2015: What An Incredible Year Fishing!

Not a day goes, that we don't each have the opportunity to help someone in need. FISH was busy in 2015. We are grateful for having had the opportunity to be of service to as many of our active duty military, veterans and families as we possibly could be.  In 2016, we expect to make even more progress, in what we are able to give back.  Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our efforts.  

Included is our 2015 Review, written by our Founder and Chairman, Paul Chapa.  Enjoy, thank you again, and let's all FISH on!! 

March 3, Augusta, KS - Five years ago Jonathan Blank's life changed forever when a bomb exploded under him in Afghanistan. The recon-marine lost both legs, a hip and had other severe injuries from the blast. On March 3rd FISH dropped by his home south of Augusta, KS with a brand new motorized chair with tracks on it to give to Blank. Jonathan Blank says, "It's a pretty cool device. I'll find a use for it, for sure. It's going to help me get around and keep me out of the dirt and muck. You know before, I would get trapped with my smaller wheelchair." Blank likes hunting and fishing and he will be able to enjoy the outdoors once again.

May 26th, Topeka, KS   - A recently retired Sgt. Major brought a recently medically discharged Marine, whose house had just gone into foreclosure, to our attention. An administrative mistake delayed her separation pay and had to survive on her limited savings. Consequently, she had to make a choice of using her savings to pay her mortgage or car payments until her payments and back pay resumed. Losing her car meant VA Benefits reduction or loss. Her home now in foreclosure meant having to live in her car. FISH answered the call of a Hero and on June 1 brought her mortgage current and out of foreclosure!

June 10, Camp Lejuene, NC - Food Industry Serving Heroes is honored to provide an incredible dinner experience honoring some of our nation’s heroes.  This Heroes Dinner was hosted by Commanding General, Major General Dave Beydler and his staff.  Honored to feed 60 Marine Wounded Heroes at the Wounded Warrior Battalion East at Camp Lejeune. Also attending were NC Senator Thom Tillis, Major Generals Whitman and Beaudreau. This was our 14th Heroes Dinner and one that the FISHermen that attended will never forget.

June 18, Rock Hill, SC - FISH presented Sgt. Michael Snipes, US Army (ret.), with a Service Dog on June 18th in Rock Hill, NC. The animal will assist in helping Mike in his day-to-day activities.  Mike earned in the Afghanistan and Iraq Campaigns, two campaign stars, a Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal with V, Purple Heart fourth award, parachutist badge and good conduct medal. He has completed Infantryman school and Ranger school.

June 20, Kansas City, KS - They call them “The Greatest Generation” for many reasons, but at the heart of it are their remarkable values of “personal responsibility, duty to country, honor and faith.” So much of what we enjoy today is because of the sacrifices they made to our nation. F.I.S.H. had the great privilege of taking two of these Heroes to see the Kansas City T-Bones play baseball and were graciously recognized by the teams and fans. Both had not seen a game in over 60 years. The first thing they requested was popcorn and peanuts…play ball!

Sept 12th,  Leavenworth, KS - Food Industry Serving Heroes and our friends at S.A. Piazza Pizza Company had the honor of feeding and entertaining veterans at the Leavenworth, KS VA. They enjoyed great food, karaoke and fellowship.

Sept 14th , Basehor, KS - F.I.S.H.’s 2nd Annual Golf Tourney included 122 golfers and honored 2 Gold Star Mothers, 2 WWII veterans, presented a Power Chair to a Vietnam Marine and a Service Dog to Corporal Marshall Duncan. The money raised from the tourney, silent and live auction will help us fund the next Track Chair, Service Dog, Power Chairs, Heroes Dinners and more!

Veteran’s Day, Olathe, KS - We presented our friends at Hyvee with the 1st Food Industry Serving Heroes Parking Sign and it has been a tremendously received by their customers. Hyvee has provided the food and beverages for the F.I.S.H. Golf tourney the past few years.

Veterans Day - F.I.S.H. partnered with 6 Kansas City golfers courses and Golfsmith to raise awareness for veteran needs. Golfsmith plans on making this an annual fundraiser event supporting F.I.S.H.

September 20, Kansas City, MO - F.I.S.H. coordinated the Guest Speaker for the 240th Marine Corps birthday in Kansas City. WWII Veteran and battle of Saipan Marine, Private E.N. “Buddy” Thomas attended his first Marine Corps Ball and shared his love and devotion to the “Corps Values” and shared how they have been an influential part his 90 years.

