Mission Texas Restore Hope

Why Wharton?
Mission Texas Restore Hope

My name is Paul Jornet. I am a First Sergeant of Marines and the Marine Instructor in Charge at Monty Tech MCJROTC in Fitchburg Massachusetts.

Wharton, Texas is a small town south of Houston; it has a population of about 8,700 people. Wharton was hit extremely hard by flooding during hurricane Harvey. Approximately 5200 people were directly affected by flooding.  I’m not from Wharton TX. I’m from New York City, but I do have a connection to this community.

In 2014 President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor (M​OH​) to​ Master Sergeant (MSgt​) Michael Pena US Army (posthumously) for his actions in Korea in 1950. MSgt Pena’s grandson, John Pena, was one of my TOW gunners in First Battalion Fourth Marines back in the mid-90's. John Pena and two other Marines had decided that they wanted to honor MSgt Pena by walking one mile for each year that has passed since MSgt Pena act of courage. In all 64 miles and named the “Valor Walk”!
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I was asked to join the Valor Walk ​and in June 2014 the 4 of us tracked the back roads of Wharton and other nearby towns.  As we walked through the back-country roads of southwest Texas, I witnessed pride...pride that Mike Pena was their hero. Pride that he had walked their streets, pride that he attended their schools and pride that he called that part of Texas Home.

We have contacts on the ground in Texas, including Sarah Hudgins.  Sarah was instrumental in organizing Valor Walk and is a Wharton resident who is developing the work projects. To date we have 7 homes that we will be assisting with. We expect this list to grow to 15 homes by the time we arrive in February.   We still need your help.  

Our Goal is to raise $75,000 to put directly to use in Wharton.  

Your donation will go directly to Wharton helping our team buy materials and building supplies.

Our cadets have the skills that the average high school student does not. Each of our teams will be able to accomplish a list of tasks, from hanging sheet rock to interior/ exterior painting and other light construction work.

Our team has also been very active in helping to raise funds. On October 22, the cadets at Monty Tech conducted a 10-mile March-A-Thon with 190 cadets as part of our fundraising drive called "Marching for Texas"

As of 11/14/2017 our “Marching for Texas” drive has raised over $41,299.00, of our proposed $75,000 Goal.

On 11/10/2017 our team was granted direct funding support from the United States Marine Corps, JROTC Headquarters to support our Cadets food and transportation cost, enabling us to use most of our fundraising dollars for building supplies.

We are humbled to undertake this effort in the memory of Master Sergeant Pena.              

<b>Wharton Texas Fast Facts</b>
55% $41,299 of our goal of $75,000 dollars raised as of 11/10/2017

59%  Approximately 5200 of the 8975 residents in the City of Wharton were affected by the flooding associated with Hurricane Harvey.
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