrison

Founder
I am fully committed to continuing Don’s legacy through the Don Harrison Foundation. I have a master’s degree in nursing and have enjoyed a 40+ year career in health care helping people in need, both in the private and civil sectors.
Miles Christian Anderson, PE

Miles Christian Anderson, PE

Founder - Owner Miles Christian Anderson Consulting Engineers
Don Harrison’s thoughtfulness and vision of helping the community was done with such pride, courage, brotherhood and generosity. His legacy needs to be carried on, which is why I am committed to helping, and growing, this foundation.
Mike Cooney

Mike Cooney

Founder - Director of Golf at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club
My memories and time with Don Harrison were priceless! He was thoughtful, caring, fearless, but most of all, he was ENCOURAGING.  He made people feel good about themselves, and you can do anything if you work hard and put your mind to it. Having a great attitude leads to success in golf and in life! I love the definition of L.U.C.K: Laboring Under Correct Knowledge!
Jack Parelli

Jack Parelli

Founder
I was always the first one teeing off in the morning and Don would be walking his dog.  I would usually catch him on the 3rd hole, and we would discuss mostly Veterans affairs. I enlisted in the Navy 1950 and had a tour on the aircraft carrier USS Wasp. We became very good friends.

Mission & Vision

The Mission of the Foundation is to provide deserving local charities support through fundraising and volunteer activities. Don Harrison Foundation is a private, non-profit 501©3 organization, Formed in 2015 for the purpose of assisting responsible deserving local charities, and educational establishments.

We support local charities!