LOUISVILLE, Kent. (Dec. 17, 2015)- With the help of approximately 50 gyms across America, local and national supporters, and the United States Coast Guard, a goal to lift 22 MILLION pounds was well exceeded on November 11th during the Active Heroes Pound Challenge event. The goal was set high, but supporters poured in from all across the nation to raise awareness about the reality of veteran suicide.
Nearly 29 MILLION pounds were lifted, which is the equivalent of roughly 245 Boeing-747 airliners, and about $16,000 was raised during this Veteran’s Day event. Donations will be used to support Active Heroes programs and the continued efforts to combat veteran suicide.
The Active Heroes Event Manager for the Pound Challenge, Jeremy Sneed, was elated to see the event bring so much awareness for veteran suicide. Sneed shared, “It was so amazing to see gyms supporting Active Heroes from all over the country, especially when our cause is such an under acknowledged topic.”
The telethon-style event took place at WAVE3 studios, and would not have been so successful without the numerous volunteers and gym partners. Volunteers included weight-lifters, call-takers, and a few key volunteer roles to help the event run so smoothly.
“We filled the studio beyond capacity with our volunteers and supporters, which was something WAVE3 had never seen before with a telethon,” Sneed stated.
If you missed the Pound Challenge event and would still like to donate, you can do so at www.ActiveHeroes.org/donate