The Leashes of Valor executive team recently visited Patriot Point, bringing along a few veterans for a duck hunt and a goose hunt, while also helping Patriot Point General Manager Hugh Middleton with a few improvements at the property.
Leashes of Valor provides service dogs for injured veterans.
“We just relaxed and had a great time,” said Leashes of Valor CEO and co-founder Jason Haag, a 13-year Marine Corps veteran. “One of the reasons we went was to talk logistics for a service dog class at Patriot Point in May, when we will have four veterans and four service dogs there.”
A group of active-duty service members from the U.S. Army Caisson Platoon of 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) recently were invited to visit Patriot Point for a weekend retreat.
Joined by a gentleman who helps the platoon with its horse training, the group arrived on Friday night and the following day enjoyed an early-morning duck hunt and then fished off the pier in the afternoon.
It was a welcome respite for the group, which had not been on leave from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in more than nine months.
The platoon is one of the hallmarks of the Arlington National Cemetery funeral procession, with its stately caisson pulled by six handsome horses.
“It was awesome, just a nice escape from normal life,”” Sgt. Colin Martin said. “You’re in the country, out away from everything. And everything there is super nice and well kept. There are so many options to do fun, relaxing things.”
Volunteer coordinator Mike Mattingly recently hosted Take Home Shrimp Feast benefiting Patriot Point.
Supporters picked up shrimp Emily’s Produce in Cambridge, Md., and Pip Moyer Recreation Center in Annapolis, with proceeds going to the Military Bowl Foundation’s 290-acre retreat for recovering service members, their families and caregivers on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
“What a wonderful event with delicious North Carolina shrimp,” Military Bowl Foundation President & Executive Director Steve Beck said. “While we have been unable to hold our traditional fundraisers, Mike was focused to make sure we could do this and raise funds in a safe environment. Special thanks to our entire volunteer crew for helping make this happen and to everyone who purchased a dinner and/or a raffle ticket.”
Mattingly credited several contributors for the fundraiser’s success, including the Hogs and Heroes Foundation, Patriot Point volunteers, volunteers from Eastport, Lindy’s Seafood, Woolford Store, Pip Moyer Recreation Center directors Archie Trader and Bumper Moyer, the City of Annapolis Police Department and the Anne Arundel-Annapolis Community Emergency Response Team.
The PenFed Founded Veteran Entrepreneur Investment Program launched its Master’s Program with a leadership and team-building retreat at Patriot Point earlier this month. The intensive Master’s Program is designed to prepare growth-stage, veteran-owned startups to raise investor funds and scale their companies. The program is held twice per year, consists of 10 veteran-owned companies and is sponsored by SOS International (SOSi).
In addition to the program’s meetings, the group also enjoyed a skeet shooting tournament at Patriot Point’s five-stand, held a closest to the pin chipping contest and enjoyed nightly bonfires.
PenFed CEO James Schenk, PenFed Foundation President Gen. (Ret.) John “Mick” Nicholson and SOSi CEO Julian Setian presented Military Bowl Foundation President & Executive Director Steve Beck with a Flags of Valor flag for hosting the retreat. The flag is mounted in the Patriot Point Guest House.
The PenFed Foundation also made a $5,000 donation to Patriot Point.
Pella Mid-Atlantic and the Maryland Building Industry Association’s Home Builders Care Foundation recently teamed up to provide and install nearly $100,000 worth of new windows and doors at Patriot Point.
“Pella Mid-Atlantic is honored and proud to contribute to the Patriot Point replacement window and door project,” said David Lebowitz, General Manager, Eastern Shore, Pella Mid-Atlantic. “Giving back to our veterans in this way, where they can enjoy the beauty of the Eastern Shore with their families, is a wonderful way for us to participate in supporting the men and women who defend our freedom. The new windows and doors will add to the enjoyment of their stays at the property.”
The project replaced all of the exterior windows and doors on the 1925 Main House with more than 30 Pella Lifestyle Series Windows (the number one performing wood window for the combination of energy, efficiency and sound) and five Pella Brand Entry Doors.
The Home Builders Care Foundation, which is the charitable arm of the MBIA, contributed financially to the project and worked with Pella Mid-Atlantic and the Military Bowl Foundation to lead and coordinate the construction efforts.
“The Military Bowl Foundation and Patriot Point are so fortunate to have partners such as Pella Mid-Atlantic and the Maryland Building Industry Association,” Military Bowl Foundation President & Executive Director Steve Beck said. “Not only do they share our commitment to honoring and supporting our nation’s service members, but they take things to the next level and then some with their incredible generosity, helping us improve Patriot Point and give our service members this wonderful retreat to enjoy.”
