UPDATE: 6/27/2012 8:56PM
It's a huge success for 'Help to Heal 2012' as the first ever event raises a large sum of money and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project.
The combined Parkersburg South and Parkersburg High School Crew team event raised over $9,000. Co-organizer Lanette Hecker says the phenomenal response helped ensure the event with be back again next year and plans for the 2013 event already underway.
If you weren't able to make it out this year- but still want to make a contribution send monetary gifts to the address below:
Help to Heal 2012
P.O. Box 3536
Make checks payable to "Help to Heal 2012/Patriot Crew Boosters"
The Mid-Ohio Valley comes together to help raise money and awareness for soldiers who were wounded in battle.
Help To Heal 2012 is a combined effort of the Parkersburg South High School Crew Team and the Parkersburg High School Crew Team to pay tribute to our nations soldiers.
Event Organizer Cliff Hecker says after serving the county, the Wounded Warrior Project holds a special place in his heart.
"As a veteran, it's near and dear to my heart. I feel very lucky. I'm fortunate enough to be home, I have all my limbs and I can get out of bed everyday. I've been very honored to serve my country, but I've seen the spoils of war."
The event took over Parkersburg's new Point Park and Mayor Bob Newell says he's thrilled to have a special place for the event to be held, especially since the proceeds are working to help our soldiers.
"I don't think we could ever do enough for our military... especially our wounded warriors," Mayor Newell says. "We are very proud to have that relationship with our local military and we work well with them for a number of projects."
While the city of Parkersburg and event sponsors each had large part in the event, it was the community that helped ensure that day was a success. Hundreds showed up to let our veterans and wounded warriors know they are not alone.
"They truly set an example for how life goes on. And for me to do something, my small part to make life easier for them, that's the least I can do," Hecker continues. "Not only was I able to do it but our community came out to make that dream possible also."
If you missed the event but wish to make a difference in the life of a wounded warrior click on the link posted in the box below.