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Ironman World Championship 2017 - Sentinels of Freedom

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October 06, 2017

Dear supporters,    I am overjoyed to update you with the news that we have SHATTERED the fundraising goal of $18,000 and currently have over  See more
Michael Ergo

THE STORY:

I served in the Marine Corps nearly four years and deployed to war twice. When I came home from Iraq, I was lost.  No purpose, no mission, no connection to myself or others. I was diagnosed with PTSD. I didn't fit in at home. I didn't have a purpose to move towards. I was drifting.


After a few years of heavy drinking to avoid the pain of combat memories, I changed my life and sobered up. I found connection with family, community, and a purpose - to help others heal just as my counselors helped me. I found triathlon and began racing to honor my fallen friends. I wear the names of 29 Marines each race. It's my way of honoring them - by striving to be the best version of myself.  


I don't need pity and I am not broken. I just needed an opportunity to succeed. 


Sentinels of Freedom provide severely wounded veterans with that opportunity to succeed. They have treated veterans with dignity while providing scholarships that focus support in Education, Housing, Mentoring, Employment, Career and Networking Assistance, and Financial Planning.  Essentially, they let veterans and their families focus on earning a degree and finding a fulfilling career by taking care of the extraneous costs the G.I. Bill does not address.


As a licensed clinical social worker with the Department of Veterans Affairs, I serve fellow vets each day.  I have seen the impact that Sentinels of Freedom has provided in my own community and across the country.


Please join me in assisting those who have already served our country and are looking for the opportunity to do so again. I picked $18,000 as my fundraising goal because it seems audacious and because of my roots with 1st Battalion, 8th Marines! 



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$22,322

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Terry & Kathy Rogelstad

    $50

  • Joshua Gass

    $100

  • G. Clark

    $50

  • Jessica Garakian

    $50

  • Weber's

    $50

  • Skippy

    $500

  • Paul Oneal

    $50

  • Robert and Cheryl Baird

    $100

  • Shari Blackburn

    $25

  • Alexis Tovar

    $50

  • Darcy and Teri

    $100

  • Mike mendoza "thepatriotracer.com"

    $100

  • John Stone

    $100

  • Debbie Ayres

    $25

  • Rich Ergo

    $500

  • Kwittken

    $1,000

  • Donna Withrow

    $25

  • Dave Bradley

    $100

  • Christina Maik

    $25

  • Bonnie Mills

    $50

  • Patti Bauernfeind

    $50

  • Rick and Kathy Bowles

    $500

  • R Cee Ergo

    $50

  • Bowles & Verna LLP

    $2,500

  • Cheryl Noll

    $100

  • Kim Pelz

    $50

  • Jessica Kemp

    $50

  • Mark Lynch

    $50

  • Teresa and Andy Halperin

    $50

  • Gil & Judy Gillivan

    $50

  • Daryl Brand

    $25

  • Mark

    $40

  • Paul & Jennifer Anderson

     

  • Melissa Ergo

     

  • Lori B

    $50

  • CowboyCrickets.com

     

  • L&P Shelton

     

  • Ryan Nelson

    $50

  • Jessica Bayer & Shawn Cruz

    $100

  • Rebecca Rogers

    $50

  • Eric and Hope Ammerman

    $50

  • carolyn

    $50

  • Marlene Alves

    $25

  • Lisa Harvey & David Taylor

    $50

  • Timothy Carlin

    $50

  • Karen and Joe Beall

    $50

  • David Lukoff

    $50

  • catherine armstrong

     

  • henry lam

    $100

  • Debbie Bergvall

    $100

  • Bob Simmons & Judy Whelan

    $100

  • Veronica Gunnersen

    $100

  • Mark & Christen R

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Patrick Wilkinson

    $35

  • Lauren & Murali

    $50

  • Art Yeend

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Run Away from Zombies

    $20

  • Anonymous

     

  • Allen & Maureen

    $500

  • Paul and Deidre

    $100

  • Mary Anne & Claude Weatherwax

    $25

  • Keith and Cheryl Smith

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Will Scott

    $100

  • Chris Aleksunas

     

  • Jonathan Robbins

    $100

  • Brad Gothberg

    $100

  • Kerry O'Brien

    $200

  • Ken F

    $25

  • mom of FL US CG mom in Livermore

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Mike & Judith Rothman

    $50

  • Rich Carlston

    $100

  • "Bailey"and Alpha 2/506th 101st VN

    $100

  • Kristin Mavromatis

    $100

  • Donald and Tricia

    $100

  • Tim and Joanie Merrill

    $50

  • Perry Chattler

    $50

  • Brian Davidson

    $100

  • Jon & Cathy

    $50

  • Gino Verza

    $50

  • Capt Scott Brown

    $100

  • Dave & Jan Smith

    $50

  • Silent Auction Event

    $11,402

  • Danette and Geoff Wieczynski

    $140.60

  • Stu Williams

    $100

  • The Schiff Family (your neighbors)

    $100

  • The Wolf Pack

    $25

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124% Raised of $18,000 Goal

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The Team: $22,322 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Michael Ergo

Amount Raised

$22,322

 

124% Raised of $18,000 Goal

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Donor Comments

The Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack

DONATION: $25

Very proud to call you a friend. Thank you for the work you do. 5 days ago

The Schiff Family (your neighbors)

The Schiff Family (your neighbors)

DONATION: $100

1 week ago

Stu Williams

Stu Williams

DONATION: $100

1 week ago

Danette and Geoff Wieczynski

Danette and Geoff Wieczynski

DONATION: $140.60

Go.....go....go.... Enjoy every moment of the day. Thank you for your fund raising. 2 weeks ago

Silent Auction Event

Silent Auction Event

DONATION: $11,402

2 weeks ago

Dave & Jan Smith

Dave & Jan Smith

DONATION: $50

2 weeks ago

Capt Scott Brown

Capt Scott Brown

DONATION: $100

S/f 2 weeks ago

Gino Verza

Gino Verza

DONATION: $50

Thank you to those who served our country 2 weeks ago

Jon & Cathy

Jon & Cathy

DONATION: $50

2 weeks ago

Brian Davidson

Brian Davidson

DONATION: $100

2 weeks ago