Blackhawk!

Archive for the ‘Fundraising’ Category

ITS Tactical Offers 8.6.11 Five Year Anniversary Morale Patch

Friday, August 5th, 2016

This year marks the fifth anniversary of greatest loss of life in a single day since Operation Red Wings. The 8.6.11 Five Year Anniversary Morale Patch honors those who fell on August 6, 2011.

These custom 100% embroidery patches measure 2.5? wide x 3.5? tall and feature 31 gold stars for the men and lone K-9 of DEVGRU, Naval Special Warfare Command, Army National Guard and the Air Force Special Operations Command who gave their lives on August 6th.

ITS Tactical will donate a significant portion of the proceeds from the sale of this patch directly to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

store.itstactical.com/8-6-11-tribute-morale-patch

Veteran Voyage 360 – Operation Phoenix Mission Complete

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

This summer, Army Special Operations Retiree Josh Collins conducted Operation Phoenix, a 2500 mile standup paddle board journey, to raise funds and awareness for vetran health issues. This is just the first in an effort called VetranVoyage 360 to circumnavigate the globe.  Josh is an inspiration to us all.


OPPHX Day 134 – Riding the Waves of Life. 14 Miles yesterday and now 2502.6 complete.

Today we’ll run the remainder of the coast up to Sandy Hook, and where the prize will be within sight.

I saw the Marker in this video (Channel Marker 11), and it made me think back throughout the whole expedition. And, I remembered the USA TODAY Article (about a “Reduction” in Veteran suicides) which still bothers me so much. Frankly, my first thought after reading/listening was, “Is this a VA press release?”

How has this become our new normal, and for so long? Ive said before, if 22, or 20 school teachers or nurses were killing themselves each day, we’d cancel holidays until we got it fixed. Folks, even 20 a day is DOUBLE the National average. That means your son, daughter, brother, or sister may be twice as likely to kill themselves if they are also a great American who selflessly serves their country. (?????) NO! That doesn’t make sense. And it aint just (ONLY and exclusively) the stressors of the battlefield, or trauma from sexual assault, etc….. A hard look must taken at the massive over medication on these problems. Thats been the one reality in the VA’s fix. Not the broken call center, or therapy groups which may sometimes literally sit around chatting about medication and alcohol (personal experience). 
RESULTS COUNT! That’s what I grew up hearing from my mom. I think we could question everything we do, or don’t do on that statement. I have to look at the results of Operation Phoenix, and believe it has accomplished a couple important items for me personally, but on the whole has only reached the tip of the iceberg in terms of action for these problems. I wont stop till we get to the whole enchilada!
The proximate causes – PTSD is one of them sure, but TBI, and specifically multiple TBIs (Repetitive Concussive Syndrome) is just as much the culprit. (Please reference the NFL findings and movie “Concussion”) Combine the effects of both of these issues and the problem is like trying to figure out why the music is skipping on a jukebox with a broken needle cycling scratched records.  

As for me. Ive discovered thus far a whole new world within myself. i recommend an extreme adventure in any way that can be planned and executed for anyone. THERE IS A WHOLE PATH TO RECOVERY HIDDEN HERE.! Sounds crazy i know, but if Brain-derived neurotrophic factor is increased during aerobic exercise (along with all the BEST endorphins, hormones, and chemicals in the body), then what happens when its this is taken to extreme levels. Well, i think Ive found out, and will tell more.

Like the Scarecrow, I may have found a brain. It may not be my old and complete self, but thats ok. Its a great start. I CANT WAIT TO REUNITE WITH CHARLIE THIS WEEK!

jc

Congrats Josh! It was great seeing you when you made it here to Va Beach! I am still in awe of your feat!

eg

Darby Project Historical Shoot Out and Fundraiser at Bull Hill Training Ranch 8.19-21.16

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Kettle Falls, WA-Mcgabin Media Group and Bull Hill Training Ranch will be hosting the Darby Project Historical Shoot Out and Fund Raiser 8.19-21.16 in Kettle Falls, WA. The Historical Shoot Out is a first of its kind shooting competition that will consist of about 10 courses of fire over 2.5 days. Each course of fire is a historical reenactment of Ranger gun fights through out history utilizing period appropriate weapons.

