Veterans Day events occurred at Sachem School District on Long Island for the fourth consecutive year and Team Jesse was the benefiting organization. Sachem CSD students and staff, specifically Waverly Avenue Elementary, Seneca and Samoset Middle Schools, once again “showed up” raising $3100 through the sale of ” Sachem Supports Our Troops” tee shirts said water bottles filled with dimes.
Team Jesse Advisory Board member Matt Sauri and five other of our generous supporters attend the 2016 “If Not Me, Then Who…” Gala on December 8th 2016 in Philadelphia, PA.
Through the generosity of our donors, Team Jesse contributed to nearly 300 camp sessions provided free to children suffering from the loss of a loved one in a military family to attend Camp Erin bereavement camp or to those dealing with addiction in their household to attend Camp Mariposa in 2016. These kids participated in camps across the country including Seattle, WA, San Francisco, San Diego and Oakland, CA, Washington D.C., Sarasota, FL and South Bend, IN. Targeted military outreach was conducted in partnership with local bereavement organizations in each of these markets.
Camp Erin, created by The Moyer Foundation, is the largest nationwide network of free bereavement camps for children and teens ages 6 to 17 who are grieving the loss of someone close to them. It combines traditional and fun camp activities with specialized grief activities and peer support.
Camp Mariposa is a free, weekend overnight camp program that supports children between the ages 9-12 who are impacted by substance abuse in their families. Camp Mariposa gives these children the knowledge, tools, and coping skills to prevent them from developing an addiction of their own and to help break the intergenerational cycle of addiction.
From June 23 – 30, 2016, Team Jesse sponsored a Teen Expedition in the Delaware Water Gap Region. Hosted by Travis Manion Foundation, this Expedition was attended by children and siblings, ages 15-18, of fallen military service members. The outdoor experience included rock climbing, map and compass navigation, physical challenges, team leadership skill development and a service component to benefit the local community and serve in honor of the fallen.
The one-week course was a unique adventure specifically designed for teens coping with the death of a loved one. Teens camped and hiked along portions of the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania and the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
Our nation’s heroes were honored at the 9/11 Heroes Run in Luther Burbank Park. As a partnering organization, Team Jesse brought the race to Seattle for the fifth year, joining those in over 60 cities around the world. Special thanks to the police, fire fighters and VFW post 5760 members who supported the event.
The 9/11 Heroes Run participants lived up to Travis Manion’s legacy of honoring the fallen by challenging the living. Nearly 200 men, women, children and dogs of all ages finished the 5K and Fun Run courses through scenic Luther Burbank park. Special thanks to our service members who blazed the trail!
The spirit of giving was alive in our volunteers without whom this event would not have been possible. Our mission to honor and support the families of those who gave their tomorrow for our today was top of mind at the early morning rally to get set up and ready for race day…and the energy was maintained throughout the day! Volunteers welcomed runners at registration, guided them through the course and cheered them to the finish line.
Team Jesse and Travis Manion Foundation raised nearly $15,000 thanks to the generous support of the greater Seattle communities. Special acknowledgement goes to our Seattle local race title sponsor, Wimmer Solutions. They supported the event not only financially but by running, volunteering and cheering!
The 5K was for the 9K who have given their lives for the freedom that we enjoy in this great nation. Never Forget.
Check out the Seattle 9/11 Heroes Run Photo Gallery
The 2016 Ride 2 Remember began on July 27, 2016. Team members Kevin Mincio, Kevin Collins, Rob Shields and Mark Larson rode the rails to Portland to establish our starting point – The National Cemetery in Portland. There, we visited the resting places of all three of the soldiers that we sought to remember:
• Army PFC Brett Andre Walton, 37, Portland, OR. KIA 4/9/2007, Bagdad, Iraq
• Army PFC Ken W. Leisten, 20, Cornelius, OR. KIA 7/28/2004, Taji, Iraq
• Army PFC Brian A. Browning – 20 – Astoria, OR. KIA 2/6/2007, Bagdad, Iraq
Our route took us south and west toward the coast toward our destination, Willamina, Oregon, also known as Timber Town USA. That evening, we enjoyed stunningly good hospitality as we watched logging trucks thunder through town at all hours.
Day two took us to the coastal town of Pacific City and then up to Netarts for the evening. The ride included an epic climb over Cape Lookout, a 2.5 mile climb that included 90 degree heat on the way up and 57 degree temps on the decent.
Day three followed the coast to Gearhart, passing through Rockaway Beach, Cannon Beach and Seaside. The winds abated, the temps stayed cool and the riding was world-class. That evening, we were greeted warmly by the members or the Astoria VFW, including the father of Brian Browning. We were treated so very hospitably and were pleased to be able to make a donation to the VFW in honor of Brian and his service to our country.
Riding with and for Team Jesse is a great honor and a great pleasure. The simple act of remembering the individuals that have laid down their lives is a sacred thing and a great honor for each of us riders. BTW, Riders pay all expenses and all contributions supporting the ride go where they should – to support the great work of Team Jesse. Thanks for your generous support for a very worthy cause.
By: Mark Larson
Saturday, September 11 at 10:00 AM for the 9/11 Heroes Run in Seattle, WA.
The 9/11 Heroes Run 5K + 1.5M fun run welcomes runners and walkers of all levels and of all ages. Learn More and Register.
The 9/11 Heroes Run activates & unites communities to honor the sacrifices of those heroes from September 11th and the wars since, to include veterans, active duty, first responder, and families of the fallen. Events take place all over the world, on or near September 11th, and are the perfect opportunity for your community to personally come out and thank your local veterans, their families, and first responders in an annual, fun and family friendly environment!
Golden Bears, Black Knights and Wolverines to descend on Starfire Sports in Tukwila.
The Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse will again be presenting the Seatown Classic this coming October with NCAA Division 1 men’s and women’s games. Planning is underway for another signature lacrosse event with clinics, games and a youth jamboree. Purchase general admission game tickets now!
Block your calendar to watch great game action and join fellow fans and players as we celebrate lacrosse in Washington State. The womens game feature the University of California, Berkeley Golden Bears against the US Military Academy (Army) Black Knights. And the mens game, benefiting charity partner the Team Jesse Foundation, will highlight the University of Michigan Wolverines opposing the Army Black Knights.
Following previous rides in WA and CA, for the third straight year The Team Jesse Foundation will “Ride to Remember” United States military personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. This year’s 200 mile, 3-day bicycle ride will be from Portland, Oregon to Gearhart, Oregon. The four cyclists participating in this event are Board members Kevin Mincio and Kevin Collins and longtime friends and Team members Mark Larson and Rob Shields. We will honor one fallen soldier each day, passing through communities, visiting family members and gravesites along the way. This year we will remember:
- Wed, 7/27: Army PFC Brett Andre Walton, 37, Portland, OR. KIA 4/9/2007, Bagdad, Iraq
- Thurs, 7/28: Army PFC Ken W. Leisten, 20, Cornelius, OR. KIA 7/28/2004, Taji, Iraq
- Fri, 7/29: Army PFC Brian A. Browning, 20, Astoria, OR. KIA 2/6/2007, Bagdad, Iraq
Cyclists are paying all their own costs for travel, lodging and food. 100% of all donations will fund our mission of providing education and support for families of fallen soldiers.
Your generosity and support is much appreciated.
To The Limit!