November 17th, Rock Hill, SC - Food Industry Serving Heroes present Sgt. Darrin Jenkins with Tiger the Service Dog!! Darrin is a retired soldier with over twenty years of service to our great country. Darrin works at the VA office in York County, SC. helping other veterans.

December 20th -  F.I.S.H. distributed 15 - $100 gift cards and food to veterans and military families across America.

December 23, Rock Hill, SC - Air Force Major, Mary O'Connor in training with her Service Dog that she will receive from Food Industry Serving Heroes just in time for Christmas.

The world is a very dangerous place and the needs of our active duty military, veterans and families will continue for decades to come. F.I.S.H. is relevant, needed and will be there when our military needs us. They served us, now it’s our turn to serve them. Your continued financial support is needed to continue serving our Nation’s Heroes.

Respectfully yours,

Paul Chapa
Chairman/President, Food Industry Serving Heroes, Inc.

The Food Industry Serving Heroes (F.I.S.H.) is a 501C3 non-profit established in 2013. The mission of F.I.S.H. is to engage the food and other industries in serving the men and women who have sacrificed to guarantee America’s freedom. Its programs improve the quality of life of U.S. troops, veterans and their families, providing Service Dogs, All Terrain Track Chairs, Power Chairs Heroes Dinners across the country at military installations and more. Nothing is more fundamental to America than the freedom these soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen and coast guardsmen provide. To read more about F.I.S.H. and see photos, please visit www.foodindustryservingheroes.org or look for us on Facebook page. 

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Marines Among Those Honored With Hero's Dinner

Paul Chapa, chairman and president of The Food Industry Serving Heroes Foundation spoke at a heroes’ dinner the nonprofit organized at the Pacific Views Event Center. Marine Corps Photo by Pfc. Emmanuel Necoechea

Paul Chapa, chairman and president of The Food Industry Serving Heroes Foundation spoke at a heroes’ dinner the nonprofit organized at the Pacific Views Event Center. Marine Corps Photo by Pfc. Emmanuel Necoechea

A group of Camp Pendleton Marines and several civilians were honored with a heroes’ dinner prepared by Celebrity TV Chef Rick Tarantino at the Pacific Views Event Center on base Jan. 21.

The event was organized by the nonprofit Food Industry Serving Heroes Foundation, aka FISH, to recognize the sacrifices of service members.

Brig. Gen. Edward D. Banta, the base’s commanding general, introduced the 27 recipients who were chosen for their superior performance, including 21 Marines and six civilians.

This is the 18th heroes’ dinner that the foundation’s president, Paul Chapa, and Chef Tarantino, a member of the foundation’s board, have hosted across the country over the past several years.

The Kansas-based foundation established in 2013 provides programs to improve the quality of life for troops, veterans and their families in partnership with food retailers, manufactures and supporters of the military.

This story was written by Linda Mcintosh who can be reached at linda.mcintosh@sduniontribune.com

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National Pizza Manufacturer S.A. Piazza To Provide Pizza for Sept. 12 F.I.S.H. Pizza & Karaoke Night

F.I.S.H. is delighted to share that S.A. Piazza has generously offered to provide Pizza for our September 12 Pizza & Karaoke Night!

The Piazza family began making pizzas in 1967 when grocery store owner and meat cutter, Ron Piazza, decided to make fresh pizza from his store.  

Today, the Clackamas, Oregon based pizza manufacturer is one of the most respected pizza manufacturers in the country.  The company also offers frozen and refrigerated/deli products, serving retail, private label, export, school district and food service customers in the United States and Canada.  

Please join us in thanking S.A. Piazza for helping to make our September 12 Pizza & Karaoke Night possible and supporting our food industry Heroes! 

 

Shepherds Motorcycle Club Donating All Proceeds From Freedom Fest 2015 to F.I.S.H.

F.I.S.H. is very fortunate to be able to announce that the The Shepherds Motorcycle Club is donating all proceeds coming from their annual Freedom Fest 2015, the proceeds from which will go to support our continued work here at Food Industry Serving Heroes, supporting and serving our veterans and active-duty personnel in their time of need.

