Two months ago Board Member Ed Garza, who is the Director of Veteran Services at Concordia University Wisconsin, learned that one of his female Veteran students, who was already battling Post Traumatic Stress, was now diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Cancer.
On Saturday August 19, 2017 the staff and students of the Ozaukee Scholastic Shooting Sports Club (OSSS) held their first trap shoot fundraiser to benefit a local Veterans organization. Fortunately for Healing Patriots, they were selected to be this year’s beneficiaries. Carrie Scheel, a program director and fundraising coordinator for OSSS, stated, “We love the mission of Healing Patriots and the opportunity for us to support Veterans and First Responders with outdoor activities made this a great for us to support.”
At first, the tournament was going to be a friendly competition with fellow industry anglers. After our invitation to be involved with Healing Patriots, we switched gears and had a quality purpose to raise funding for our organization. The tournament was a total success. It was small, but the quality was astonishing. We are planning our 2nd Annual Crappie tournament for Healing Patriots in 2018.