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“Got Your Back Network” (GYBN), www.gotyourbacknetwork.org, is the primary charity of the ZOOMA run event in Annapolis, MD. Executives from ZOOMA expect to have 4000 runners participating in the event on Sunday. Among the runners will be several widows of fallen soldiers who will participating in the event. Dr. Vivianne Wersel, a widow from the DC Metro area, will be running on Sunday. She has had help in training for the event through her training “buddy”, Cori Koch, who works for Under Armour in Baltimore, MD.GYBN is reaching out to military organizations, NGOs and defense companies to ask for volunteers to help out with the ZOOMA run event in Annapolis, MD on June 4 and 5th, 2011. On June 4th there is pre-race registration, race packet pickup and marketplace expo at the Sheraton, Annapolis, 173 Jennifer Road, Annapolis, MD 21401. The running event is on Sunday, June 5th with running distances of 1.5 miles, 10 K and a half marathon. The ZOOMA after-party expo will be held at the End Zone of the Navy-Marine Corp Memorial Stadium after the runs. Please check the www.zoomarun.com website for more information.

Below is a short contribution from Meghan Shepard, another widow of a fallen soldier who will be running on Sunday:

“On Sunday, you can find me somewhere in between the winner of the race and the sag wagon. I won’t be alone though. I’ll be running side-by-side with my mom and many other inspirational women. No matter what, I know that someone has “got my back”. This organization allows us to celebrate the lives of our heroes, which is pivotal to our healing journey. The journey, too, is analogous to the miles we put on the pavement- some easy and others not so much- as we train for and complete the Zooma race.  I’ve been training for the half marathon this year with an expectation to have fun! The hard work is behind me (18 miles last Saturday!) and the heat is in front of me. My main goal is to own the Naval Academy Bridge and to embrace the challenges that accompany each mile. I hope to encourage others to keep running, just as they will encourage me.  It might not be pretty, but I will finish. This week is a time to celebrate our hard work.  I’ll be participating in Zooma’s Girls Night Out and Got Your Back Network’s pre-party. If you see me at either event, then please, let’s celebrate and give a “cheers” to the men and women who serve our great country.”

If you have any questions please contact me at rebaldwin1@verizon.net or calling me at 717-305-0159.

Thanks, Roy
President
GYBN

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The Martinis and Makeover Event is a wonderful evening to relax, have fun and honor the widows of many of our fallen heroes. The night will be filled with pampering by Saks Fifth Avenue, Georgetown Cupcake, music, a silent auction and of course with some special signature Martinis sponsored by Patrons Ultimat Vodka!

All proceeds from the Martinis and Makeover Event supports programs and events for the families of our fallen soldiers,hosted by The Got Your Back Network, a 501(c)(3) organization.

We’re counting on your support, and will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Thank you in advance for your willingness to support the efforts of The Got Your Back Network and make a difference in the lives of our families of our fallen.

If you are a spouse of our fallen please reach out to kathleen@gotyourbacknetwork.org for VIP tickets.

Please view our Facebook invitation.

www.gotyourbacknetwork.org

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AMERICAN FREEDOM FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH GOT YOUR BACK NETWORK
FOR AMERICAN FREEDOM FESTIVAL SAN DIEGO

LCDR ANDREW BALDWIN’S GOT YOUR BACK NETWORK WILL HONOR
MILITARY FAMILIES OF THE FALLEN AT ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

SAN DIEGO, CA – The American Freedom Foundation announces a new partnership with LCDR Andrew Baldwin’s Got Your Back Network at the 2ND  annual American Freedom Festival San Diego presented by SKYDEX to be held on May 28 at 7:30 p.m. aboard the USS Midway Museum.  The annual fundraising event  features Grammy award winning singer/songwriter Kenny Loggins with special guest, the U.S. Army’s own, Rena Marie Cunningham.  In support of their mission, AFF and Got Your Back Network will recognize and acknowledge 10 families who have lost loved ones while serving our country. A very special ceremony is planned to take place during the evening.

For more information, please call (619) 398-8241 www.midway.org/freedom or  www.americanfreedomfoundation.org

If you are a spouse of our fallen please reach out to shanaksmith@yahoo.com for VIP tickets.

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Registration is now open for ZOOMA Annapolis & ZOOMA Colorado Half Marathon & 10K! The ZOOMA Annapolis, MD and Colorado Springs runs are open to men and women over the age of twelve. Got Your Back Network has partnered with ZOOMA as the primary charity partner. Come on out to run, have fun and support GYBN!

The Annapolis, MD race is on Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 7:00 AM, REGISTER NOW to take advantage of early bird fees through March 12th, 2011.

The Colorado Springs race is on Sunday, July 17, 2011 @ 7:00 AM, REGISTER NOW to take advantage of early bird fees through April 23rd, 2011.

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Twenty bereaved widows and daughters of fallen military members will attend the Miss America Finals weekend courtesy of an initiative called Project Gratitude. This will be the Second Annual Project Gratitude Event.

The ladies will travel from around the country courtesy of American Airlines to take part in pageant festivities at Planet Hollywood as well the Venetian and a number of special events planned specifically for the women.

The event was the idea of Sharlene Hawkes, ‘Remember My Service’ president and a former Miss America. With the assistance of Darci Hansen, Founder/Editor-In-Chief of Elan Woman magazine, the friends created ‘Project Gratitude.’ 

“This is all about remembering the great service and ultimately, the great sacrifice that so many families make to preserve our way of life, and defend our liberties. Giving these women a royal weekend is the very least we can do for America’s greatest treasures and I am so thrilled that we are continuing this tradition.” said Hawkes.

The Project Gratitude organizers reached out to Got Your Back Network knowing our military survivors would benefit from a weekend of bonding and sharing a healthy, fun experience. Executive Director of Got Your Back Network, Kathleen Gagg will be spearheading this year’s event.

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It’s with great excitement that we announce the official launch of the GYBN vehicle donation program via National Charity Services. In short, any car, truck, RV, boat, motorcycle, etc. whats my ip . donated in our name will be auctioned off and we will receive a check for the full sale price of the item. This has the potential to be a valuable and consistent source of steady income for GYBN.

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As our foundation grows, our vision is to meet the specific dreams of each child. To maintain our success, Got Your Back Network relies on corporate sponsorships, individual donations, grants from foundations, business services, product donations and members promoting the work of Got Your Back Network. We invite you to be part of our team!