Freedom Fest 2015 features a 100 mile motorcycle ride combined with a music festival, which will feature a 6 band line-up.  Register for Freedom Fest 2015 and the concert, and help us honor our service men and women here:

https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1742440

Thank you Shepherds Motorcycle Club!!!

 

 

 

 

2014 Newsletter: What an incredible year of FISHing!

February 17, FISH presented a Blue Star Banner to a local Kansas City mom whose son is serving in Afghanistan. Blue Star banners indicate a son or daughter is in a combat. A Gold Star indicates the family has lost a son or daughter in combat. The local Fox News affiliate picked up the story and ran it 4 times during the day.

Our first Heroes Dinner in 2014 was held on March 19 at 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (2nd MAW) Cherry Point, NC at the home of Major General Robert F. and Alicia Hedelund. Celebrity Chef Rick Tarantino, prepared a meal for over 30 Marines and Navy Corpsmen. FISH Board Member and Treasurer, Johnny Harris, along with food industry members Chris Ellis and Jeff Ray also in attendance.

April 14th, we had the honor of presenting a Powerchair to the Ft. Riley Wounded Warrior Transition Battalion. The Big Red 1 Wounded Warrior Transition Battalion, located in Western Kansas, was in desperate need of the chair and will enable it’s soldiers to get to their appointments in comfort and style. The chair was donated to FISH by an Olathe, KS family in honor of their father.

At the Annual Southeast Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Council Conference in Hilton Head. FISH secured the Marine Corps once again to present the colors and played in the Friday golf outing and once again, won many of the prizes. The evening was a big hit by also having the Marines and their spouses join the wonderful event. The SEFRC also presented FISH with a $5000 donation.

FISH’s 1st Companion Dog was present on April 27th to Marine Sgt. Trent Coleman (retired) in Olathe, KS. Trent served in Iraq from 2006 to 2009.  Over 300 people attended the event, which include several of Trent’s Combat buddies, which he had not seen since 2009. Trent and his companion Dog, Zeb have been on 2 vacations since April and are enjoying their camping, hiking, hunting and fishing trips. Three Dog Bakeries also donated a year’s worth of food and treats to Zeb and will be doing so for EVERY DOG FISH places!

The first West Coast Heroes Dinner was held at 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, on June 5th at the home of Lt. General John and Helen Toolan. Over 60 Marines and Navy Corpsmen were treated to a “feast fit for a kings”.  Pete Van Helden – President and COO,  Dan Meyer – Executive Vice President Retail Operations of Stater Brothers and also joined in the evening filled with stories or selfless service and sacrifice. And they wasn’t bad at all either.

June 9th, FISH sponsored 10 Gold Star Parents and their military escorts at the Gold Victory Dinner held at Ft. Riley, KS. FISH Ambassador Sgt. James Wilson (retired) represented FISH. This was the first time James had ever worn a suit and did a fantastic job meeting and greeting the parents, General Officers and guest. For those of you that do not know, James was 3 combat incidents in Iraq: shot twice in one day and survived, blown up while perform gate guard duty and three months later his Fuel Truck was hit by an RPG and sustained serious burns to 50% of his body. This event was a major success for James and was very proud of being able to serve these Gold Star parents.

Sgt. James Wilson (retired) on the left.

Sgt. James Wilson (retired) on the left.

June 14th FISH was a sponsor at the, Heart of America 239th Birthday of the United States Army hosted by the Greater Kansas City Henry Leavenworth and Topeka Chapters. FISH secured 12 of the 14 Special Guest Wounded Soldiers thanks to our relationship at Ft. Riley.

Medal of Honor recipients: Col Roger Donlon on left and Col. “Doc” Ballard on right.

Medal of Honor recipients: Col Roger Donlon on left and Col. “Doc” Ballard on right.

July 17th, BOD and Treasurer Johnny Harris and I attended Major General Raymond C. Fox retirement at Camp Lejeune. General Fox acknowledged Johnny and I and FISH within the first minutes of his comments and set the tone for the FISH handoff to the New Commanding General, Major General William D. Beydler. We are currently in discussions for a Heroes Dinner with General Beydler. While we were there, we presented a framed picture that is on display at the Wounded Warrior Battalion Facility at Camp Lejeune.

Food Industry Serving Heroes board members Johnny Harris and Paul Chapa present donation to Wounded Warrior Battalion East. Accepting is Commanding Officer Lt Col. Leland Suttee, USMC.

