Oct 13 (Navy Birthday)-November 11 (Veteran’s Day)
Screaming Eagles Booster Club
* To date this event has turn over no funds to LHCP *
Armed Forces Freedom Ride 2010
Norwich, New York
May 15, 2010
Old Dogs Brotherhood-Tom Prosser 1st Annual Ride
100+riders showing their support to our military
8:30 am – 11:am
Ride Starts &
This is a nation wide ride and proceeds go to helping wounded vets.
-All out of town riders will have discounted room rates at:
-The Norwich Inn
-Camping will also be available in the city of Norwich.
-Showers will be available for riders at the YMCA.
There will be:
-All money raised will go to the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project to help our military personnel who were injured in the Middle East conflict.
-Come one come all to show support for our American service men & women in military past, present, MIAs, POWs
* To date this event has turn over no funds to LHCP *
Legion Riders saddle up in support of injured combat veteransBy: Melissa Stagnaro, Sun Staff Writer Published: May 7th, 2010
NORWICH Over the last four years, the American Legion Riders of Norwich’s Warren Eaton Post 189 have raised more than $3,700 for the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project, which supports American soldiers wounded in combat overseas.
Saturday, May 15 rain or shine the local veterans group will host their fifth annual Poker Run in support of this cause, to which they are so committed
This ride and event is for our combat veterans and the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project, said ALR Post 189 President Paul Russo.
According Russo, combat veterans wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan are sent to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, the largest American hospital located outside of the United States. There they receive treatment and rehabilitation for their injuries before returning home for further treatment. Often their injuries are severe and their stays at the hospital lengthy.
LHCP was founded in 2004 by Karen Grimord, a woman Russo describes as a living angel. The non-profit provides comfort and relief items which enhance the morale and welfare of the wounded soldiers while they are hospitalized, according to the organizations website.
Grimord, who lives in the DC area, has attended all but one of the poker runs hosted by the local American Legion Riders to date, Russo said. She and her husband Brian are planning to make the trip again this year.
Last year, some 140 riders participated in the run, and organizers are hoping to have as least as many this year for the “scenic and leisurely” 80-plus mile tour of the area’s paved country roads.
According to Public Affairs Officer Bill Fowler, registration will open at 10:30 a.m. on the morning of the event at the Lt. Warren Eaton American Legion Post 189, 29 Sheldon St. in Norwich. The entry fee will be $10 per hand. Bikes will leave the post between 11 am. and noon.
“You have the choice of riding solo or ‘running with the pack’ in our group ride,” he reported.
According to Fowler, the planned route includes stops at the New York State Veterans’ Home in Oxford, the Outpost in East McDonough, the Balsam Inn in East Pharsalia, the American Legion Post in South Otselic and a final stop at Seebers Tavern in Smithville Flats before returning to the Norwich American Legion Post.
“Once everyone has safely returned, we will have an awards ceremony, a dedication of the proceeds and remarks from the LHCP President, 50/50 drawings and door prize giveaways,” he said.
To participate, all riders must be at least 18 years of age and posses a valid operator’s license. Bikes must be properly licensed, registered, inspected and insured.
According to Russo, the American Legion Riders Post 189 event is not affiliated with the Freedom Ride which will be held on the same day. Both rides will benefit LHCP.
For more information on the poker run, contact Fowler at 656-5697 or via email at ALRPost189@yahoo.com.
For additional information about the cause, visit LandstuhlHospitalCareProject.org
Local vets raise money for injured soldiersBy: Melissa Stagnaro, Sun Staff Writer Published: May 1st, 2009
NORWICH – This weekend, motorcycle riders will have the chance to take a scenic, hundred-mile ride through Chenango County, and it’s all for a good cause.
Saturday, rain or shine, the American Legion Riders from the Lt. Warren Eaton Post in Norwich will host their fourth annual Poker Run. Proceeds from the charity event will be donated to the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project, which supports American soldiers injured in combat overseas
According to local American Legion Riders President Paul Russo, combat veterans wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan are sent to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, the largest American hospital located outside of the US. There they receive treatment and rehabilitation for their injuries before returning home. Often their injuries are severe and their stays at the hospital lengthy.
LHCP provides items which “enhance the morale and welfare” of the wounded soldiers while they are hospitalized, according to the organization’s website. This includes clothing items like sweat pants, sweatshirts and pajamas, Russo explained.
