By CALVIN PYNN
Pulaski Elementary’s track will be open for people to walk to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, next Saturday, May 24 from 4 to 8 p.m.
According to the event’s organizer, Graham Martin, The Wounded Warrior Foundation Fundraiser will be similar to that of a relay for life event, in which people can run or walk the track, in addition to enjoying some entertainment. All proceeds will to the Wounded Warrior Project.
“I’m just trying to get as many people out there as possible,” said Martin, who has been a longtime supporter for veterans and the armed forces.
Martin, 20, recently enlisted in the army, and is currently waiting for confirmation on the date he will ship out. He has had two other family members in the armed forces as well – two great grandfathers who fought in World War II, and an uncle who fought in Vietnam.
One of his great grandfathers lost his left arm in combat when a German mortar round hit him. He was later awarded the Silver Star for his service.
Martin makes a point to donate his own to the Wounded Warrior Project every month, but he wants to try to raise some funds as well. This is his first attempt at a fundraiser event like this.
“I know it’s going to a good cause,” Martin said. “You need to give back to the men and women who gave for this country, and help them and their families in their time of need.”
Right now, there is no set goal for how much money he wants to raise for the Wounded Warrior Project. According to Martin, there will, however, be a base price of $5 to participate in the fundraiser, and all other donations will be welcome as well.
“Every dollar counts,” Martin said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s $50 or $5,000, every dollar helps them out more and more. It’s one more dollar they didn’t have.”
Martin has also reached out to AMVETS, other local media sources, and local businesses to help support the event. Local band Aside Oceans will perform during the fundraiser.
Martin hopes to make this an annual event, depending on how well this first year goes. If it’s held again next year, and Martin’s duty in the army keeps him from coming home in time, one of his close friends will take over the event’s organization.
For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/woundedwarriorfoundationproject.com.