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Galveston Memorial Day Weekend 2007
Helping A Hero
News Release
Sunday, May 27, 2007

This is a photo of one of  the wounded US Army soldiers that Helping a Hero  is helping. He is surrounded by volunteers and fellow soldiers who helped welcome him home. This young man is a symbol  of the mission of Helping a Hero.Imagine waking up every day without one or more of your limbs, with severe burns or paralyzed.  For hundreds of War on Terror US wounded war veterans these new physical realities will be with them for the rest of their lives. With this reality in mind, several Bay Area Houston citizens joined together in 2006 to form Helping a Hero, a 501 (c)(3) non- partisan, non-profit with the mission to fund programs and services which provide financial, emotional, educational, mentoring, recreational, and scholarship support for injured military personnel and their families. 
 
Helping A Hero raises funds in a variety of ways,mainly sponsoring special events.  A Freedom Celebration is planned for June 30-July 1 in the Clear Lake area. Several wounded warriors from Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio as well as some local wounded veterans will participate in these events.  A 5K/1k Run, Walk, or Wheel will be held in Nassau Bay, June 30 at 6:30 a.m. Start and finish at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church parking lot on San Sebastian. This timed event will have awards and free breakfast for participants. Registration is available on line at www.signmeup.com/57202, and in person at The Runner's Link, 2700 Marina Bay Drive, League City (281-538 RUNN).
 
Sunday, July 1 includes attendance at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Freedom Celebration services during which all military (including the wounded) will be honored at both 9:30 and 11:00 services.  
 
In addition, orders are now being taken for BBQ meals prepared by the Holy Smokers, GDLC men's ministry.  The dinners of brisquet and sausage, potato salad and beans are $10.00 each.  A child's meal of 2 hot dogs and chips costs $3.00.  Meals can be ordered on line at www.helpingahero.org . or call Helping A Hero at 281 333 2393, M-F, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Meals can be picked up Sunday, July 1 between 11 and 1 at the Nassau Bay Fire Station. For the Seabrook Tourism Center.For those wanting to " eat in" A small outdoor eating area will be available at the Nassau Bay Fire Department. . Sno cones and drinks will be sold at the Nassau Bay pick up location. Volunteers are needed to help with providing BBQ pits, preparation, distribution, and clean up. For more information about volunteering for the cooking event, contact Bill Whatley, 281-488-6883.   
 
Also planned is the Helping A Hero Boat Parade, Sunday afternoon.  This patriotic event will start on Clear Lake , proceed through the Seabrook/Kemah channel to Galveston Bay.  Entry fee is $35.00.  Participants are asked to decorate boats in a patriotic theme.  Start time is 2:15 p.m. A skippers meeting/reception will be held Saturday afternoon.  For more detailed information go to the http://www.helpingahero.org/ website.  
 
Sponsorships for these events are still available. For sponsorship information contact Jim Stoa, Executive Director, 713-805-2022 or email jimstoa@helpingahero.org.  Volunteer opportunities for this or other events are available online.
            
Donations are always welcome. Online donations can be made at www.helpingahero.org . Checks can be sent to Helping A Hero, 18315 Hereford Ln., Nassau Bay, TX 77058 





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