On June 18, U.S.VETS – Long Beach held the inaugural Walk, Run & Roll fundraiser, honoring Don Knabe, L.A. County Supervisor and longtime friend of U.S.VETS.
It was a beautiful day on the beach as more than 400 people came out to strut their stuff on either the 5K or 10K course to help raise funds for the U.S.VETS clients living at the Villages at Cabrillo in Long Beach.
Thanks to the participants and generous sponsors, the event raised over $35,000, which will be used toward the purchase of a wheelchair-accessible van, which U.S.VETS – Long Beach will use to help provide much needed transportation to disabled veterans living on-site.
In addition, Hav-a-Sole came out to the event to donate more than 60 pairs of shoes to veterans of U.S.VETS – Long Beach, and local favorite Naugles Tacos handed out over $500 worth of gift certificates to race participants.
“I read about the race online and thought it would be awesome to be a part of,” said Max, a U.S. Army veteran who came all the way down from San Francisco to participate. “Being a veteran and supporting veterans means a lot to me and my family. Not to mention running along beautiful Long Beach isn’t such a bad thing. The event was amazing!”
Paul was also eager to part of an event that honors and supports veterans. “I wanted to participate because I am a huge supporter of our veterans and their causes,” he said. “This is really close to me – I have a stepson, son and son-in-law who have all served in the Marines. I’m a proud Devil Dog Dad! It was great to see so many people come out and support the cause. I got to meet and talk to a few veterans after and saw that the scars of serving in combat do not easily go away.”
U.S.VETS – Long Beach would like to thank all those who came out to support our veterans and make this special event so memorable. We look forward to seeing you all again next year!
Want to see more photos? Check out our album on Flickr for all of our favorite memories of this special event!
Thank you to our event sponsors! We couldn’t have done it without you.
☆ STAR SPONSORS ☆
Tyler Keen Real Estate
Johnson & Johnson
Michael Seale – Workforce