The non-profit was founded in 2004 by Karen Grimord, who will attend this weekend’s event with her husband. “She’s really a remarkable woman,” said Russo, who described Grimord as a “living angel.”
Each year the Poker Run is attended not by just vets, Russo explained, but many other riders and clubs. “It’s a touching moment when you see all these people come out for this,” he said. “They are so supportive.”
The newly-formed local chapter of the Red Knights, comprised of volunteer fire-fighters and emergency squad members from Chenango and Broome countries, will be among this year’s participants.
According to Russo, registration will open at 10:30 a.m. on the morning of the event at the Lt. Warren Eaton American Legion Post 189, 29 Sheldon St. in Norwich. The entry fee will be $10 per hand. Bikers will leave the post between 11 a.m. and noon.
The planned route includes stops at the new York State Veteran’s Home in Oxford, the Old Mill Restraurant in Greene, Seebers Tavern in Smithville Flats, the Georgetown Inn and the Honkey Tonk in Sherburne before returning to the Norwich American Legion Post. The last hand must be in by 4 p.m., and awards will be given out at 4:30 p.m.
To participate, all riders must be at least 18 years of age and possess a valid operator’s license. Bikes must be properly licensed, registered, inspected and insured.
For more information on the poker run, contact Bill at 656-5697 or via e-mail at ALRPost189@yahoo.com.
For additional information about the cause, visit LandstuhlHospitalCareProject.org. Those who wish to donate to the cause, but chose not to participate in the poker run, are encouraged to do so.
“Any donations are definitely welcome,” Russo said.
Vocera Supports Wounded Troops through the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project
Vocera contribution will support combat wounded veterans
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Vocera, Inc., has made a financial contribution to the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project (LHCP) to provide comfort and relief items for military personnel who become sick, injured, or wounded from service in Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan. LHCP collects and distributes personal and care items to military patients, men and women of the armed forces, at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and to field hospitals with additional needs.
“The contribution from Vocera will allow us to provide additional comfort items to wounded personnel at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) in Germany, the largest American military hospital outside the United States and to field hospitals in Afghanistan and Iraq, within minutes of their injury and arrival at a military Med Station,” said Karen Grimord, founder of the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project. “Donations allow LHCP to bring a touch of home and love to patients cared for far from our borders.”
Each LHCP shipment is sent in honor of a military member who has made the ultimate sacrifice and lost his or her life in service to our country. Hospital staff report that when patients learn that they and their fallen service members are remembered “back home,” spirits are lifted.
“Vocera is humbled by the commitment of the troops that serve our country,” said Bob Zollars, Chairman and CEO of Vocera Communications. “Several of Vocera’s staff members have had the privilege to work as technology consultants at Landstuhl. We have seen first hand the spirit and dedication of the VA staff and the patients they care for.”
The Landstuhl Hospital Care Project (LHCP) is a non-profit organization. Donations to LRMC are done through the Wounded Warrior Ministry Center. This allows all in-patients, out-patients, LRMC liaisons, LRMC nurses and medical escorts access to supplies. The purpose of the program is to enhance the morale and welfare for troops and veterans by contributing quality-of-life items.
Vocera Inc. provides wireless communication systems enabling instant voice communication among mobile workers for leading institutions and companies requiring enhanced customer service, productivity, and teamwork.. The AHA Solutions division of the American Hospital Association has endorsed the Vocera communications system for instant voice communication in healthcare. The system is installed in over 600 hospitals around the world. The company, based in San Jose, Calif., sells to customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.”
Thank you to Vocera Communications and its employees. At a time when philanthropic giving is threatened by bottom lines, it is uplifting to see that some companies are still able to reach out and help where there is a need.
2008 BAE Systems Yearly EventsMojave, CA
“The Rotary Clubs of Lancaster and Lancaster West recently joined forces to present over 60 pairs of pajamas to Denise German, Charity Challenge Coordinator for BAE Systems, Flight Systems. The Pajamas were presented in supp or t of the Company’s 2008 Charity Challenge, America Supp or ts You, Landstuhl Hospital Care Project (LCHP). LCHP is a non-profit organization that provides comfort and relief items f or military members who become sick, injured, or wounded from service in Iraq , Kuwait and Afghanistan . Donated items will be distributed to patients at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany , the largest American military hospital outside of the US ; and to field hospitals in Afghanistan and Iraq ; and to VA Facilities throughout the United States ”.Left – Denise German, Charity Challenge Coordinator for BAE Systems, Flight Systems. Right – Barbara Sellon, Secretary Rotary Club of Lancaster.
