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2nd Annual “Healing Heroes” Motorcycle Ride on September 12, 2015 to benefit Boulder Crest Retreat
2nd Annual  “Healing Heroes” Motorcycle Ride on September 12, 2015 to benefit Boulder Crest Retreat

The 120-mile motorcycle ride takes place on the second anniversary of the free, country retreat in Loudoun County, Va. for wounded military members, veterans, and their families

Motorcyclists from around the greater Washington, D.C.-metropolitan area and other parts of the country as far away as Florida will gather for a 120-mile ride to Bluemont, Va., for the 2nd Annual Healing Heroes Ride to raise funds and awareness for Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness, the nation’s first private rural retreat for wounded U.S. military, veterans, and their families. The ride takes place on Saturday, September 12, and celebrates the second anniversary of the retreat’s opening in Loudoun County, Va. The Retreat has served more than 1,400 service members, veterans, and their families during the last two years of operations.

“We are thrilled with the level of support and participation from our area’s motorcycle clubs, riders and other organizations taking part in this year’s Healing Heroes Ride to raise funds and awareness for Boulder Crest Retreat,” said Jack Causa, chairman for the Healing Heroes Ride and former board member of Boulder Crest Retreat. “Our inaugural ride last year was a great success, and we have made the Healing Heroes Ride an annual event.  It is great to have our motorcycle community come together, many of whom are veterans, to support Boulder Crest Retreat, a tremendous organization that provides greatly needed support to our nation’s combat wounded warriors and their families.”
 
The Healing Heroes Ride is a popular 120-mile, “high-stakes” poker run with the first prize being two first-class airline tickets donated by American Airlines. The ride has two starting locations in Virginia; Patriot Harley-Davidson, the sponsoring dealership, at 9739 Fairfax Boulevard, Fairfax, Va. 22031, and the VFW Post 9760 at 425 S. Buckmarsh Street, Berryville, Va., 22611. The ride concludes with a celebration at Boulder Crest Retreat located at 18370 Bluemont Village Lane, Bluemont, Va., 20135. The celebration includes barbecue, live entertainment, parachute flag drop, silent auction, raffle drawing, and more. The cost to participate in the ride is $40 per person. Non-riders are welcome and can register online for $25 per person. All net proceeds benefit Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness.
 
“John Marshall Bank is dedicated to supporting community initiatives and is pleased to be the Lead Sponsor for this year’s Healing Heroes Ride.  As a rider and the father of a wounded warrior, I am personally committed to supporting veteran causes and this ride,” said Bill Ridenour, President, John Marshall Bank.
 
The Retreat opened its doors on September 6, 2013, and is the first private wellness center in the country serving active-duty, reserve and National Guard personnel, veterans, and their family members. In its first two years of operation, the Retreat has hosted more than 1,400 guests for a combination of structured therapeutic retreat programs and family rest and reconnection (R&R) stays. These family stays and retreat programs facilitate delivery of combat-related stress recovery programs to the population(s) we serve, free of charge.
 
“I would like to thank our very generous motorcycle community, many of them veterans, for the support they provide to Boulder Crest Resort and the work we do for our wounded military family.  Our sponsors also deserve a lot of recognition, especially our Presenting Sponsor John Marshall Bank, for its financial, rider and volunteer participation.  I am also grateful to Patriot Harley-Davidson, the Rolling Thunder community and so many others.  The efforts of all our supporters will bring comfort to many in our military who gave so much defending our freedom,” said Ken Falke, founder of Boulder Crest Retreat.
 
For more information and to register for the Healing Heroes Ride, please go to:
https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E160995&id=60
 
The Retreat welcomes wounded active-duty, reserve and National Guard personnel, veterans, their family members and caregivers, and Gold Star Families. Boulder Crest Retreat is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that is funded entirely by private donations by individuals and organizations from around the country. For more information about the retreat, please go to www.bouldercrestretreat.org.
 
ABOUT BOULDER CREST RETREAT
Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness is a rural sanctuary that provides free accommodations, recreational and therapeutic activities and programs to help our nation’s military and veteran personnel and their families recover and reconnect during their long journey of healing from physical and invisible wounds of war. The 37-acre retreat is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Bluemont, Virginia, just 50 miles west of Washington, D.C. The Retreat is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is entirely funded through private donations from individuals, foundations and corporations. For more information about Boulder Crest Retreat, please visit http://www.bouldercrestretreat.org.

 

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