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Stand at Attention competition raises money for military families

Posted September 5, 2013

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— A fundraiser for military families at Triangle Town Center is taking on new meaning this year, just weeks after one of the organizers was killed in a car accident while serving with the Navy in Naples, Italy. 

The 3rd annual Stand at Attention competition, hosted by the nonprofit group Active Heroes, will be dedicated to 22-year-old Durham sailor Philip Bordeaux. 

Bordeaux and his mother, Cathy Bordeaux, came up with the idea for the competition as a way to help out veterans in need and earn some bragging rights. Cathy Bordeaux said the competition stems from a friendly competition between her son and his best friend Eric.

"Eric is in the Air Force. Philip is in the Navy. They're constantly talking about which branch of the military is better," Cathy Bordeaux said. "My son participated in the first one. He stood for the Navy."

On Saturday, service members from each branch of the military will attempt to out-stand one another inside the mall and beat out the others for donations. Cathy Bordeaux said she's determined to make her son proud.

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"This was something Philip believed in and we are doing this in honor and memory of Philip," she said.

Active Heroes has already raised $20,000 online. The competition starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and lasts until only one person is standing or 8 p.m., whichever comes sooner.

In the previous two years, all four service members remained standing the entire time. The winner was determined by which military branch received the most donations.

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