Veteran’s Day Fundraiser
Sunday Nov 9 2008
Soldier Down 2008
Bike Show Guest Judge
MONDO “The Godfather of Choppers” of Denver’s Choppers
Soldier Down Fundraiser
Fort Mohave, Arizona
Dear Sir or Madam,
On October 18th, 2008 McCaa’s Enterprises will be sponsoring a charity event for the benefit of wounded American armed forces personnel. We are raising money and goods to support the Landstuhl Care Project (LHCP). The LHCP provides comfort and relief items for military members who become sick, injured or wounded from service in Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan.
Donated items are distributed to military patients at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, or are sent to field hospitals with needs that we have learned about from patient liaisons.
Many of the military personnel are grievously wounded and require long hospitalization and rehabilitation. The purpose of LHCP’s program is to enhance the morale and welfare of the wounded by contributing quality of life items such as sweat pants, sweat shirts, pajamas, lounge pants, boxers, socks, and seasonal jackets or coats. Combat Support Hospitals also receive items such as sheets, blankets, pillows, and towels. Each shipment that Landstuhl Hospital Care Project sends is sent in honor of a military member who has made the ultimate sacrifice and lost his or her life in service to our country.
We are approaching area business and individuals to help with our event by donating money, food, paper goods, raffle prizes, postage (to ship goods to the Virginia based LHCP) and any of the items listed on the attached flyer.
We hope that you can help us to help the men and women who have put it all on the line for what is still the greatest country in the world. Your donations will help our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines know that they are supported.
In exchange for your donation we can offer you publicized recognition at the level of press, radio and TV, as well as recognition during the event via announcements and printed materials (i.e., posters).
If you have any questions about our event or how to help, (or suggestions too!), please feel free to contact one of us at the numbers also listed on the flyer.Sincerely, Liz Davis-Joyce 530-701-6062 Lydia Smith 928-303-8557 McCaa’s Enterprises – 1516 Courtney Pl Suite E. Fort Mohave Arizona
|It was a perfect day on July 21st, even with the little bit of rain that fell, and great fun was had by all who attended The James E. Kier Memorial Golf Tournament benefiting The Landstuhl Hospital Care Project. Kier employees thoroughly enjoyed the company of their friends and associates and appreciate so much their support for this very worthwhile project.It was a full tournament with 36 teams, a total of 144 players. There were also 36 hole sponsors contributing $500 per sponsor of which $467 went directly to the Project. Total cash received from hole contests was $1,080.00, also going directly to the Project. The Kier Companies will give a donation of approximately $24,000.00 toward The Landstuhl Hospital Care Project.It was with pleasure that James Spliedt got to personally present the Kier family with a Certificate of Appreciation on April 13, 2009. Norma Kier selected LHCP for the 2008 Kier Memorial Golf Tournament and was held in Ogden Utah on July 21, 2008. This golf tournament raised much needed funding for LHCP during this economic downturn.|
Norwich 3rd Annual Ride for Troops
Dear Karen, Brian, LHCP Staff and Veterans.
Our third annual Poker Run at the Lt. Warren Eaton Post 189 in Norwich N.Y. went well. There was a threat of rain during the afternoon. As the saying goes, weather will not stop our cause for our Veterans serve us 24/7 and continue the mission no matter what the weather is.
We had 50 motorcycles and Legion Riders from the Various Posts; Oneonta Vets Club, Sackets Harbor, Munnsville, Waterville, Binghamton and Penn Yan PA.
We started off at 11:15 am with Bill Fowler leading the way. As we were turning to cross over the Chenango river and exiting Norwich our Norwich City Fire Department was on the side of the road with a Hook and ladder fire truck, the ladder was extended over Rexford St. with the American Flag suspended in the air. (Compliments from Jeff Stewart). What an awesome and touching site.
As we continued down the road with our first stop at the New York State Veterans Home in Oxford you can tell we road for a great cause. We met several veteran patients at the Vets Home and the Riders couldn’t stop talking about the Flag over the road and the spirit of why we were there that day. We had a group photo with a special Vietnam Veteran named Jim. Jim use to ride and was very appreciated we visited and gave him his wish, (a group photo).
