The 2019 Boat and PWC "Ride for Freedom" event is to honor the memory of 9/11/2001, and to celebrate and support our area's First Responders and Military! The Ride is free, but we are suggesting a $100 donation for those that can afford it. 100% of the donations go to related charities. The Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), the Cadet Thomas Surdyke Memorial Foundation, Supporting Heroes, and The Mission Continues charities.
Donations will be split equally between 4 Charities:
1. Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) Charity. Since 1984, C.O.P.S. has provided healing, love and life renewed for America's surviving law enforcement families. In 2016, Hands-On Programs hosted 1,056 survivors at our camps and retreats for spouses, children, parents, siblings, fiancés/significant others, extended family and co-workers of officers who have lost their lives in the line-of-duty. Survivors who participate in these programs talk about the unique, strong bonds they make with other survivors. Planning is well underway for the 2017 Hands-On Programs and Law Enforcement Trainings. Your support will truly make a difference in many lives, and we thank you for helping us fulfill C.O.P.S.’ mission. More information at https://www.nationalcops.org/
2. Cadet Thomas Surdyke Memorial Foundation.
Inspiring young leaders of character.
Tom, through his quiet leadership, provided inspiration, example and conscience to all who came into contact with him. We see Tom’s story inspiring students to become leaders of character who will transform our nation.
The Thomas Surdyke Memorial Foundation will develop student leaders by providing schools and organizations with inspiring leadership programs which will engage students in moral, ethical and strategic problem solving to start them on the path to becoming exceptional leaders of character.
More information at: http://cadettom.com/
3. Supporting Heroes Charity.
“Our mission is to honor the service and sacrifice of public safety heroes who give their lives in the line of duty - by caring for the loved ones they leave behind.”
Create a vehicle by which citizens could show their appreciation for the daily service sacrifices of public safety servants.
Honor those in the police, fire, and EMS services who make the ultimate sacrifice.
Assure those left behind that their loved ones would never be forgotten and that they, the survivors, would always be cared for.
More information at: https://www.supportingheroes.org/about/
4. The Mission Continues
The Mission Continues empowers veterans who are adjusting to life at home to find purpose through community impact. We deploy veterans on new missions in their communities, so that their actions will inspire future generations to serve.
Since our founding, we have always been a nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to bringing together veterans and innovative community organizations to create transformational change for communities in need all across the country.
Our operations in cities nationwide deploy veteran volunteers alongside non-profit partners and community leaders to solve some of the most challenging issues facing our communities: improving community education resources, eliminating food deserts, mentoring at-risk youth and more.
Through this unique model, veterans build new skills and networks that help them successfully reintegrate to life after the military while making long-term, sustainable transformations in communities and inspiring future generations to serve.
More information at: https://missioncontinues.org/about/