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Archive for the ‘Charity’ Category Teams up With Folds of Honor to Launch 3rd Annual ‘Operation Gift’ Campaign

Sunday, December 23rd, 2018


‘Operation Gift’ is a cause-based promotional campaign created to raise money and awareness for Folds of Honor®.

NORTHBROOK, Ill., Nov. 12, 2018 – the leading online destination for technical and high-performance gear, announced the beginning of the company’s third annual ‘Operation Gift’ campaign, an online cause-based project that helps support families of fallen and disabled service-members.

This year in partnership with Folds of Honor, ‘Operation Gift’ will focus efforts on providing educational scholarships and support to the families of soldiers killed or wounded in battle. From now through Dec. 28, 2018, a portion of proceeds will be allocated toward this effort. Additionally, after placing an order, customers will get to choose which educational gift their donation will go toward. After last year’s success in raising $63,500 in donations, this year’s goal is raise the bar even higher and raise a total of $70,000.

“Helping military veterans and their families is highly important to both OpticsPlanet and its loyal customer base,” said Emily Regel, campaign manager at OpticsPlanet, Inc. “That’s why this year we are honored to partner with Folds of Honor in an effort to be able to give the families of our nation’s service-members the gift of educational scholarships.”

The ‘Operation Gift’ program works in partnership with Folds of Honor, a 501(c)(3) organization that provides educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service-members. Additionally, this year OpticsPlanet has teamed up with notable brands Leupold, Vortex, Pulsar, EOTECH, Streamlight, Sig Sauer, Nikon, Surefire, Hiperfire, Leapers, Ergo, Zeiss and Steiner which are committed to help multiply the donation amount with the purchase of their products. For more information about ‘Operation Gift’ visit

Good To-Go Again Aims to #DoBetter this Holiday Season

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

1 Meal for Every 2 Purchased will be Donated to Team Rubicon

[Nov. 19, 2018, Kittery, ME] — After last holiday season’s successful #DoBetter campaign that provided 900+ meals to those in Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria, Good To-Go, the dehydrated gourmet meal brand changing the way people eat on the go, is once again donating 1 meal for every 2 purchased through their website during the busy holiday season. This year, meals will be donated to the veteran-led Team Rubicon.

Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly provide relief to communities in need after a disaster. What started as 8 volunteers responding to Haiti’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake in 2010 has evolved into a roster of 85,000+ volunteers able to deploy throughout the United States and the World. Between November 19 – December 31, all US orders placed through will automatically be applied to the effort. Customers can also choose to donate their entire order in addition to Good To-Go’s match by entering coupon code DOBETTER2018.

“In the wake of a disaster, our teams often go in to austere environments—where there may not be food, water, fuel, or electricity – to help impacted communities stabilize and recover,” said Brian Meagher, Strategic Partnerships Officer at Team Rubicon. “Good To-Go supports Team Rubicon by giving us a way to supplement meals during our operations in these austere places, helping our teams stay well fed while we help others.”

“Wildfires, hurricanes, earthquakes and floods bring unimaginable devastation to communities who often don’t have the means, tools or skills to deal with the immediate aftermath of a disaster,” said Good To-Go co-founder, David Koorits. “First responders and medical professionals are called upon to rapidly deploy to areas hardest hit at a moment’s notice. The ability to mobilize quickly and be self-reliant in the days before support systems are up and running is crucial, and that’s where Team Rubicon plays an important role. Providing their teams with lightweight, calorie-dense, and satisfying nourishment while they’re pushing their limits to serve others, is a great way for us to be able to contribute.”

Last year, ISER Caribe, an organization on the ground in Puerto Rico, received over 900 meals from Good To-Go. The organization prepared and distributed resiliency kits including food, water filtration and lights, to those in need.

About Good To-Go

Good To-Go was started by Chef Jennifer Scism and David Koorits. Scism is an award-winning chef and long-time co-owner of Annisa, a nationally recognized restaurant in New York’s Greenwich Village. Her career has long been focused on the importance of good food. She has cooked at NY Times 4-Star rated restaurants, traveled to over 20 countries studying regional foods, and along with her team from Annisa, beat Mario Batali on the TV Food Network’s Iron Chef program. Koorits has spent his career as a wilderness therapy counselor, ski patroller, wildland firefighter and nurse. The dehydrated gourmet brands’ mission is to elevate expectations of what trail food can taste like. Started in 2014, a time when the market was craving something tastier and healthier, the brand has won multiple outdoor industry awards and start-up competitions, while they continue to add people-power and production space to address demand. Today, Good To-Go is sold in over 600 stores nationwide and in Canada. More info can be found at For sales inquiries, please contact Amy Fullerton, or 603-828-9097 and for media, Kate Ketschek,

About Team Rubicon

Team Rubicon is 501(c)3 nonprofit that utilizes the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Founded in 2010 with the expressed goal of quickly responding to large-scale disasters, Team Rubicon has deployed thousands of volunteers across the United States and world to provide relief to communities in need. For more information, please visit

Whiskey 5 – Service Dogs For Those Who Served

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018




Hero Labradors is a Disabled-Veteran owned 501c3 organization founded by Major Charles (Chuck) W. Ziegenfuss, US Army, retired.