Competition sponsors include Bull Hill Guest Ranch, Veteran National Lending Group, Vortex Optics, Grunt Style, Rainier Arms, Steiner Construction, Tatoosh Distillery, Benchmade, Night Stalker Association West, Ward 57, Oakley, Bladetech and Night Force Optics. Guest appearances include Naked and Afraid Season I & II Tawni Lynn, PRS shooter Joe Caley and Grunt Styles 1SG Tim Jensen.

Proceeds to benefit the Darby Project, a Ranger veteran transition non profit.

All inclusive Spectator/camping sponsorship opportunities are still available via www.mcgabin-media.com/events. Ranch activities include the Tatoosh Bourbon and Steak Dinner, horseback riding, fishing and an old west shoot out at the neighboring Schaffer Ranch.

No Brakes Throw Down 3 – TONIGHT in Va Beach

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

See you there!

Who:
Kids, Adults

What:
This is the third year of No Brakes Throw Down. Buy your ticket now! We have raise over 12k during the past 2 fundraisers. This year we have larger action items! Racing, BBQ and Silent Auction. All Proceeds are given to charity.

Where:
American Indoor Cart track: 2736 North Mall Drive Virginia Beach VA

When:
7-13-2016 ADS Warrior Set Up night

Why:
To Raise money for Military Non-Profits

Silent auction items: Never Summer 240 Saw Snow Board, Glock 19, Khard 30 bag, Suunto Traverse Alpha, Black Palm Cooler, OutDoor Research Gore Tex Jackets, Oakley SI Glasses, Smith Optics Glasses, I-Fly Fight Gift Cards, Crye Precision, Daniel Defense, HSGI Gear, Mechanixwear Nascar Pit Passes, XGO Gear, Gerber Knives, LBT/LBX Gear and much more..

nobrakes.tacticaldistributors.com/event

GoFundMe – JSOC Memorial

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

Paying tribute to 174 American Heroes and the six units that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation.

The memorial also pays tribute to the eight men that were killed on the daring hostage rescue mission in Iran in 1980. These men had the “Guts to Try” and this mission was the genesis of JSOC.

Artifacts incorporated into the JSOC memorial
1)Sand/Pebble from the DESERT ONE crashsite. Encapsulated and placed in the foundation wall of the memorial. Donated by pilots from Operation Eagle Claw.
2)WTC Steel. The swords on the JSOC Emblem are forged from WTC Steel, donated by FDNY. These swords are forged by an alumni of the command.
3)Pentagon Limestone from the remains of the Pentagon attack on 9/11. This stone forms the foundation on which the JSOC emblem rests.
4)Soil/Rock from United Flight 93 crash site. This soil fills the Pentagon cavity that the JSOC emblem rests on. Always reminding us of the patriotism and heroism of Americans….. “Let’s Roll”

100% of funds raised will go to this memorial. Donations are Tax-Deductible, Tax ID is: 26-0801248

Planned dedication is October 22 – the anniverary of JSOC.

This memorial will be the ONLY memorial that pulls together the collective sacrifice of the units that make up JSOC.

It will serve as a constant reminder to the men and women that serve in JSOC, as well as to those who visit the organization.

www.gofundme.com/JSOC-Memorial

Operation Hawkeye – Top Prep Pitchers Team Up with Leading Baseball Enterprises and Other Partners to Support Gold Star Teen Adventures

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

The STRIKE FORCE is challenging others to pledge a donation for every strikeout they throw this summer to help teenage children of fallen special operations personnel.

Mclean, Virginia, July 4, 2016. Six high school pitchers from Virginia and Maryland are using baseball to rally others in support of the military’s special operations community through Operation Hawkeye: STRIKE FORCE, working with Gold Star Teen Adventures (GSTA), a leading non-profit organization that provides adventure camps to the surviving youth of special operations personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Since 1980, over 1,000 heroes have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, including Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets and Rangers and Night Stalker aviators, Air Force pararescuemen and combat controllers, and Marine Raiders. When they died, whether in training or on the battlefield, many of these warriors left behind loved ones, including teenage sons and daughters (Gold Star teens). Every strikeout thrown by STRIKE FORCE members between June and October raises funds for GSTA, thanks to the generosity of individuals and enterprises committed to the cause.

