2019 was a huge success! Early in the year, David Sarver was a sponsor an event in Charlotte (Charlotte Westie Fest) on behalf of the Foundation. As dancers from around the country gather to learn, perform, and complete, they took time out to do a fundraiser which raised $1200.00. The Foundation matched that, and a donation of $2240.00 was given to Stop Soldier Suicide. We try our best to help our returning heroes, but were saddened once again last Fall that another airman who served with Lt. Helton had failed to get help that was needed and took that route. We continue to pray for our heroes, their family, friends, and loved ones. Click on the link above to learn more.
Proceeds from the Flat Joe 5k enabled the Foundation to donate 2,000.00 to the Shadow Warrior Foundation. This amazing group carried a person on a stretcher through the entire course, demonstrating a core value to leave no Veteran behind. They scour our streets for Veterans, walking into areas most of us would not dare even drive, and help our homeless heroes. Click on the link above to find out more about their mission.
Volunteers of the Foundation have assisted the Fallen Heroes of Georgia with their 5k and Golf outings. April 4th of this year the Fallen Heroes of Georgia 5k once again takes place at Lanier Islands. If you have never been, you won't want to miss it. This is the last year it will be held at the Islands. Whether you run or walk the course (many come out to run, but find themselves walking), it is an event that will remain in your mind and your heart forever. The signs along the course of the 230 from Georgia who have lost their lives puts a face on the names our Georgia Military Fallen Heroes. Their Golf Outing at the Trophy Club is equally moving. The FHOG shares profits with the Lt. Helton Foundation, and with that we support the awards program for the Security Forces at Lackland Air Force Base and the 6th SFS at MacDill. This year for New Year's David Sarver was in Tampa, and made available energy drinks and Skittles to the Security Forces who had to work New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
In January of 2020, we once again were a sponsor at Charlotte Westie Fest. Sharonda Ocean spent Friday and Saturday in a booth sharing information about Stop Soldier Suicide's work. 50/50 Raffle tickets were sold, and Sharonda was excited to know that her half would be $700.00. Matched by the Foundation, that would almost cover one veteran to go through their program for a year. But when the winner of the raffle turned around and donated her share of the 50/50 pot, and another dancer donated 250.00, and an instructor donated her fees, the 1400.00 tunred into $3400, which will put two veterans through the program for a year, Sharonda could not hold back the tears. Many thanks to Rick Daus and Gary Jobst for orchestrating the event, to Jennifer Cox for selling the 50/50 tickets, and to everyone who donated to the cause. I am so overwhelmed by the continued generosity of our Dance Community.
Plans for the Flat Joe 5k are under way - this year the run will be moved to June, but will be at the same place, begining and ending at the Walton County Veterans Memorial Park. More information to follow soon!
Many thanks to those who shop on Amazon Smile and have selected the Lt. Helton Memorial Foundation as the recipient! And a great shout out to the FaceBook donors, the checks we receive from Network For Good are always a pleasant surprise!
I just do not have the vocabulary to express how deeply I appreciate the generosity and support you have all shown. Thank you, thank you, thank YOU.