Sarah Sitton and her son Brodey pose with an original Guy Harvey painting which is part of Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s efforts to raise funds for Brodey’s education. His father died in August while service his country in Afghanistan.
CLEARWATER – Clearwater Marine Aquarium raised $10,000 for the son of local fallen soldier Matt Sitton and is continuing to raise funds in a variety of ways
CMA auctioned an original Guy Harvey and Indy the bottlenose dolphin painting in the first endeavor in continuing the fundraising effort. As of Sunday night, 13 hours before the bids were closed, the high bid was $1,125.
Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Steven Sitton, 26, of Largo died in August after stepping on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. CMA Board Member Tom Orr was told that Sitton had plans to bring his family to visit Winter, the tailless dolphin at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, upon his return.
Recently, his wish came true as his wife Sarah and 10-month-old son Brodey met Winter as a crowd of spectators watched and joined in celebrating Matthew’s life. CMA volunteers were on hand to collect donations and $2 of each CMA general admission was donated to Brodey Sitton’s education fund.
Staff Sgt. Sitton is survived by his parents Cheryl and Steve Sitton, his wife Sarah and his son Brodey. Clearwater Marine Aquarium is dedicated to the Sitton family and will continue efforts to support the family on an ongoing basis.
Donations may also be made online at http://bit.ly/QSN3As or made to Brodey Sitton and mailed to UBS Financial Services, 150 2nd Ave. N. STE 1000, St Petersburg FL 33701