Trey was born on March 17th, 2008 and shared a St Patrick’s Day birthday with his Grandfather, Donald Edward McCleery Sr. Trey’s name on his birth certificate was Donald Edward McCleery III. We had decided there was enough Don and Donny’s in the family so we called him Trey. Being the giant personality he was he had several nicknames. Many people called him 3 since he was the 3rdand this is where the P43 came from. It is “Play For 3”. He also went by Budders and the reason depends on whether you ask Mom or Dad. Mom says it is because she called him her little buddy but dad may think he looked like the South Park character Budders. In his Jiu Jitsu and wrestling circles he was called Trey Smiles for always keeping a huge smile on his face even he was not winning or doing so good. He loved all things green and anything that had to do with St Patrick’s Day since that was his and Grandpa’s Birthday.
Trey was a very active 6-year-old who always had a smile, even when he got himself in a little trouble.
He participated in many extracurricular activities such as Skiing, Jiu Jitsu, Wrestling, Music, Soccer, Swimming, Art, and anything you can possibly think of. He did not like downtime and wanted to be outside doing activities at all time. He would wake up each day and always ask what 3 things we were going to do that day and he always held us to it.
Trey loved giving and had a constant smile on his face, except during soccer games. 😊 When his friends came over, many times he would give them his favorite toy he had been playing with for them to take home and be theirs. This huge heart for giving is why we started this foundation in order to honor him and carry on his legacy of giving.
One Saturday June 14th, 2014 Trey passed in a tragic car accident. Since that day we have seen more love, hope, and toughness in the human spirit than we could have ever imagined. As our friends and family have mourned with us they also given spiritually, emotionally and monetarily. In this monetary giving we decided to start this non-profit foundation to give back to the community just as Trey would have wanted.
Our goal is to give back 98% of the funds donated and only use 2% for operating cost. Our mission is simple, “Enrich the lives of kids in the community through extracurricular activities”. All of the activities that Trey participated in helped shape him into the person he had become. As we went through this journey with him we realized there were many kids that did not have these opportunities and we want to enable that to happen.