165 Miles for USO of Illinois

$4,025 of $500 goal

Raised by 73 people in 47 months
Brian Andries
for UNITED SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS
 MANHATTAN, KS
Hello. I am Brian Andries and I want to thank you for visiting my page promoting this fundraiser.  I will be walking 165 miles in 7 days (20-26 April) to support an organization which has supported me and my Soldiers: The USO.


I am a Captain in the Army and will be transitioning from active duty to reserves in April.  I have had the privilege of serving America as a Platoon Leader of two platoons and as a staff Officer.  I served a year in Iraq in support of Operation: New Dawn.  During my year overseas the USO and its volunteers provided Soldiers with tastes of comfort through the organization of special events, distribution of care packages and manning of USO clubs in airports across America.  I want to give back to this organization which does so much for the men and women in our military.

I will be walking from my hometown to my alma mater, Eastern Illinois University.  The total distance will be 165 miles.  I will share updates through text, photos and videos while on the move.

Help me by donating or sharing this page with loved ones.  Whatever you donate I will match up to $500.  Besides the fraction of your donation which goes to the website hosting my page, all of your money will help accomplish the USO of Illinois's mission: 

...to deliver comfort and enhance the morale and well-being of the Active Duty, Guard and Reserve men and women of U.S. Armed Forces and their families through a variety of social recreational, educational and entertainment programs and support services.

read more about USO of Illinois at:   http://usoofillinois.org/about-uso/

-Brian Andries

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Update 24
Posted by Brian Andries
30 months ago
Hello everyone,

I experienced delays loading the Day 2 video due to a weekend of Army Reserve, but she is up and ready for your viewing.

Thank you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElJ3xiNRmjM&index=5&list=PLosuQCyIwmS_HqM0bLMa33pRb5iLUzRuQ

-Brian Andries
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Update 23
Posted by Brian Andries
43 months ago
So I am painfully behind schedule on compiling the footage. Day 1, for now, is 10 minutes of stories and scenery. Currently working on Day 2 over some bottomless coffee. I turned payments back on due to more people wanting to contribute to the USO through my event. Thanks as always everyone!
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Update 22
Posted by Brian Andries
43 months ago
Happy monday afternoon, everyone. I am posted at the Oswego Starbucks with my various gadgets in order to compile video and send out emails to you generous givers. I am leaving the site open until friday for donations. Completion date for movie: May 15th. Completion of songs: June 1st.
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Update 21
Posted by Brian Andries
43 months ago
Mission Complete: arrived at 1800 as planned with EIU ROTC as battle buddies for the last two miles. Talking with those young men and women was such a treat. This fundraiser has been a long time coming; it's hard to believe it is in the past. Thank you all for making it a journey worth taking. I spoke with the President of the USO of Illinois earlier today and shouldn't couldn't say enough about our efforts. I will be writing everyone emails during the next week for reward considerations and general thanks. But for now, I'm going to enjoy old friends in my old stomping grounds. Have a great weekend!
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Amy Niemerg
43 months ago

As a cadet in ROTC and a member of Black Orchids Society, it was a pleasure meeting you. I hope when I get my butter bars that I can be an inspiring officer to others like you were to me.

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Johnny Walker
44 months ago

Had the pleasure of having Brian as an overnight guest here at our motel. Very nice, professional young man, doing a great deed for Illinois USO. Best of luck to you Brian, and we hope you reach every goal you go for. THANK YOU for staying with us. (Midwest Motel) Our discount to you was our only means of 'donating' to your cause.

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$4,025 of $500 goal

Raised by 73 people in 47 months
Created December 27, 2012
All funds raised go directly to:
UNITED SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS
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DA
$40
Dan Andries
43 months ago

So amazing Brian. We're so proud of you.

KB
$25
Karen Bertucci
43 months ago

Amazingly refreshing to know that there are still some decent young men left in this world! Congrats on your accomplishment and thank you for your dedication to a very worthy organization.

N4
$250
Naperville FOP Lodge 42
43 months ago

The Naperville Police Department Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 42 would like to congratulate you on your walk. It is for a great cause and your Dad would be very proud. Jason Zbrozek

$100
Anonymous
43 months ago
BD
$540
Brian three cash donations
43 months ago
LD
$20
Lewis Darmanin
43 months ago

Well done Brian, that's amazing. Hope the feet held up well.

DA
$100
Dorothy Andries
43 months ago

Brian, please write a song for me on the subject of "Generations."

$25
Anonymous
43 months ago
LS
$25
Linda Seward
43 months ago

Walking for a great cause....

$20
Anonymous
43 months ago
Amy Niemerg
43 months ago

As a cadet in ROTC and a member of Black Orchids Society, it was a pleasure meeting you. I hope when I get my butter bars that I can be an inspiring officer to others like you were to me.

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Johnny Walker
44 months ago

Had the pleasure of having Brian as an overnight guest here at our motel. Very nice, professional young man, doing a great deed for Illinois USO. Best of luck to you Brian, and we hope you reach every goal you go for. THANK YOU for staying with us. (Midwest Motel) Our discount to you was our only means of 'donating' to your cause.

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