Active Heroes to Host 12-hour Voting Marathon in Downtown Louisville as Final Push for $250,000 Grand Prize in National Facebook Contest
Active Heroes is Competing Against Nine Other Finalists in The Home Depot Foundation’s Aprons in Action Facebook Voting Contest; Second Place and Third Place Winners to Receive $150,000 and $100,000, Respectively
WHAT: On Friday, May 31 from noon to midnight, Active Heroes is hosting a live streamed event called the “Active Heroes Voting Marathon” at 4th Street Live! in downtown Louisville to inspire the city and viewers from across the nation to vote for the organization on Facebook. Active Heroes, the March winner of The Home Depot Foundation’s year-long Facebook voting program called Aprons in Action, is competing this month against nine other finalists for the $250,000 grand prize and will host the 12-hour event on the contest’s final day. The event will stream live online at www.ActiveHeroes.org.
In the final hours of the marathon, 4th Street Live! is hosting “Hot Country night” sponsored by WAMZ radio to provide music and entertainment during the home stretch.
WHERE: 4th Street Live!
420 W Liberty St
Louisville, KY 40202
** Active Heroes will set up near the Hard Rock Cafe with Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran, Troy Yocum, throughout the day. **
WHEN: Date: Friday, May 31
Time: Noon – Midnight
HOW TO VOTE: Voting runs from May 1 at 9 a.m. ET through May 31 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Find Aprons in Action on The Home Depot Foundation’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation. Voting is available on computers and mobile device web browsers. The final percentages of votes for each nonprofit will be posted on The Home Depot and The Home Depot Foundation’s Facebook pages on June 1 at 9 a.m. ET.
WHO: Several U.S military veterans and fans will show their support at the event by walking and running on a treadmill, riding exercise bikes, doing pushups, sit-ups and more to inspire the crowd.
Mac Alaniz, from “Running for a Cause,” is one of those supporters and he is ready for the challenge.
“I’m motivated knowing that I am helping to build a retreat and a place for our warriors to find healing and solace,” said Alaniz. “That’s what going to give me the strength to pull through this day as I run for them.”
Veteran Marc Dibernardo is stationed at Fort Campbell and will travel to Louisville to join the team.
“I have been working with our Olympic coaches and physical therapists to get ready for this.” said Dibernardo. “It will be a team effort to go all 12 hours and I will push until the end with my brothers.”
Veteran William Hansen will make the trip from California to support the effort
“Anytime I get an opportunity to work with a Veteran whose life goal is to help other veterans and their families, I dive in and do my part,” said Hansen. “As someone who has been deployed several times and was injured in my last deployment, I believe in never leaving a man/woman behind. I have been the one who was carried in the past. Now I strive to help carry my brothers and sisters.”
About Active Heroes: The mission of Active Heroes is to strengthen military families, serve veterans and benefit active duty military by providing financial support and community reintegration. Active Heroes is dedicated to connecting and helping America’s military families through financial assistance, active challenges, leadership training and community outreach to halt the triggering point and stress associated with hard times. Learn more at www.activeheroes.org.
About The Home Depot Foundation: The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to improving the homes of U.S. military veterans through financial and volunteer resources to help nonprofit organizations. The Foundation has committed $80 million to these efforts over five years.
Through Team Depot, the company’s associate-led volunteer program, thousands of Home Depot associates volunteer their time and talents to positively transform neighborhoods and perform basic repairs and modifications to homes and facilities serving veterans with critical housing needs.
Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $340 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities. To learn more and see our associates in action, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org, follow us on Twitter @homedepotfdn, and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation.