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3/17/13 –Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon– Atlanta
3/17/13 –NYC Half Marathon– New York City
4/20/13 –Rugged Maniac– Asheboro, NC
5/4/13 – Rugged Maniac– Richmond, VA
5/18/13- Rugged Maniac– Denver, CO
5/5/13 – Flying Pig Marathon – Cincinnati
5/18/13 –Rugged Maniac– Denver
6/1/13 – AllState Chicago 13.1 Marathon– Chicago
7/13/13- Rugged Maniac– Englishtown, NJ
7/20/13- Rugged Maniac- Rancho Murieta, CA
8/3/13- Rugged Maniac- Wilmot, WI
9/14/13- Rugged Maniac- Paoli, IN
9/21/13- Air Force Marathon- Dayton, OH
10/12/13- Rugged Maniac- Temecula, CA
10/27/13 - Marine Corps Marathon– Washington, DC
11/03/13– NYC Marathon– New York City
11/02/13-Rugged Maniac- Clarksburg, MD
Phi Sigma Kappa Stuffs Backpacks for Military Kids
The men of Phi Sigma Kappa, a men’s national fraternity, helped bring joy to local military children as they head back to school this fall. Nearly two dozen Phi Sig undergrads from across the country filled 300 backpacks with schools supplies for military children in Indiana, as part of USO Indiana’s Young Einstein program. The young collegiates arrived at Tyndall Armory as part of Phi Sigma Kappa’s prestigious Robert M. Zillgitt Leadership Institute, a high-level leadership experience for pre-selected fraternity brothers. The Zillgitt Leadership Institute, a facet of the fraternity’s annual leadership school held in Indianapolis every other year, aims to instill a sense of community service within its participants through events such as stuffing backpacks. The brothers also toured the downtown Indianapolis War Memorial, and they learned more about the USO, its programs and its services for the military and their families. Ed Kovacs, fraternity lead facilitator said, “It was a meaningful and important experience for all who attended.”
Phi Gamma Delta Stuffs Care Packages for Troops
While the brothers of Phi Gamma Delta were gathered for their Ekklesia (national convention) at the Marriott in New Orleans in August they took time out to support troops returning to the Gulf Coast area. Undergraduate and graduate brothers assembled over 500 care packages filled with basic toiletries like razors, shave cream, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, and shampoo. They also packed snacks like beef sticks, trail mix, crystal light packets, rice crispy treats, chips, and nuts along with entertainment item like Sudoku or cards. The brothers also took the time to write personal notes of thanks to the returning troops. USO Gulf Coast Center Director Filice Gillum will provide the kits to troops as they return from Afghanistan. She says these kits are so important for returning troops who often arrive days before their personal items so having a care package that provides them with a piece of home means the world to them. Rob Caudill, Director of Education for Phi Gamma Delta, said, “Our brothers recognize the sacrifices made by troops serving oversees; many have served themselves or have friends who are currently deployed. When we heard the need by the Gulf Coast Center, we knew this would be a great way to show our appreciation. “
Phi Gam Brothers PUSH 6,000 pound Humvee
Phi Gamma Delta, College Republicans, and the U.S. Army held “The Push” on the campus of John Hopkins University Saturday April 28th. The Hopkins Community gathered in Wyman Park for a competition to see which team could push a 6,000 lb. up-armored Army humvee the fastest to raise money for the USO. Fraternities, sororities, athletic teams and other on-campus groups built teams of ten and raced to push the humvee across the finish line the fastest. Each team member raised a minimum of ten dollars to participate. The first place winner came away with a $300 gift card to PJ’s Pub. “We believe strongly in supporting our troops and are excited to engage the Hopkins Community in raising money for this organization,” said Phi Gamma Delta’s Michael St. Germain. All in all, $2000 was raised to support troops and families. To make a donation in support of this team click here. To read more stories about Phi Gamma Delta brothers supporting the USO click here.
Bowling for the Troops
The Northern Utah Harley Owners Group bowling league spent the winter bowling for a good cause. Bowlers gave a percentage of their bowling dues each week to the USO. They also held a strike it rich pot where bowlers bought tickets and won half the pot if they bowled a strike, the other half was given to the USO. The bowlers at the Sparetime Family Fun Center in Roy, Utah collected $1818 to support troops and families.
