In addition to our annual events, #DOYOUGIVEARUCK? also takes part in other celebrations and fundraisers that help our goal of raising awareness of the need to help our Veterans and Military Nonprofits.
VETERANS DAY BBQ SMOKER COMPETITION
Saturday, NOVEMBER 7, 2020 at 12 PM – 3:30 PM
Honor The Fallen Ruck
Organizations: Treasure Coast Jeep Club, Indian River Shores Fire Department, #DYGAR?
Businesses: Giardini Construction, Vero Hardware and Gift, Waldos Bar and Grille
Main Organizer: Ken Blanton 2nd Osceola County Fire Department
Supporting Element: #DoYouGiveARuck?
Mission: When Tunnels To Towers was canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions, Fire Fighter Ken Blanton bumped into Brandi Giardini (Treasure Coast Jeep Club/Giardini Construction) in passing. He expressed that, He still wanted to follow through with honoring the fallen because it was a tradition that shouldn’t be broken.” Knowing that we still had a weekly rucking program to help with PTSD, physical health, and mental health.
They reached out to #DoYouGiveARuck? and invited us to follow this honored tradition. Ken Blanton was lead on the organization of the event as #DoYouGiveARuck? acted as a supporting element during this event. Coolers, waters, fruits, and other needs were provided by the above-mentioned businesses that donated supplies towards this event.
Operation: Surf And Turf
Waldo's Bar and Grill
Organizations: #DoYouGiveARuck?, Treasure Coast Jeep Club, Jim Burke
Businesses: Waldo’s Bar and Grill/ Filthy’s Fine Cocktails And Beer
Mission: To feed over 125 veterans and their families during financial constraints and restrictions by delivering personal meals to uplift the community's spirit. Also, feeding homeless veterans as well as the Vero Beach Police Department. Funding was provided by Wes’ Backyard BBQ and the Garcia family. Mission was carried out and executed by Treasure Coast Jeep Club and #DYGAR?. Discounted meals provided by Waldos’ Bar and Grille.
Operation: Assist Treasure Coast
Vero Beach, FL
Organizations: Indian River County Sheriff Department, TCCC, #DYGAR?
Supporting Element: #DoYouGiveARuck?, IRCS
Mission: To distribute supplies to the impoverished communities in Vero Beach during Covid-19. Treasure Coast Compassionate Care met #DoYouGiveARuck? and other various volunteers to pass out supplies via car to be picked up at a designated locations to provide relief to local communities.
OperatioN: SWINE AND DINE
wes' BACKYARD BBQ AND GRILL
Organizations: #DYGAR?, NextGen Veterans, Veterans Council Of Indian River County, Vietnam Veterans Of IRC, Treasure Coast Jeep Club
Mission: Deliver and Feed over 125 veterans and their families during the start of COVID-19 by delivering meals prepared by Wes’ Backyard BBQ with the assistance from the Treasure Coast Jeep Club. Later in the event, the Garcia family donated $1,400.00 to the #DoYouGiveARuck? organization, which was subsequently used to feed another 125 veterans on a later date.
Operation: NEW HOPE
#DoYouGiveARuck? members rucked from Sebastian City Hall to Vero Beach City hall with over 20 pounds of gear for over 20 miles to raise awareness for suicide awareness in Indian River County. Dagwoods Subs located in Vero Beach supplied our ruckers with meals at the halfway point.
Wreaths Across America
National Night Out
We were lucky enough to be invited as a guest on the Veterans Serving Veterans Livestream to promote last year's National Night Out Ruck. Thank you to Marty Zickert and the Veterans Council of Indian River County for helping us work together to spread the word about Veterans Services.