Food Industry Serving Heroes board members Johnny Harris and Paul Chapa present donation to Wounded Warrior Battalion East. Accepting is Commanding Officer Lt Col. Leland Suttee, USMC.

September 12, Major General Robert F. and Alicia Hedelund hosted the 2nd Heroes Dinner at Cherry Point, NC. We are so grateful to our industry partners and friends that helped make this dinner possible. This dinner celebrated the events in the lives of 20 of our Marines and Navy Corpsmen.

September 19, FISH celebrates its 1st Golf tournament in Kansas City. 122 golfers played with another 35 volunteers. The Silent Auction and sponsors generated $23,000! OUR FIRST GOLF TOURNEY! Medal of Honor recipient, Colonel Roger Donlon was the Guest of Honor. KC Chiefs, KC Royals, soldiers from Ft. Riley, 3 hours away attended. Local Weatherman, Joe Lauria played and was instrumental in covering the tourney and getting an investigative reporter from Fox4 News onboard to help get the homebuilder for Staff Sgt. Dan Gilyeat to return after 7 years to make repairs that had been promised.

October 2nd. Black Mountain, NC Premier Sales and FISH Golf Tourney. Thank you to our friend and FISHerman, Jeff Brinkley. Jeff has held this tourney for many years and this year he committed to raising enough money to help support FISH is securing another future Companion Dog. For Jeff’s tourney, FISH shipped our 2nd dog, Avery, to be presented to Gunnery Sgt Donald Hopkins. This amazing Marine and Avery have become inseparable and a blessing to Don and his family. Many pictures and videos can be found on Don’s Facebook Page.

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Oct 13th, 6th Annual Retail Patriot Award. Frozen & Refrigerated Buyer Magazine and FISH honored 5 retailers that have “gone above and beyond” to support our troops, veterans and military families. This year Celebrity Chef Rick Tarantino was the MC and Keynote Speaker was the 2nd in Command at Walter Reed Medical Hospital, Captain Sarah Martin. Special Guest, Gold Star Mom Debbie Austin shared her story about her son Shane that lost his defending our country. Thank you to our industry sponsor’s Chobani, Pictsweet and Palermo’s Pizza for helping make the event a tremendous success. We have the event PowerPoint available including three videos if anyone wants to share with business and industry friends to encourage them to get in the BOAT with FISH.

Captain Sarah Martin  

Captain Sarah Martin

 

December 12, 2014,

THREE DOG BAKERY RAISES FUNDS FOR MILITARY SERVICE DOGS -Veteran’s Day Proceeds Presented at Country Club Plaza Bakery

KANSAS CITY – America’s pet owners and Three Dog Bakery came together this Veteran’s Day to show our nation’s military veterans they care. Through its 2014 Veteran’s Day promotion, Three Dog Bakery raised $5,000 from a percentage of sales made through its bakeries, retail outlets and online on November 11th. At Three Dog Bakery’s Country Club Plaza bakery, officials presented a check for the amount raised to Paul Chapa, founder of FISH – Food Industry Serving Heroes. FISH will use the donation for the purchase of two service dogs. The two military recipients will also receive a year’s supply of Three Dog Bakery food and treats.

FISH engages the food and other industries in serving military veterans who have sacrificed greatly to guarantee U.S. freedom. With the donations from the Three Dog Bakery Veteran’s Day promotion, FISH will make a difference in the lives of two returning military personnel who benefit from the highly specialized service dogs.

Three Dog Bakery oversees 34 boutique bakeries for dogs, located within the United States, Canada and Hong Kong, and is known for its custom-made baked treats. The company provides Three Dog Bakery brand and private label packaged products to national and independent pet retailers, grocery, mass, club and drug stores, as well as through direct-to-consumer online sales. Among its most popular products within that retail segment are baked treats, like the Classic Crèmes and Lick’n Crunch cookies. www.ThreeDog.com

Desert Storm Vet Al Sanchez, WWII B-17 & B-24 Gunner Richards Yunghans and Three Dog Bakery President Aziz Giga.

Desert Storm Vet Al Sanchez, WWII B-17 & B-24 Gunner Richards Yunghans and Three Dog Bakery President Aziz Giga.

Dec 15, FISH went to the Commissary at Ft Leavenworth, KS and passed out Gift Cards to active duty soldiers. Cards were also sent for distribution at Ft. Carson and 2nd Marine Air Wing in NC. 

