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Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund TCS New York City Marathon 2016

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THE STORY:

Family, friends, and for those I may not know, I am running the 2016 New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 6.

Although this isn't my first marathon, this is the first time I will run NYC. New York will always hold a special place in my heart for many reasons, but a couple come to mind: I was born and raised in New York, and I love the Mets.

However, another event will always be with me, for better and for worse, September 11, 2001. This is where my connection with the Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund comes in.

My mom's brother, Claude "Danny" Richards, was killed on 9/11/01 as a first responder trying to help in any way he could. You could say he was living the Ranger Creed that day: "I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong and morally straight and I will shoulder more than my share of the task whatever it may be, one-hundred-percent and then some".

Each year the Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund honors fallen Rangers that have made the ulimtate sacrifice. The Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund honored my Uncle in 2013 (delayed from 2012 due to Hurricane Sandy).

Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund is a 501 (c)(3), tax exempt, non-profit charitable organization. This organization is audited annually and the reports are posted for public review and publication, as is the annual IRS 990 filing.

Our Rangers are among the most disciplined and skilled warriors in the world and, with over 23 consecutive deployments since 9/11, are a severely pressured force. This organization continues to analyze and improve their assistance programs to ensure the programs evolve as the ongoing needs of our Rangers and their families do.

LTWF is the only benevolent organization of its kind working to give financial assistance specifically to the U.S. Army Rangers and their families. Once the U.S. Special Operations Command Care Coalition determines the needs not being covered by the government or Veterans Affairs, LTWF provides grants to ensure these vital needs do not go unmet.

Since 2007, Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund has distributed over $3,500,000 in support to both our Active Duty and Veteran Rangers and over 4,500 Ranger families benefit from our support on a yearly basis.

With a staff of two full-time employees and three part-time employees, LTWF remains among the top tier in efficiency among benevolent organizations. LTWF is incredibly proud to report that only 4.9% of their assets go towards management and general expenses.

In 2013, Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund was awarded the Independent Charities Seal of Excellence (ICA) after demonstrating, on an annual basis, that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness. Only 5% of 1 million charities meet or exceed these standards and fewer than 2,000 have been awarded this Seal of Excellence.

Please take a look at their website for more information on the story of Jimmy Regan (James & Mary Regan's son was an Army Ranger), the programs LTWF provides, and testimonials from Rangers' who have benefitted from LTWF: www.leadthewayfund.org

Thank you for taking the time to read this and learn more about Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund. I apprecate your time, consideration, and support!

Vinny

 

 

$3,525

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

    $1,000

  • Daniel and Dean Shore

    $500

  • M. Wallner

    $25

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88% Raised of$4,000 Goal

The Team: $122,440 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Nicholas Passarelli

Amount Raised

$13,426

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Devon Barrett

Amount Raised

$6,492

 

130% Raised of$5,000 Goal

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Patricia Vincent

Amount Raised

$5,270

 

176% Raised of$3,000 Goal

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Brigid Kenny

Amount Raised

$5,226

 

174% Raised of$3,000 Goal

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Marc Rapuano

Amount Raised

$4,225

 

141% Raised of$3,000 Goal

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Chip Piper

Amount Raised

$4,073

 

81% Raised of$5,000 Goal

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James Vessa

Amount Raised

$3,866

 

129% Raised of$3,000 Goal

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Megan Davey

Amount Raised

$3,850

 

128% Raised of$3,000 Goal

Donor Comments

M. Wallner

M. Wallner

DONATION: $25

Great job, Vinny. 2 years ago

Daniel and Dean Shore

Daniel and Dean Shore

DONATION: $500

2 years ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $1,000

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

2 years ago