Charlotte, North Carolina , United States
Mar 14, 2019 04:20pm
|Info||Matthew is a native Charlottean, and a graduate of Charlotte Christian School. While attending CCS, he organized an “Adopt A Cop” fund raiser after the murder of CMPD officers John Burnette and Andy Nobles. This drive raised funds for 11 bullet proof vests for police officers. While in high school, Matthew also attained the rank of Eagle in the Boy Scouts of America, in addition to the Order of the Arrow. He did this in just two years, and was the first Eagle Scout from Troop 7. |
For more than eight years Matthew has served in the US Marine Corps. He twice volunteered and deployed to Iraq. His first deployment was in 2005, and was in a Provisional Rifle Company, assigned to Camp Taqaddum in the Al-Anbar province. His second tour of duty was with a Military Police company, whose mission was to provide convoy security in the Al-Anbar province. His other experiences in the Corps include planning the annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball, and organizing the Toys for Tots campaign. The Toys for Tots campaign is a very successful program which provides over 15,000 toys to underprivileged children during the holiday season. His awards include a Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, a Global War on Terrorism-Expeditionary Medal, and an Iraq Campaign Medal. He is currently a Staff Sergeant.
Recently Matthew has been a principle organizer of the Charlotte Tea Party, a grassroots, non-partisan organization that is committed to limited government and fiscal conservatism. Matthew believes that each of us must take a personal responsibility towards bettering ourselves and our neighborhoods. It is not enough to expect government to fix things; we ourselves must take action and make a commitment to our community. The Charlotte Tea Party has been present at numerous City Council and County Commission meetings, pushing for lower taxes and fiscal responsibility. Matthew organized two tea parties in Charlotte, each with thousands in attendance.
Believing that volunteering is key to having a fulfilled and successful life, Matthew continues to be involved with the Boy Scouts of America as an Assistant Scoutmaster at Troop 7. He is active on the Grant Committee of the NC Heroes’ Fund, an organization which provides scholarships and grants to members of the Armed Forces who have returned from overseas deployments and are experiencing financial difficulty. Matthew regularly attends Sunday services at Elevation Church, at the Providence High School campus.
Matthew is a regular guy who enjoys epic movies like “The Last of the Mohicans” and “Braveheart”, going out to dinner with friends, and college football. He has a 1973 Ford Bronco which he enjoys working on, although it sometimes seems like a “one step forward, two steps backwards” effort. He also has a soft spot in his heart for his girlfriend’s dog, Badgely, a 15 pound mini Dachshund.