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.
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