Pennsylvania AFSCME Members donate $5,000 to help Military Families
Pennsylvania workers represented by AFSCME Council 13 are donating $5,000 and 400 books to help connect military families. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 13’s Next Wave committee made up of AFSCME leaders under the age of 35 held a book and donation drive at the AFSCME Council 13 convention in Hershey, PA in April to support the USO and United Through Reading’s Military Program. Whether troops are stationed at a forward operating base in Afghanistan or deploying overseas, they can visit their participating USO center to read a story aloud to their child. Mom or Dad’s special storytime is recorded on camera, and the USO mails this priceless DVD and book home. Children can watch and listen to their parent at bedtime, naptime or anytime. “You can always count on Council 13 members to do all they can for our military. Our delegation in April was truly moved to hear about the overwhelming success of the USO’s United Through Reading program, and I couldn’t be more proud of the efforts put forth by our membership to bring deployed troops and their families just a little bit closer,” said David Fillman, Executive Director of AFSCME Council 13. With the aid of many members and locals from across the state, AFSCME Council 13’s donation will help 900 military children “see” their deployed mom or dad and help to lift the spirits of our nation's youngest heroes. AFSCME Council 13 is the largest public sector union in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and today the union represents more than 65,000 employees of Pennsylvania and its counties, municipalities, cities, school districts, authorities, non-profits and health care facilities. For more information go to AFSCME13.org
FIJI Fastball Tournament Hits a Home Run
Congratulations Phi Gamma Delta Upsilon Phi Chapter! You scored big with your annual FIJI Fastball tournament in February raising over $2700 to support America’s troops and families. This year’s charity whiffleball tournament was open to all sororities at the University of Florida. Players formed teams and paid an entry fee while FIJI brothers acted as coaches. The teams competed to raise money for a great cause and to give back to our troops both at home and abroad that have given so much to protect our country. “At the end of the day there is no greater reward than giving back to others especially those that have sacrificed so much for all of us already,” said Alex Pacheco, Upsilon Phi Chapter. Click here to make a donation to the Upsilon Phi team.
Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Holds Silent Auction to Support Our Troops
The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO continually supports the brave men and women of our nation's armed services. Most recently, the Work & Family Committee held a silent auction at the PA AFL-CIO 40th Constitutional Convention to support Liberty USO of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey. All of the AFL-CIO locals in Pennsylvania pitched in to make it a success by providing gift baskets and sports tickets and memorabilia for the auction. They even awarded one local a prize for the best gift basket. The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO made a donation of $3160 to support the USO's many programs and services. "It's important that union members give back to the community, and they do. I find it very fitting and timely that our committee chose a fine organization like the USO to support, and provided an opportunity for our two organizations to learn more about each other." said Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder. For more information on the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO go to paaflcio.org.
Virginia Tech Phi Kappa Tau Helps Military Kids
The brother of Phi Kappa Tau at Virginia Tech showed off their baking skills all while raising funds for a good cause. The fraternity hosted a bake sale on campus to support United Through Reading’s Military Program. They raised a little over $180 that will help the USO provide 18 children with a book and video of their deployed parent reading them a story. PKT Brother Ryan Oberleitner said he understands the importance of connecting these children with their parents and hopes to do as much as he can to help more children “see” their mom or dad when they are stationed far from home. The fraternity also filled a banner with notes of thanks to our troops.
GFWC Club Helps Deployed Troops Read Bedtime Stories to their Kids
When the Benson Woman’s Club in Benson, Arizona heard about United Through Reading’s Military Program they knew they wanted to support this project. United Through Reading’s Military Program enables a service member to video record themselves reading a children’s book to their little ones back home. The USO then ships the DVD and book home to their family free of charge. The Benson Woman’s Club thought long and hard before coming up with a way to raise money to support the program. They said for years they have been supporting their kids and all their kids’ activities and decided now it was their turn. They asked their children and their friends for donations to support the USO and received an amazing $844. The club voted to increase their donation to the USO to $1,000. Corrine Valnes, Benson Woman’s Club president, said, “We feel this is a project worthy of our support as our Woman’s Club district here in Arizona has two military groups close by – Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista and Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson.” Click here to make a donation in support of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.
New York Elks Tour Fort Drum and Make Donation
The North Central District and the Ontario District of the New York Elks continue their long tradition of supporting our troops and families in their community. On Thursday, December 15, the Elks presented a check for $3723 to the USO of Fort Drum to support center operations and USO programs that help Fort Drum service members and their families. A group of about 15 Elks from the North Central District and the Ontario District along with Elks National President David Carr toured the military base and presented the check to USO Fort Drum Center Director Karen Clark. The North Central District and Ontario District, made up of 14 lodges and 5,000 members, hosted a dinner to raise the funds. They plan to continue to support USO Fort Drum annually. Earlier this year the Elks announced a national partnership with the USO and presented the USO with $25,000 for a USO2GO kit. The USO2GO kit provided some of the comforts of home to troops stationed at Forward Operating Base Shinwar, on the Pakistan/Afghan border. Check out the thank you video the troops shared with us. For more information about the Elks Veterans Service Programs please visit www.elks.org. Click here for more information about the Elks efforts to support the USO.
CCU Fiji's Smash Car to Raise Funds for the USO
Students climbed on top of a car at the Delta Colony of Phi Gamma Delta at Coastal Carolina University and dented the trunk, shattered the windows and knocked out headlights. The destruction was one way the group raised money to support our troops and their families through the USO.