We are producing QUALITY, genetically sound, AKC registered Labradors with AKC Champion bloodlines. We select, raise, and breed our girls (and one boy) to produce very high quality pups. We select service dog training programs worthy of our dogs–and we give these dogs to them, free of charge, with only their guarantee that they train them and donate them to either a disabled veteran, wounded warrior, or first responder (or their family members) who need them. It costs training programs NOTHING to receive one of our pups. Hero Labradors has zero paid employees; we are all volunteers. Hero Labradors provides for the breeding, selection, healthcare, and transportation of these dogs to their training programs, requiring NOTHING from the trainers nor recipients.

Service Dogs for those who’ve served.


Hero Labradors’ mission is to breed and select Labrador Retrievers of the highest quality, possessing the aptitude for service dog training, and to provide these dogs at no cost to service dog training programs. We work with selected programs who, in turn, agree to train and provide these dogs at no cost to disabled American veterans, their families, the Military Community and First Responders.


Hero Labradors’ mission is to breed and select Labrador Retrievers of the highest quality, possessing the aptitude for service dog training, and to provide these dogs at no cost to service dog training programs. We work with selected programs who, in turn, agree to train and provide these dogs at no cost to disabled American veterans, their families, the Military Community and First Responders.


Hero Labradors was created in December, 2016 after years of Major Ziegenfuss’ experiences with his own service dogs.


Hero labradors is located in Decatur, TX and can be contacted on the following platforms:


On June 21st, 2005 Chuck Ziegenfuss was wounded by a roadside bomb while on a foot patrol in Baqubah, Iraq. He lost part of his left hand, full use of both hands, his eardrums, and large patches of skin on his legs and arms. Like many, he spent many months in the hospital trying to get well enough to return to duty, which he eventually did. In 2006 his wife bought him a Labrador, named Major after his recent promotion. Major found his own ways of taking care of Chuck, sensing his needs and became, most accidentally, his first service dog. Ziegenfuss went on to serve an additional 10 years, retiring in January 2015. Major was followed by Halia and eventually the rest of our canine family. This was the genesis for Hero Labradors.

Support SKI4theFALLEN by Buying a T-shirt

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

You can support SKI4theFALLEN by purchasing a t-shirt.

In March 2019, a few of our nation’s Green Berets will be competing in the Grand Traverse Ski Race. The Grand Traverse is a 40-mile alpine race, with a roughly seven thousand foot elevation change, through the Elk Mountains in Colorado, from Crested Butte to Aspen. Far too often Green Berets are sent into combat operations that the regular populace is unaware of, resulting in WIA and KIA soldiers. Unfortunately our Green Berets, along with their families, are many times left without help when something goes wrong. The Green Berets competing in the Grand Traverse are not doing this for themselves but want to raise awareness and financial support for their extended family, The Green Beret Regiment, through the Green Beret Association. Please follow their journey on Instagram @SKI4theFALLEN, or Facebook, Skifor Thefallen. Donations to the campaign can be made through gofundme.

Get yours at for a Christmas delivery.

Ground Hammer Beer

Monday, November 26th, 2018

Spilling Blood in the Same Mud Since 1917.

This year saw the launch of Ground Hammer Beer in Hereford. The brand hopes to release stateside at Ft Bragg NC in early 2019, with the help of some SOF friends over there.

They brew traditional British beers made with American hops. It’s a tribute to over 100 years of standing side by side with their American cousins.

Proceeds from each beer sold go towards The SAS Regimental Association, who support the welfare of both soldiers and their families. Registered Charity No. 254393

They are looking for outlets and bars who’d like to stock it and put funds back into great causes.



Wednesday, November 21st, 2018


This coming year 2019, a few Green Berets, will be competing in the Grand Traverse Ski Race. The Ski race is a 40-mile race from Crested Butte Colorado to Aspen through the Elk Mountains with roughly a seven-thousand-foot elevation change. We are not doing this for ourselves, we want to raise awareness for our extended family, The Green Beret Regiment. We are raising funds/ awareness for WIA and KIA Green Berets and their families throughout the Nation. Far too often Green Berets are sent to combat operations that the regular populace is unaware about, themselves along with their families are left without help when something goes wrong. We have started a fundraising campaign to donate the money to the Green Beret Association. Please take the time to look at our Instagram page, @SKI4theFALLEN, or our Facebook page, Skifor Thefallen, to follow us along out fundraising campaign. You can donate to the campaign at our gofundme account
For a better understanding of the Green Beret Association please click the link:
For more information on the Grand Traverse Ski Race please click this link to watch this short video.