As we road to Greene we stopped for ice cream, still no rain. Then off to Seebers Tavern in Smithville Flats for our third stop. The twenty minute stops were great, but as we were in Smithville the clouds started to come in from the South West and we were heading North. So off we went to the Balsam Inn in East Pharsalla. As we arrived it just started raining lightly and we took cover, however most of us just relaxed and enjoyed the moments.
After the Balsam Inn we kept to our route and went up County Rte 10, W to Route 23 East back to Norwich. As we turned onto Rte 23 the sun came out and the group formation was tight and flawless, the steady stream of motorcycles was so impressive! Most of the time I was a road guard and in the rear of the pack. Being in the back gives you a sense of protection and pride for the group and gives you a different perspective of following the true spirit of being free and working together as a team. The red taillights illuminate and let the person behind know we are there and that we are a group of Riders who pave the way!
As we approached Norwich and entered the Post we parked our Motorcycles in the big lot out back. It was impressive to see the smiles and enjoyment of the ride. Many couldn’t say enough about the beauty of the roads in Chenango County and the route we planned.
Once inside with rain on it’s way, we had an opening prayer and moment of silence for our combat veterans. The quote I used was;” For those that fought for it… Life has a flavor that the protected will never know”.
We started with door prizes from many local merchants that understood the cause. Then we had trophies to give out, Best Poker Hand with a $25 gas card, Worst Poker Hand with a $10 gas card, Choice Bike with gas card and a $25 gas card for longest distance to travel.
Everyone started to depart at 3:30 pm due the threat of heavy rain. As they were leaving I prayed for their safety and as the saying goes, keep the rubber on the road! The experience and dedication our fellow Legion Riders and guests showed they truly care enough to make a difference for the LHCP purpose!
I was honored to ride with many American Legion Riders groups from NY and PA. It is truly a reminder to be an American and respect what our Veterans are doing, both active, retired and for those that served. There were many supporters that truly understand our goals and mission to help our fellow comrades in need.American Legion Riders, Post 189 President, Paul Russo
THE NEXT NORWICH RIDE IS ALREADY SCHEDULE FOR MAY 2, 2009
Dozens of motorcycles were lined up at Dale City American Legion Post 1503 on July 29, as eager riders prepared to take part in a charity poker ride to support the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project.
“If only the troops could see that all of these guys have their backs,” said LHCP president Karen Grimord as she looked over the row of gleaming Harleys.
LHCP is a non-profit organization that provides comfort and relief items free of charge to military personnel who become sick, injured or wounded as a result of their service in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan. Donated items are distributed to military patients at Landstuhl Hospital, the largest American military hospital outside the United States.
“My son was born at Landstuhl,” said Julie Tichonhuk of Dumfries as she signed up for the ride.
The event included a variation of five-card stud poker and led bikers on a more than 120-mile journey through Dale City, Woodbridge, Manassas and finally Stafford, where they finished at American Legion Post 290.
“Somebody has to support them,” said Joe Jablonski, a Marine Corps veteran from Gainesville who made the ride.
Riders had to pay a $20 entry fee to play poker. They each received a spreadsheet that contained all card numbers and suits at the beginning of the ride. Participants made five stops along the route, where they drew cards. Those with the highest and lowest hands won a cash prize at the end.
Army veteran Jon Banks of Fairfax said he debated on whether or not to attend church or participate in the ride. After praying about it, he opted to hop on his Harley.
“It’s for the troops,” he said. “I just got the sensation that if I’m doing something good for somebody, it’s as good as going to church.”
|Poker Ride Mike Lee and Riders||Bike 2||Poker Ride Karen, Sharon & Karen|
|Bike 3||Poker Ride Signing Up||Poker Ride Pavilion|
Bikers from around the region will gather Sunday to take a little road trip, play some poker and raise money for a good cause.
Starting at 8:30 a.m., motorcycles will gather at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1503 in Dale City to begin the second annual Landstuhl Hospital Care Project Charity Poker Ride.
“Bikers are big supporters of a lot of non-profit organizations and charities,” said Landstuhl Hospital Care Project founder and biker Karen Grimord. “Some bikers have tattoos, leather and the whole nine yards, but they have deep pockets too and love to help out.”
Sunday’s charity event, which also includes a variation of five-card stud poker, will bring bikers on a 117-mile journey through Manassas, Woodbridge and then into Stafford where they will finish at American Legion Post 290, according to Michael Lee, chairman of the poker ride.
