Honor Credit Union Partners with Local Auto Dealers in Memory of Lost Firefighter
The Forsyth Township Fire Department, which serves the Marquette community, lost one of their own earlier this year. At a mere 23 years old, Captain Ben Lauren was killed in the line of duty on March 13 while battling a structure fire.
He was a young man known for his captivating character and strong moral responsibility. Ben is the son of Ron Lauren, President of Honor Holdings, LLC and Investment Services for Honor Credit Union.
In remembrance of Ben, the Lauren family created the Benjamen Lauren Memorial Foundation to keep his memory living on in the community. The foundation plans to provide educational grants for one graduating senior from Gwinn Area High School with plans of obtaining a secondary degree with a medical or engineering focus as well as an engineering student enrolled at Northern Michigan University.
In addition, the foundation will provide monetary support and grants to local youth livestock and 4-H programs, local first responders and other requested and reviewed grants to those in need.
To assist in raising money for the foundation, KC Bjorne, Honor’s indirect representative, partnered with local dealerships to donate $100 for each vehicle financed through Honor during June at participating dealerships. Honor matched all donations up to $5000. The participating dealerships included:
- Jon’s Auto of Marquette
- Fox Negaunee GM
- Fox Negaunee Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
- Fox Marquette Ford / Subaru
- Fox Marquette Chevy
- Marthaler Cadillac of Marquette
- Reds Auto of Ironwood
- Riverside Marquette-Toyota, Honda & Nissan
Although Ben’s death was tragic and shocking to this small community, the Lauren family hopes that the Ben Lauren Memorial Foundation will bring light to his legacy and passion for helping others.
“Ben was a special son, firefighter and helpful person to those in his community,” stated Ron Lauren, President of Honor Holdings, LLC, and Investment Services. “He was able to touch and help so many individuals throughout his young life, and we wanted to create a foundation to continue his legacy and passion of helping others and so that his memory and spirit live on forever.”
To donate to the Ben Lauren Memorial Foundation, please call Honor Credit Union at 800-442-2800 or visit an Honor location in Marquette, Gwinn or Negaunee.