Legendary Marine is hosting a "Friendraiser" dinner and silent auction to benefit David Mallicoat, son of the dealership's controller Vicki Brooks who was critically injured in an ATV accident last March in Tennessee.
Mallicoat's local family includes his mother; stepdad Marshall Brooks who works as assistant corporate controller for Legendary, Inc.; sister Kristi Adams who is a medical assistant at NW Florida Urgent Care for doctors Gerald LaChance and Anthony LaNasa; and her husband Billie Adams, owner of wholesale supplier Louisiana Lagniappe Seafood.
Legendary Marine is hosting a low country shrimp boil and a silent auction on Friday, Oct. 12 from 5-7 p.m. at the Legendary Yacht Club in Destin, with 100 percent of the proceeds raised to be applied toward the purchase of a customized transport van. The community is invited to attend. Mallicoat's wife Melissa and two young daughters will be on site for the benefit.
"A very enthusiastic group from our company approached me about hosting this event to help one of our valued team members whose family has great needs," said Legendary Marine Managing Partner Fred Pace. "It is wonderful to have this type of support throughout our organization, and I was especially pleased that this idea was launched by Vicki's colleagues."
Mallicoat sustained a severe traumatic brain injury, multiple facial fractures and a fracture to the right occipital condyle as a result of the ATV accident. He was in a coma and opened his eyes for the first time on April 1. He remained at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, until he moved on April 16 to a rehabilitation unit of a long term care facility in NHC Murfreesboro to begin therapy. There, he made some progress such as following simple commands and eating a pureed diet, but he lacked control of the left side of his body. With these small steps, the therapists felt that he was ready for "true rehab."
Mallicoat, who is making progress but presently confined to a wheelchair, is now in treatment at the Polytrauma Rehabilitation Unit at James A. Haley Veteran's Hospital in Tampa, only one of four in the country of its type. He is receiving hours of physical, occupational, recreational and speech therapy and has begun speaking.
He served his country as a United States Marine from 1999-2005 and was deployed to a combat zone in Kuwait and Iraq for 7 months in 2003.
Statistically, only 10 percent of those suffering from a diffuse axonal injury ever emerge from the coma and a permanent vegetative state.
"Our family celebrates the victories and blessings and miracles to date evidenced so far in David's life," says Brooks. "Truly, we credit prayer and God's mercy and grace for sustaining David, and we all look forward to God's plan as it continues to unfold."
His family will need a wheelchair accessible van to transport him to and from therapy when he returns home to Mount Juliet, Tenn.
"We are so excited to organize and host this special event and hope to raise significant funds to help contribute to the transportation expense," added Legendary Marine Director of Marketing Wanda Kenton Smith. "We welcome participation from the community and hope many will join us for dinner, or to contribute goods or services for the silent auction which will be great for early holiday shopping."
Several community organizations as well as boating industry manufacturers and vendors have already contributed merchandise, while individuals have committed fishing charters, romantic dinner cruises, fine art, jewelry and more.