Bracken, Millard Scott

July 05, 2006

On June 29, 2006 in Lewes, Delaware, MILLARD SCOTT BRACKEN passed away at the young age of 47, surrounded by his loving family. Scott traveled the world, lived life to the fullest and fought valiantly against cancer. Scott was born and raised in Lutherville, MD and was a 1977 graduate of Dulaney High School. In 1980, Scott moved to West Palm Beach where he became Director of Public Relations for the Winter Equestrian Festival with Stadium Jumping, Inc. His responsibilities included being Hospitality Director for the Jockey Club VIP area where he supervised a staff of more than 50 people. He was also in charge of the day-to-day operations for major Stadium Jumping Inc. events on the entire east coast. Scott was a true "professional" in all of his endeavors...his organizational skills were unsurpassable. He was highly respected and loved by all who knew him. His loss leaves a tremendous void in the horse show world. During the off season, Scott was Social Director at the Shadyside Nursing Home in West Palm Beach where his 5 p.m. Happy Hours were legendary. Scott was the beloved son of the late James Roland Bracken, Jr., and is survived by his mother, Leslie, and brothers James and Betsy Bracken, and Colt and Laurie Bracken, and sisters Debbie and Bill Hohenstein, Karen and Marty Bova, and Diane and Jason Giacubeno. He is also survived by 18 nieces and nephews and three great-nephews. Because of his passion for thrift shopping, the family kindly requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The Salvation Army. Scott Bracken was among the longest tenured employees of Stadium Jumping, Inc., the nation's largest producer of grand prix equestrian sporting events. He began his career with Stadium Jumping in 1981 as a member of the clerical staff and quickly worked his way up to senior management. Scott was responsible for Hospitality and VIP Club operations at multi-million dollar Stadium Jumping venues across the US. He directed a constantly changing staff of caterers, servers and bartenders, and oversaw all aspects of food and beverage management. "Scott's greatest gift was his ability to connect with anyone, from heads of state to the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies" recalls Gina Johnson, a former director of development for Stadium Jumping. "All you had to do was tell him what you needed. It didn't matter whether your group was made up of local school kids or famous actors, Scott made it happen. He was charming and perfectly attentive to every guest." Scott was also legendary for his lightning-fast wit, uncanny voice impersonations and penchant for practical jokes around the office. "Just follow the sudden roar of laughter", Johnson said, "and you'd find Scott. He was a sweet, funny friend and a wonderful colleague. No matter how impossible the deadline or task, you knew Scott wouldn't let you down. He'd give you the occasional pause just to keep things interesting", Johnson said with a smile. "But with Scott, you knew you were golden". Family and friends may call at Ruck's Funeral Home, 1050 York Road, Towson, MD on Wednesday, July 5 between the hours of 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Nativity Church, 20 E. Ridgely Rd., Timonium, MD on Thursday, July 6 at 10 a.m. followed by interment at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.

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