INVERNESS, Fla. — The Diner in Inverness is holding a fundraiser Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. on behalf of Chase Herndon who is chasing down the top rank of Eagle Scout.

People who come to support Chase can also enjoy a classic car showcase happening during the event.

What You Need To Know

  • Chase Herndon is completing his Eagle Scout project by collecting 100 shoes to give to less fortunate kids

  • The Diner in Inverness is holding a fundraising event to help Chase in his quest

  • Citrus County Schools also teamed up with Chase to help distribute the shoes

The Citrus County teenager is raising funds and collecting 100 shoes in the next week to complete his Eagle Scout project.

Spectrum Bay News 9 caught up with the 17-year-old earlier this week as he strategized on how to reach his Eagle Scout rank. It’s the highest in the Boy Scouts of America.

Chase is trying to solve a problem for the Citrus County School District. There is a need for shoes for teenagers who cannot afford them.

“I felt we should do something about that,” he said.

His mission is to obtain the highest honor in scouting, which fits in well with a career in scouting dedicated to service.

“I started as a Cub Scout when I was about six. I was in kindergarten,” he said. “And then from there, I built my way up to Boy Scout, and now I’m going for Eagle.”

Through scouting, Chase learned CPR and tinkered with trade jobs such as welding and carpentry at a very early age.

He has progressed on this scouting path, reaching new heights while accomplishing ropes courses, archery and other outdoor tasks.

“Whatever Chase wants to put his mind to, he does it,” said Assistant Scoutmaster Charles Beetow, who has known Chase for nearly a decade.

Beetow said Chase never hesitates to help others.

That is why for his Eagle Scout project, Chase is collecting shoes sizes nine to 13 for the Citrus County Education Foundation by next Friday.

He is accomplishing goals in Boy Scouts and helping the community.

“Chase has grown exponentially,” said Mr. Beetow. “I mean it’s amazing what he’s accomplished.”

Chase said he hopes the fundraiser could go beyond the goal of helping less fortunate kids.

“So, all the money I get, any left after I get these 100 shoes or even more if I bypass my goal...all the money goes to the Citrus County School District,” he said. “And they have the money to do whatever they want with.”