In order to play the poker game, riders, who pay a $20 entry fee, get a spreadsheet that contains all card numbers and suits at the start of the event, Lee said, noting that entry-fees go to the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project. Participants make five stops along the route to draw cards and those with the highest hand, and the lowest, win a cash prize at the end.
“Most motorcyclists like to come out and support these things,” Lee said, noting that they had about 100 participants last year and raised about $7,000. “They don’t need much of an excuse to get out and ride.”
Prizes are awarded at the end of the ride at the Stafford American Legion, Lee said. There will also be food, a 50/50 raffle and door prizes that have been donated by area businesses.
The Landstuhl project is a non-profit organization that purchases and supplies “comfort and relief” items for military personnel sick or injured in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan, according to its Web site. Items are distributed to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, field hospitals in Afghanistan and Iraq and to Veterans Affairs facilities in America.
“I’m a Vietnam vet,” Lee said, about why he got involved with the poker ride. “I know these kids are coming back seriously wounded and then oftentimes are just forgotten. They come out of Afghanistan or Iraq, show up at Landstuhl and have nothing – no toothbrushes, clean clothes, nothing. This project helps out with that.”
Grimord said they send a variety of supplies, but what is currently in demand is duffle bags, breakaway pants, pajama bottoms for men, fleece blankets and men’s travel size deodorant. The organization ships every week, Grimord said, adding that they will soon be getting, and then shipping, 1,400 pounds of blankets.
“I know these kids overseas need all the help they can get and that’s my motivation, and the motivation of the people involved,” Lee said. “I’m just happy people have fun and are raising money for a good cause.”
Grimord said the Landstuhl project also aims to help keep up troops’ spirits, letting soldiers know they have support back home. Grimord said that oftentimes the men and women feel they aren’t supported, and she hopes the donations and photos from fundraisers like the poker ride will show them otherwise.
“If the troops could only see the people that come out on this ride and see how much support they have,” Grimord said. “It is just a great event and shows many people do care.”
Want to go?
What: Landstuhl Hospital Care Project Charity Poker Ride
Where: VFW Post 1503 – 14631 Minnieville Road in Dale City
Time: Registration begins at 8:30 am.; the ride at 10 a.m.
Cost: $20 and an additional $5 to play two poker games.
“Ma’am do American’s still support our effort, do they still care?” I have been asked this question several times over the last 12 months by troops serving in OIF/OEF. My answer is always yes and I’m sorry our media feels more incline to show those that do not, but trust me we are still here.
The Norwich American Legion Riders from post 189 held their second annual LHCP benefit. As I traveled through the beautiful hills of Chenago County with the red barns, white silos and homes with large front porches I thought about last years motorcycle rally and the dedication and conviction these individuals had shown our troops. It has been exactly a year since their last benefit; would the residents of Chenago County be less supportive of our troops, as the main stream media has been reporting of our American population? I can report that a lack of support is not happening in Chenago County, in fact it more than doubled, hooah!
I want to tell you that my words will never express the outpouring of support I viewed through the side mirror of a motorcycle this past weekend. When you look in a mirror you usually see what you have left behind, passed by or what is getting ready to pass you but in Norwich , NY it was different. The route is 80 miles though winding, curving, wooded, beautiful back country mountain roads.
I could not help but notice the farmer’s fields that had not yet been planted and watch the birds swimming in the large pools of water, either from a recent rain or from all the snow that had just melted. I noticed that you would not lose site of one silo before seeing another. But as we got into the route I saw them, they were all lined up like military troops themselves. One leading the pack, then one on the right, one on the left about 15 yards behind, then another on the right, about the same 15 yards, another to the left. Then myself and in the side mirror I saw those that continued behind me. Some might think they were just all following the leader but it is so much more.
Look in the side mirror and you see the lights from each bike and you realize that each one is a beacon of pride, faith and each light represents another American that came out to say I have your back. That beacon of light that says can you see us, we are here and we will not forget that you are there, defending freedom. Have faith in us that we will be here for you now and when you return; we will have faith in you.
As we would crest a hill I would lose site of those at my back but the sound of their bikes let me know they were ok and one by one the lights would emerge over the crest to say I’m still here. We may have been individual’s each with our own type of motorcycle and not able to verbally speak, but we traveled through the 80 miles as one, our engines our voices, united for our military troops.
Thank you Paul, Bill and all the American Legion Riders from Norwich!!