CROWN POINT | The Warriors First Foundation will host its annual Charity Run & Benefit on Saturday in Crown Point and launch Save Our Service Members, a campaign to raise awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the high suicide rate among members of the U.S. military.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. Saturday at American Legion Post 20, 1401 S. Main St. At 9, riders will begin to hit the road, making stops at St. John, Porter and Valparaiso VFW posts before returning to American Legion Post 20 for the noon benefit.
There will be two live bands, a DJ, corn hole tournament, silent auction and 50/50 raffle. Cost per rider is $25, passenger is $20 and extra card costs $10.
The event is now considered a charity run and not a poker run. At each stop riders will be given one dart to throw at a board that will have numbers 1-25 randomly arranged in squares. At the final stop, the person with the highest sum of numbers wins.
“The primary focus of these initiatives has been raising awareness of PTSD and TBI, which claims one active-duty soldier commits suicide every day and one veteran every 65 minutes, 22 suicides every day. . .over 8,000 per year," said Ralph Kokot, co-founder of Warriors First Foundation and CEO of Vanair Manufacturing in Michigan City.
“Everything from the food, to volunteers, to supplies is donated. We are very blessed with true business sponsors in Northwest Indiana who understand our initiatives," said Elizabeth Sanchez, secretary of Warriors First Foundation and marketing specialist at Vanair.
For more information, contact Sanchez at (219) 879-5100, ext. 705 or firstname.lastname@example.org.