BENEFITING: ARMY RANGER LEAD THE WAY FUND
ORGANIZER: ARMY RANGER LEAD THE WAY FUND
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!