Archive for the ‘Fundraising’ Category

5.11 Expands Everyday Hero Program with Charitable Donations

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

Irvine, Calif. (May 18, 2020) – 5.11, Inc. the global innovator of purpose-built apparel, footwear and gear, announced it has expanded its Everyday Hero program to recognize individuals who go above and beyond within their communities by adding a charitable component in light of the events surrounding the global COVID-19 pandemic. 5.11 has produced a limited-edition Everyday Hero t-shirt that will be sold with 100% net proceeds being donated to charities within the first responder community. Additionally, for each Everyday Hero t-shirt purchased, 5.11 will donate a KN-95 mask to a New York City first responder.

As always, civilian and professional #EverydayHeroes can be nominated through 5.11’s social media pages @511Tactical. Purchasers of Everyday Hero t-shirts are encouraged to gift it to the Everyday Hero in their life and post a photo of the person wearing their t-shirt with the tag #EverydayHeroes. T-shirts can be purchased through 5.11’s website. With the purchase of each t-shirt, 5.11 will also donate a KN-95 mask to a first responder in New York City, one of the areas in the United States hit hardest by the COVID-19 outbreak.

“There is so much good happening in the world, and we want to remind people of that. Encouraging and recognizing acts of kindness is imperative to societal stability and global solidarity,” said 5.11’s Vice President of Marketing, Jennifer Glover. “We are all in this together, and being able to support each other and those who serve is an excellent way to channel our energies and efforts. Giving back to the servicemen and women in New York through this initiative makes the gracious act of recognizing our local heroes, just that much more important.”

Everyday Hero T-Shirt with KN-95 Mask

“When the idea for this initiative began, it energized everyone at 5.11 to create and launch a program to give back to all of the first responder categories serving and sacrificing, now more than ever, for our communities,” said 5.11’s CEO, Francisco J. Morales. “5.11’s professional customers are the heart of our business and our nation’s critical infrastructure. For us and all of our customers, it is an honor to support law enforcement, fire, emergency services, and military during this unprecedented time.”

The #EverydayHero digital campaign, originally launched in Fall 2019, will live on 5.11’s social media pages @511Tactical as well as through emails and on the company’s website Everyday Hero t-shirts to support first responder charities are available for purchase for $14.99.

Rescue Ready RetroFit – Fire Escape Ladders That Make Sense

Friday, May 15th, 2020

Local Norfolk Firefighters Brett and Eric created the Rescue Ready RetroFit, an escape ladder for homes. Initially, they took it Sharktank but ended up bringing the concept to the finish line themselves and are funding initial production via Kickstarter.

You configure the Rescue Ready RetroFit in your home, preattached to load bearing members in your wall, allowing you to quickly place it into action in case you need to get out of your house in the event of fire.

Offered in a 2-story model, with a 3-story version coming soon.

Satu Adventure Pants

Friday, May 1st, 2020

The most interesting thing to me about the Satu Adventure Pants by Outdoor Vitals is the fabric story. They use a Japanese-designed mechanical stretch fabric by Toray. The proprietary weave and fabric construction makes them lightweight, flexible, strong, comfortable and fast drying. It’s an amazing wool-based blend that offers stretch without Spandex. They’ve boosted the fabric’s inherent anti-microbial properties with medical-grade MAKSPEC antibacterial weave. The fabric also features a DWR coating.

Yeah, they’re packed with features too.

Offered in a multitude of men’s and women’s sizes in Charcoal, Olive Green and Mud Brown.

Check out their DragonWool base layer system as well.

SIGMA 50 Hoodie by the Spindle Collective

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

SIGMA 50 is a crowdfunded Kevlar Reinforced Hoodie with EDC Pockets for Blade Enthusiasts by the Spindle Collective.

It doesn’t look particularly special or high-tech, but that’s then point. Billed as the “world’s toughest hoodie” the SIGMA 50 is made in the USA. It features secret pockets and is made from a heavyweight blended cotton fabric, reinforced with several feet of Kevlar threading, with the hood joint is further reinforced with a durable piped seam.

Hidden pockets behind the front handwarmer a don’t print and make pickpocketing extremely difficult, and provide a safe spot for travel documents, tickets, passports, wallets and currency.

For more info, visit

Help Bring SMSgt Ron Kellerman Home To Rest

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

As you may know the Air Force Special Warfare Community recently lost one of its finest Veterans, SMSgt Ron Kellerman, in a senseless murder at his home in Honduras. What is a tragic situation has only been made worse due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If that wasn’t enough, his widow is in Spain, caring for her mother.

His fellow Special Operations Weathermen have established a GoFundMe account yo help raise funds to repatriate RHK to the US and bring his wife home as well.

Funds will be used to assist with the following immediate and short term essentials, as well as ongoing needs of the family:

Disposition of his remains, repatriation to the USA, and associated funereal expenses

Transportation for Maria from Spain to the USA and lodging for self-isolation upon her return

Temporary boarding of pets

Ground transportation

Reimbursement for expenses incurred by neighbors and SOF Community friends on assisting site in Honduras

Additional miscellaneous expenses associated with the above

I know it’s a tough time for all of us, but please help out if you can.

Silent Warrior Foundation

Thursday, March 12th, 2020


Originally founded as the Silent Warrior Scholarship Fund, our mission was to awards scholarships to any college-bound person based on direct familial relationship to a Reconnaissance Marine/0321 or Critical Skills Operator/0372, based on academic achievement, and financial need.

However, our mission has now evolved beyond our initial focus. We listened to the military community and our supporters. There has been an alarming rate of Veteran suicides and Veterans requiring assistance. For 2017, our board has decided to focus on our Veterans in need as well as provide scholarships.

Our new mission has grown to encompass support for our Veterans & their Families by providing access to emergency assistance, mental health services, education, and scholarships.

Join us Friday, April 24, 2020 for our 5th Annual Whiskey & War Stories series and fundraiser. Returning to the beautiful Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale, AZ.

Rule One Adventure Foundation Fundraising Drive

Friday, February 21st, 2020

Today we wanted to bring forward Rule One Adventure Foundation and their charity drive.

R1AF was founded by three prior service Army Officers who now serve their communities as Law Enforcement Officers and security team members.

Rule One Adventure Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that provides outdoor adventure experiences for Veterans and First Responders who need assistance with mental health recovery. Rule One provides small group, 3-4 day excursions, with hiking, camping, and anything/everything outdoors, tailored to individuals that they are accommodating.

Rule One’s Mission: To help heal struggling veterans and first responders, and combat the suicide crisis through exposure to the therapeutic nature of the outdoors.

Endstate: To reduce and end suicide among Veterans and First Responders.

R1AF’s charity drive is in support of their first expedition (Operation Outdoor Sentinel) slated for late April early May. This event is solely funded by the sale of the new t-shirts that they have created with an outstanding team of sponsors. 100 percent of these proceeds will go to support Operation Outdoor Sentinel.

For a deeper understanding of R1AF and their origins please click the bio link below:  

Kokopelli XPD Packraft – Now On Kickstarter

Thursday, February 20th, 2020

The XPD is a one-man inflatable pack raft which inflates in less than 3 minutes with the included Nano Pump.

It’s inflatable and seems suited to emergency use but the manufacturer claims it is also great for multi-day excursions on the water.

Offered in Red or Green.

Visit for more details.