A 40 mile ski race is no comparison to all of our brothers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you for taking the time to read this, all donations are greatly appreciated.

Ski4theFallen Team
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HOTSHOTS 2019 calendar pays tribute to Playboy Magazine founder in Edgar Brothers’ erotic blast from the past

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Glamour girls with guns pictured in a variety of retro-style classic Playboy poses make the HOTSHOTS 2019 calendar a sexy blast from the past! Now in its 12th year, the annual production features some of the most desirable models in the UK and the latest military kit distributed by Edgar Brothers in a vintage shoot.

The brainchild of UK-based Edgar Brothers’ Police and Military division, HOTSHOTS has already raised nearly £150,000 for various Wounded Soldiers charities in the UK and United States since launching in 2008.

The 2019 edition, which was shot in Salt Lake City, features exposed tan lines and sexy swimwear from the sixties and seventies in a Hugh Hefner multicam theme. The renowned founder father and editor-in-chief of Playboy Magazine died in September 2017.

Stunning Lucie-Rose Donlan, a 20-year-old professional model and sponsored surfer from Cornwall, is this year’s cover girl. She is particularly proud to be featuring in HOTSHOTS for the first time due to her family’s military connection.

She said: “It means so much to be a HOTSHOTS girl. I’ve always admired the calendar and feel very honoured to model and get the front cover. It’s really special for me to be supporting Wounded Veterans as my dad served in the military for many years before taking early retirement due to injury, and my cousin is currently serving. I desperately wanted to be part of the calendar so that I could feel that I’m helping, in some way, to support such an amazing cause.”

UK-based Rosie Danvers, Katya Sanchez and Sabine Jemeljanova also feature for the first time, while Hotshots favourites Kelly Hall, Stephanie Pietz, Kayla Cadorna and India Reynolds star again in vintage poses.

Mike Newman, Director of Edgar Brothers’ Police and Military Division, said: “Every year we strive to improve on the previous year’s calendar and 2019 is no exception. The Hugh Heffner theme is simply great fun and a tip of the hat to a icon that achieved so much. The girls loved the retro-style shoot in Salt Lake City and are proud to be lending their support to a very worthy cause.”

HOTSHOTS 2019 can be delivered globally and you can purchase the calendar directly in the USA/CANADA – or the UK/Rest of World

“Lionhearted”, National Collaboration Honoring Courage of Veterans, Debuts in Observance of Veterans Day

Monday, November 5th, 2018

Directed by Purple Heart Recipient, Lionhearted Project Includes Short Films, Art, and Website Sharing Reality of a Veteran’s Return
ONTARIO, California –The Safariland Group (“Safariland”), a leading global manufacturer of a broad range of safety and survivability products for the public safety, military, professional, and outdoor markets, announces the Lionhearted project, a national collaboration of film, art, and community empowering veterans to heal through sharing their personal stories. The Lionhearted initiative was influenced and directed by Purple Heart recipient and Safariland’s digital media director, Shane Ruiz.

Lionhearted started as a small project to chronicle veteran stories for Veterans Day and grew organically due to the strong veteran community. Twenty-two veterans’ stories are featured in video, art and on a website dedicated to this project, and captured in a 24-minute documentary film to be presented at the Smithsonian’s Veterans Day Film Festival on November 11.

“The Lionhearted project honors the courage of our veterans, and gives them a voice, so others will know it’s okay to talk about their experiences and get support,” said Shane Ruiz, digital media director at Safariland. “It is designed to help civilians understand what veterans go through, so they’ll be better able to support the unseen battles veterans face each day.”

Artist Shawn Ganther, an Air Force veteran, created one-of-a-kind artistic renditions of each of the veterans’ stories on Safariland hard armor plates. The individual plates were assembled as one piece into a red, white and blue mosaic American flag. The six-foot-long, 460-pound art piece called “The Lionhearted” will be unveiled on November 8 at the National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago and will be on display as part of its permanent collection.

Ruiz added, “The suicide rate among veterans is unacceptably high, averaging 22 veterans daily. This is a staggering and heartbreaking statistic. For this reason, we wanted to honor and help veterans by giving them the opportunity to share their stories. We expect their stories will help other veterans who can relate to them and provide valuable insights for civilians.”

Veterans and civilians are encouraged to visit The Safariland Group’s YouTube channel to see the veteran’s stories and documentary, as well as the website for a full overview of the Lionhearted project.