Hundreds of people came out last week over a weekend fundraiser at Bear Creek Regional Park to support the Home Front Military Network.
The nonprofit raised over $ 25,000 while giving the community the opportunity to participate in its Healthy Together Week activities, including a pickleball tournament, a 5km fun run and walk, and yoga in the park. With COVID-19 still prevalent, the organization decided to host events that allow social distancing.
“Healthy Together Week has always been seen as a way to raise awareness of health and wellbeing in our community,” said Kate Hatten, executive director of the nonprofit. “Based on the events of the past 20 years and weeks, we want to make sure our military and veteran community is not alone, and we are committed to supporting them.
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The Home Front Military Network connects service members, veterans, and their families with each of its nearly 50 community partners. The nonprofit, which also provides emergency financial aid, was founded in January 2020 after the Peak Military Care Network and The Home Front Cares, who shared similar missions, merged to form the Home Front Military Network.
“The Healthy Together Week was an excellent opportunity to get involved and focus on fun activities that are beneficial to physical and mental health and general well-being,” said Hatten. “The healthy get-together week may be over, but the home front military network is still here and ready to offer support.”
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To learn more about the organization, visit homefrontmilitarynetwork.org or call 719-577-7417.
The four-day event began with an opening reception at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum on September 16, where guests heard from Sally Roberts, a former Army combat veteran and elite wrestler who works to wrestle girls and women into leaders . Learn more at wrestlelikeagirl.org.
The most popular event of the weekend was the pickleball tournament in Bear Creek Regional Park with around 185 participants.
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“This event is a great way for people in our community to come together, enjoy the natural beauty of our state, and support the great cause of serving our military members, veterans and their families,” said Sallie Clark, Chair of the Events Committee, in a Opinion.