The/Studio: Introduce yourself. Tell our readers a little bit about who you are!
Dennis: My name is Dennis Wooten and I am a Captain at the Nash County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina. I also represent the Warren Sneak Lewis Law Enforcement Foundation
The/Studio: What does your agency do?
Dennis: Law Enforcement agency. The foundation I represent provides scholarships to area high school students seeking to further their education in a field of public service. We also provide to public safety workers and their families in times of need.
The/Studio: Wow! What fulfilling work you do! What have you learned since representing your foundation?
Dennis: Our foundation has learned that we have a very supportive community.
The/Studio: What about your foundation are you most proud of?
Dennis: The fact that we are self-sustained and that the extreme support of our community has helped us support a lot public safety workers across the state.
The/Studio: That’s wonderful! What are some of the greatest challenges you face with your foundation?
Dennis: We have to support the community at the worst of times for them. It’s a good feeling, however there is a lot of emotion involved. Especially being that our foundation was founded on behalf of a fallen law enforcement officer as well.
The/Studio: I can only imagine how challenging that must be. Where do you see the foundation in 10 years?
Dennis: I hope we’re still supporting the community as we have. I hope by then we’ve given over $100,000 in scholarships.
The/Studio: What type of legacy do you want to leave?
Dennis: We want to continue our mission of helping the public safety officer community as our namesake did prior to his death.
The/Studio: He sounds like a amazing man and officer. What is the story behind the custom product that you produced with The/Studio?
Dennis: The number “61” was Warren Sneak Lewis’ call number at work and has become somewhat of our namesake and how people recognize our foundation. The product we purchased is a ballistic vest patch that has the number 61 on it.
The/Studio: How are you going to use this custom product?
Dennis: We are going to sell this product to support our foundations mission.
The/Studio: Is there anything our community members can do to help?
Dennis: Yes, since we are a non-profit we hold an annual silent auction/awards banquet where we recognize our scholarship winners. This year we are awarding $8,000 in scholarships. The silent auction could use any products you have that would sell at our silent auction. Should you decide to participate, we would advertise your company on the bidsheet with the products you’ve donated. Should you participate, we could forward you documentation to include our tax –id number.
Thank you Dennis for sharing your story with us and thank you making the world a better place!