Veterans in Transition's 5K Walk for Homeless Veterans collected nearly $3000 in pledges for homeless veterans last weekend. Held on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Forrest Everhart Memorial Golf Course (near the VA Medical Center), relay teams and individual walkers arrived bright and early, despite the cold temperatures, to walk the perimeter of the golf course and raise awareness for Southern Ohio's homeless vets.
Veterans, their families, and members of the community participated, and representatives from local businesses and organizations formed teams for the event. In order to participate, walkers were required to collect pledges from their communities or make a donation during registration. The Gillespieville Drive Thru, which sponsored a team of 16 people, was awarded a $100 Wal-Mart gift card for raising the most money. Following the walk, the participants were served lunch.
"The funds we collected will be used to provide assistance to homeless and needy veterans and their families," said Ray Pryor, the event coordinator, who estimated VITI will help nearly 20 homeless veterans with the pledge money. According to Pryor, the funds will be used to provide shelter and food to veterans in need.
Veterans in Transition, Inc. is a nonprofit organization based in Chillicothe, Ohio that provides services to struggling veterans. VITI, a subsidiary of Military Veterans Resource Center, operates the Forrest Everhart Memorial Golf Course and hosts golf tournaments for veterans throughout the year. If you missed the Turkey Golf Tournament or the 5K Walk for Homeless Veterans, stay tuned for our upcoming 2015 golf events. The next golf event will take place in January 2015.