|08-01-2012, 10:34 PM||#1|
Support request for Operation Amerithon and Travis Manion Foundation
I'm currently working for Bullets2Bandages, a veteran-owned small business based out of San Diego that donates 15% of its profits to veteran charities. Recently we've been sponsoring Operation Amerithon, in which Albie Masland is going Forrest Gump-style and running across the entire US (WFS) to raise money for the Travis Manion Foundation. Albie left Dana Point, CA in mid-March and is currently just east of Pittsburgh, due to finish in Arlington National Cemetery on August 18. The Travis Manion Foundation is bankrolling Albie's day to day expenses, but we'd obviously welcome any additional donations to the TMF and their cause.
Beyond that, any little bit of support you can give would be greatly appreciated...anything from Liking his Facebook page, to following him on Twitter and retweeting his messages to your followers, to joining him for his finish line party in DC on August 18. Also, given that he's run about 95% of his 2,600 miles by himself, he's dying for some running buddies...so if you're anywhere between Pittsburgh and Washington DC and willing to run a few miles, send Albie a message over Twitter or Facebook and arrange a meetup.
A little about the Travis Manion Foundation:
It was founded by Tom and Janet Manion following the death of their son Travis (WFS) in Iraq in 2007. They wanted to start an organization that would honor our fallen heroes, support their families and friends, and challenge people to give back to their communities. Travis was a classmate of mine both at the Naval Academy and The Basic School, so it means a lot for me to be involved with a company that's helping to honor his memory and assist veterans in his name.
The TMF is also going to be hosting the 9/11 Heroes Run, a series of about fifty 5K runs to be held the weekend before 9/11. For each of those races, 50% of the registration fees and donations will go to the TMF, and the other 50% will go to local charities for veterans, firefighters, and LEOs. Last year they had a total of about 12,000 runners, and this year's signups have them projecting 25,000+ all over the US and in a few foreign spots.
Here's the relevant links (all WFS):
Operation Amerithon Facebook page
Operation Amerithon Twitter
Operation Amerithon website
Crowdrise Donation Page
Travis Manion Foundation
9/11 Heroes Run
Thanks in advance for any help you're willing to give.
|08-12-2012, 12:56 PM||#3|
Re: Support request for Operation Amerithon and Travis Manion Foundation
Final update: Albie is currently in Gettysburg, PA and is due to finish in Washington DC next Saturday, August 18. He's hoping to end in Arlington Cemetery or at the Vietnam Memorial but is still pending approval...once he's got a definite answer he'll be posting it on Facebook and Twitter.
The Operation Amerithon finale party will be at 8pm that night at the Mason Inn in Glover Park (see attached flyer), and 100% of the proceeds from the raffle will go to the Travis Manion Foundation.
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