BENEFITING: DRYHOOTCH OF AMERICA INC
EVENT DATE: Mar 16, 2013
HOURS PLEDGED: 32
Mileage Tracker: 186
I will be running my first full marathon on March 16, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Over the past year running has become a passion of mine and has helped me grow, both physically and mentally. As I train for this marathon, I have decided to dedicate my efforts not only towards achieving a personal goal, but to raise money for an organization that has recently become another passion of mine because of its distinctive mission and the impact that it has had on my Dad.
Dryhootch, which started in my hometown of Milwaukee, WI, is a coffee shop and meeting center that provides veterans and their families with a stable, substance-free, social environment and programs designed to enhance their post-service life experience. Programs include both one-on-one mentoring and support groups formed around veteran's issues like substance abuse, PTSD, suicide, housing and job assistance, as well as family support and working with the VA Health Care System to help veterans seek out and receive clinical support and treatment. The term "Dryhootch" is derived from "dry", meaning substance-free, and "hootch", the name of the huts soldiers lived in during WWII, Vietnam, and Afghanistan.
Over the past two years, Dryhootch has become a second home for my father, Pat Ciofani, who served in Vietnam from 1970-1971. Since that time my Dad has courageously battled with the mental scars of war. In 2010, he was introduced to Dryhootch, which is coincidentally located in the same neighborhood in which he grew up. Now, every Friday my Dad attends the Veterans Over Sixty group, where he is able to meet other veterans, share their stories, and have a safe place to talk about their difficult past. Every time I go home to Milwaukee, I make a stop at Dryhootch to grab a cup of coffee and talk with my Dad's friends. Dryhootch has been an absolute blessing for my Dad and other veterans across Milwaukee.
Dryhootch operates only on donations and sales from the coffee shop. The organization hopes to expand its veteran support services to other cities and improve their facilities. Your financial support, to sustain and grow the mission of Dryhootch, would be greatly appreciated. I will be running 26.2 miles in Washington, D.C to accomplish a personal goal and to honor and support those who have served. The race course passes close-by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which will provide all of the inspiration I will need when the going gets tough.
Thank you for your support.
Dryhootch Website: http://dryhootch.org/
Marathon Website: http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/usa