First foundation fundraiser remembers slain NDSU student Tom Bearson


A college student whose death remains a mystery was on the minds of golfers and supporters who attended the inaugural outing staged by the Tom Bearson Foundation.

According to St. Cloud radio station WJON, more than 300 people came to the event at Blackberry Ridge Golf Course in Bearson's home town of Sartell.

Bearson was found dead in Moorhead last September. The death of the 18-year-old freshman at North Dakota State University has been ruled a homicide. Police are still investigating his death and no arrests have been made.

The St Cloud Times noted that Bearson's parents Greg and Debbie started the foundation to raise money for scholarships for Sartell graduates, promote Sartell youth basketball and support safety on college campuses, and to keep their son's memory alive.

Great way to kick off the Tom Bearson Foundation Tournament

— Blackberry Ridge (@BlackberryGolf) August 22, 2015

Yellow balloons were tied to golf carts and attendees, many clad in neon shirts with Bearson's name and the No. 1 printed on them, wrote messages to Bearson on them, then released them into the air.

A Facebook page that honors Bearson's memory promoted the event.

WCCO reports Bearson's parents say the event has helped them "focus on the positive" in the aftermath of his murder. They told the station that they believe justice will ultimately prevail, and that "they’re trying to make the future better, as Tom would have wanted."

Next year’s Tom Bearson Foundation golf outing is already scheduled for July 23rd, 2016, at Blackberry Ridge in Sartell.

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