STRIKE FORCE Pitchers and Fundraisers are actively seeking monetary pledges and donations at their fundraising site in a campaign modeled on those of Max Scherzer and other Major League Baseball players. Every pledge and donation increases the value of each strikeout thrown by the STRIKE FORCE. According to Will Thomas, the rising Gonzaga College High School senior who launched Operation Hawkeye in 2011 and leads the STRIKE FORCE initiative, “we hope to throw at least 130 strikeouts during the campaign – one for each of the 130 Gold Star teens seeking to participate in a GSTA program in 2016.” “We are already up over $50 per strikeout,” said Thomas, “but we need to push the value up to $190 per strikeout to accomplish our goal of raising $25,000.”

Several baseball enterprises have stepped up big to help the pitchers reach their fundraising goal. STRIKE FORCE Partners, including national companies like Marucci Sports, SmartKage, and Jugs Sports, as well as local businesses such as R&D Baseball Academy in Tyson’s Corner, VA, and Complete Game in Manassas, VA, have placed significant donations, made match pledges, and/or donated products to spur pledges, donations, and participation by others. By supporting the campaign, everyone who makes a pledge or donation is automatically entered to win prizes, including baseball memorabilia, gear, and training equipment donated by these firms .

The campaign also features a branded “STRIKE FORCE” performance tee from Marucci Sports, with all proceeds benefiting GSTA. “Marucci Sports is proud to support the Operation Hawkeye: STRIKE FORCE campaign to honor fallen special operations warriors and their families,” states Kurt Ainsworth, Co-Founder and CEO of the company, adding “We’re forever grateful for the service and sacrifice of our country’s bravest heroes, and we’re honored to help support their families and communities.”

STRIKE FORCE Partners also come from outside the baseball community. For example, the Magellan Cares Foundation (MCF), the philanthropic arm of Magellan Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: MGLN), recently donated $5,000 to GSTA through the campaign because of its close alignment with MCF’s commitment to support America’s military service members. “The Magellan Cares Foundation is pleased to be able to support such a worthwhile and important effort,” said Lee Ellen Meiss, executive director of the Magellan Cares Foundation. “Through our work with the military and veterans, we see the sacrifices they make on behalf of our country first hand. The parents of these Gold Star Teens made the ultimate sacrifice and we are honored to support an organization whose mission it is to provide the teens with an opportunity to participate in camps and other activities that focus on adventure and exploration.”

GSTA will use the will use this money to help fund participation by teenage children of special operations heroes in adventures that enable healing, foster enduring relationships, and develop character and leadership skills. Kent Solheim, Executive Director remarked: “This is a unique fundraiser as young teens are stepping up to support the GS teen community. Their efforts on and off the baseball field set a great example of their character and patriotism.”

“We don’t need much motivation on the mound,” said Thomas, but “knowing our Ks help the Gold Star teens gives every pitch special meaning.”

Whiskey 5 – No Brakes Throw Down 3

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Who:
Kids, Adults

What:
This is the third year of No Brakes Throw Down. Buy your ticket now! We have raise over 12k during the past 2 fundraisers. This year we have larger action items! Racing, BBQ and Silent Auction. All Proceeds are given to charity.

Where:
American Indoor Cart track: 2736 North Mall Drive Virginia Beach VA

When:
7-13-2016 ADS Warrior Set Up night

Why:
To Raise money for Military Non-Profits

Silent auction items: Never Summer 240 Saw Snow Board, Glock 19, Khard 30 bag, Suunto Traverse Alpha, Black Palm Cooler, OutDoor Research Gore Tex Jackets, Oakley SI Glasses, Smith Optics Glasses, I-Fly Fight Gift Cards, Crye Precision, Daniel Defense, HSGI Gear, Mechanixwear Nascar Pit Passes, XGO Gear, Gerber Knives, LBT/LBX Gear and much more..

nobrakes.tacticaldistributors.com/event

Magpul T-Shirt Sale Raises Funds For USMC Scout Sniper Association

Friday, July 1st, 2016

The Trail of Tears Ruck Run is a fundraising event where participants carry 50 pound rucksacks while running a half-marathon to raise awareness and funds for the United States Marine Corps Scout Sniper Association.


This T-shirt design is a collaboration between Magpul Industries and the Scout Sniper Association. A portion of the proceeds will go to their veteran outreach programs, scholarship funds, and assisting the families of the fallen.

It’s a great looking shirt, from a great company, to support a great cause.

To learn more, or to donate directly to the Scout Sniper Association, visit scoutsniper.org/events.

To purchase a T-Shirt, go to www.magpul.com/products/magpul™-megablend-scout-sniper-t-shirt