No Warrior Left Behind recently hosted a group of recovering service members and a recovering law enforcement member for a weekend duck hunt at Patriot Point. The group hit the blinds early Saturday morning and within 40 minutes, there were 40 ducks in the bag.
“Thank you so much for the great weekend of camaraderie, fun and skill,” wrote Adam Devine, a marine who is a double-amputee above the knee. “The duck hunt was second to none! There were so many ducks! Patriots Point was a great place to go. The shooting range, gym, common house and dorm house were clean and well taken care of.
“I needed this weekend to help me unwind from all the stressful things going on and not have anxiety about who I was hunting with. Having other warriors, both military and law enforcement, around allowed me to let my guard down and just relax. Thanks again for a great weekend and I hope you are able to help other warriors with more events like this one. Cheers!”
Jeremiah Gorsuch, a U.S. army explosive ordinance disposal service member who had both knee amputated below the knee, wrote: “I had such a great time on the trip to Patriot Point. This is exactly what I needed after having to spend so much time at Walter Reed lately. I was able to meet some veterans and police officers on the trip that I can now call friends. I would definitely recommend this trip to other veterans/first responders.”
Task Force Resolute, which
makes a difference in the lives of combat veterans by providing recreational
outings, earlier this month hosted a small group of veterans and their wives
for a weekend at Patriot Point.
The group enjoyed touring
the property, fishing in the Choptank River and working out in the Under Armour
Freedom Fitness Center, among other activities. While high tides prevented the
group from going crabbing, Patriot Point property manager Tim Mitchell and his
wife Sherry cooked soft shell crabs for everyone to enjoy.
“That was an unexpected
gesture that we all enjoyed so much,” Task Force Resolute Executive Director
Leta Carruth said. “Our sleeping accommodations were perfect and so
“Most of all, the veterans
were able to relax, visit and reconnect with each other – what they wanted and
needed most from this trip. They all
remarked over and over about what a wonderful and special place Patriot Point
is and how being able to be with each other in such a private setting was the
recharge they each needed.”
At the end of the weekend,
as everyone prepared to return home, Carruth said, talk turned to next summer
and wanting to make a return trip to Patriot Point.
“They wanted to come back
next summer and bring their children and more of their veteran friends to enjoy
the peace and ability to relax and reconnect with their former battle buddies,”
Carruth said. “As you know, there really is no better ‘medicine’ than that.
“We cannot begin to thank
all of you at Patriot Point enough for allowing us to utilize your incredible
venue. One of the members of our group finds it difficult to get away from the
spotlight. Patriot Point was the perfect venue for him and his wife to
instantly let their guard down and enjoy time with battle buddies and treasured
friends. Patriot Point is such a gem – the perfect place for our veterans and
their families to get away.”
The Maryland Veterans Home Commission and staff from the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home/MDVA recently visited Patriot Point for the MVHC quarterly meeting. The group met with Patriot Point property manager Tim Mitchell and received an overview of the property and the opportunities for guests.
Secretary George W. Owings, III and the Maryland Veterans Home Commission presented Tim with a Vietnam Memorial pin.
Celebrity Chef Thomas Kozak from Grandale Restaurant in Hillsboro, Va., made an incredible meal for a group of supporters last week as they gathered at the property to raise money for Patriot Point programs. The group also had the opportunity to experience all our service members enjoy when they visit Patriot Point.
Recent guests to Patriot Point have taken advantage of the latest addition to the property, a beautiful new outdoor kitchen as several groups made significant donations. The project was procured by Bob Basarab, Belair Road Supply’s director business development.
“My dad was military, as well my uncle and my grandfather,” Basarab said. “I saw what that meant to them and then I met [Patriot Point managing partners] Steve [Beck] and Stuart [Plank] and they showed me Patriot Point and I knew it was my calling to help. It’s become a part of my life and I enjoy meeting the guys and spending time with them, any way I can.”
The kitchen includes a large grill, pavers and walls donated by Nicolock, a top manufacturer of paving stones for patios, retaining walls, outdoor fire pits and more. Ryan Drawbaugh of Eldorado Stone of Greencastle, Pa., donated outdoor boxes and stone.
“Nicolock donated this grill on behalf of all the veterans and military that provide protection and service for our country,” said Carl Peterson, Nicolock’s director of education/outdoor room products. “Nicolock stands by our veterans and we know the importance of giving back to those who serve.”
Relaxing and safe environment to enjoy outdoor recreational activities