Ruck4HIT Cape Cod
Ruck4HIT in collaboration with supporters, local veterans, first responders and those currently serving to raise awareness and funding for Heroes In Transition, Inc. and their various veteran and military family programs.
As every service member is forced to carry the burden of war during active service and beyond, carrying the ruck sack is symbolic of hardships endured and the perseverance required to complete the mission. This event raises funds for Heroes In Transition, all in the continuing effort to never leave a fallen comrade behind.
Each year on the first weekend in May, A field of 12-15 teams of 9 (7 runners and 2 drivers) run 220+ miles through all 15 towns on the Cape. The route begins in Bourne, MA and continues to the tip of the Cape in Provincetown. From here, athletes will head back towards the finish line after running through every town on the Cape and finish the relay in Mashpee, MA. Each athlete will run 2-4 miles at a time with a 20-30 pound ruck sack on his/her back as the teams complete the route in relay format, running non-stop until the mission is complete. For more information, email: email@example.com
New Balance Falmouth Road Race
HIT has been involved in the NBFRR Numbers for Non-Profits Program since 2013. Each year on the Third Sunday in August, a team of runners who we call “TEAM HIT” takes to the streets of Falmouth to run the grueling 7-mile course. Each runner pledges to raise awareness and funds for HIT and all of our programs. To become a “TEAM HIT” member, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual Fall Gala
Perhaps our most heartfelt evening of the year is our Annual Fall Gala. The event allows us to showcase our programs while thanking our donors and raising funds for the future of HIT. Each year, Fall Gala takes place on Cape Cod. This year, our 10th Annual Fall Gala will take place on Friday, October 4, 2019 at the Coonamessett Inn, Falmouth MA.
For more information about the gala, or if you would like to sponsor the event, please email: Heroesintransition@aol.com
Online ticket sales will begin in July.
Valentine’s Fundraiser at the Flying Bridge
Saturday, February 16th
Flying Bridge Restaurant
Heroes In Transition Plans Valentine’s Fundraiser to Support Falmouth Service Center’s FRESH Market at Joint Base Cape Cod
January 18, 2019 (Falmouth, MA) – With the government shutdown entering its fifth week, Heroes In Transition (HIT) is stepping up its efforts to support those in the Coast Guard with a Valentine’s Night fundraiser on Saturday, February 16th, 7-11 pm, at the Flying Bridge Restaurant in Falmouth, MA.
HIT will take all funds from the event and donate it directly to the Falmouth Service Center’s mobile FRESH Market which provides food to those at Joint Base Cape Cod several times a month. HIT has supported the market in recent years, more than doubling its funding for the program this month in the wake of the shutdown.
“The partnership between Heroes In Transition and the Falmouth Service Center has been very meaningful because they mirror our philosophy in how we help and support our military families and active military service members,” said HIT Co-founder and President Cyndy Jones. “That partnership has been strengthened during the last few weeks as we’ve worked collaboratively to let those in the Coast Guard know we are here for them during this difficult time.”
HIT Board Member William and Linda Zammer of Mashpee, Samuel and Judith Lorusso of North Falmouth, Robert and Valerie Zammito of Mashpee, and HIT Board Member Ronald and Donna Bonvie of Mashpee, came up with the idea for next month’s fundraiser. The group organizes the annual Veterans Day breakfasts at the Flying Bridge and Clancy’s Restaurant in Dennis Port which are both owned by the Zammers.
With Coast Guard employees not receiving any pay this month due to the shutdown and Coast Guard veterans potentially facing a similar fate with their pension checks next month, Mr. Zammer said there was no question on whether to act. “This group feels very strongly that it is so unfair that these people who are defending us in the Coast Guard are not being paid,” he said.
The cost to attend the Valentine’s Night fundraiser is $10 per person and will include live music. Tickets can be purchased at the Flying Bridge in advance or at the door the night of the event. All funds raised will go to HIT which will distribute them to the Falmouth Service Center’s FRESH Market.
Brenda Swain, executive director for the Falmouth Service Center, said the additional boost could not come at a better time. Earlier this week, the service center’s FRESH Market at the base saw heightened demand due to the shutdown. “We average about 180 households,” she said. “On Wednesday, we had 280 households. We planned for 250… People’s lives are being so severely impacted, especially people with children. People here live paycheck to paycheck because the cost of living is so high. They earn just enough when things are good. Something like this can put people right over the edge.”
Since the shutdown, HIT has increased its efforts to support those in the Coast Guard. This week, it gave 150 gift cards to local supermarkets and pharmacies, totaling $3,000, to the Cape Cod Coast Guard Spouses Association, as well as another $5,000 to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at Corpus Christi Parish in East Sandwich which will go to veterans and military families in the region experiencing financial difficulties.
The Falmouth Service Center has taken a similar approach, waiving its Falmouth-only requirement for those in need of financial assistance during the government shutdown. The service has been temporarily expanded to residents of Bourne, Sandwich, Mashpee, and Joint Base Cape Cod. The policy is in place until the crisis is over.