December 18, our industry friends Bob Bollach and  Joe Cervantes of Eastern Frozen Foods Association presented FISH with a $5000 donation that will help provide another Companion Dog to a deserving veteran.

At the moment FISHerman and Vietnam veteran, Kris Harris, is busy planning our 2nd Annual FISH Golf Tourney slated for Sept 25. Frank Schmitt of AWG had indicated that he would have 50 golfers at the 2015 tourney, and yesterday I had a visit from Sprint’s VETS ERG Vice President who also wishes to get more involved with FISH and the 2015 golf tourney. Sprint had some wonderful ideas for increasing our exposure in the KC and National Market. He was also kind enough to arrange a meeting with a non-profit in Kansas City started by a Marine called Semper Fishing! Developing partnerships with other vetted organizations that can fulfill needs outside our Pillars is important and makes us more relevant.

December 22, Kris and I also had the honor of meeting with a very successful business owner and who has been very active in the Kansas City not-for-profit community. Hope House, Big Brother Big Sister, Children’s Mercy Hospital. He has written laws that are currently in place in Missouri, he and his wife had a local talk radio show…. he and his raised $650k over a luncheon for the Under the Red Dress Project this February! This Disabled Air Force Veteran is wanting to get in the BOAT with FISH. Friends remember the scene from JAWS when the Sheriff Brody tells the skipper Quint, “you’re going to need a bigger boat”

Christmas Day, my family is taking these incredible men to see Unbroken. Charley Sibert was Tail Gunner on a B-17 and was shot out of skies over German on his first mission. He was taken prison by the Germans and spent 858 days as a POW. Richard Yunghans was a Waist Gunner on a B-17 and B-24 and competed 30 missions. Richard joined me at Three Dog Bakeries on Veteran’s Day and also for the check presentation on December 12th. FISH serves all of Heroes and Richard and Charley have been a true blessing to know.

The world is not any safer and the needs of our active duty military, veterans and families will continue for decades to come. FISH is relevant, needed and will be there when our military needs us. They served us, now it’s our turn to serve them. Your continued financial support is needed to continue serving our Nation’s Heroes. We encourage you to checkout our website for updates and donation options.

Respectfully yours,

Paul Chapa

President, Food Industry Serving Heroes , Inc.

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FISH's mission is to expand our Heroes Dinners to branches of service, provide active duty military and veterans’ financial literacy, wheelchairs and service dogs and jobs within the food industry. It is our belief that it is a privilege and honor to serve that have served us. The network of support from food industry mentors. We believe our Manufactures and Retailers will have a lifelong impact 4 Pillars: Recognition, Guidance, Health and Support on our Nations Heroes.

 

 

 

 

Three Dog Bakery's Donation to Pay For Service Dogs For Vets through Food Industry Serving Heroes

As reported by KSHB Kansas City News - 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Two local service members will soon have companionship thanks to a local dog bakery.

 (click on link here to view KSHB's television report)

The organization will use the money to buy two service dogs for service members.

“These young men and women, less than 2 percent of our population, serve our country and enable us to do what we do every day,” Food Industry Serving Heroes founder Paul Chapa said.

Service dogs help veterans deal with issues from PTSD to injuries.

The dogs are in high demand, and some veterans have to wait three years to receive one. 

THREE DOG BAKERY HONORS RETURNING MILITARY WITH VETERAN’S DAY PROMOTION: Proceeds to Support Service Dogs

FOR RELEASE CONTACT: Susan McCabe

September 2, 2014 913.219.8623/suspr@kc.rr.com

THREE DOG BAKERY HONORS RETURNING MILITARY WITH VETERAN’S DAY PROMOTION

Proceeds to Support Service Dogs

KANSAS CITY – As the nation honors its servicemen and women on Veteran’s Day, November 11th, Three Dog Bakery and man’s best friend are doing their part by providing military veterans with service dogs. Three Dog Bakery will donate to FISH – Food Industry Serving Heroes – an amount equal to 15 percent of the total sales of its products, whether through its bakeries, its retail outlets or online, made on Veteran’s Day. In addition, the company will contribute a year’s supply of its dog food and treats to the recipients of its service dog initiative to further lessen the financial burden on America’s veterans.

FISH is a non-profit organization designed to engage the food industry in serving military veterans who have sacrificed greatly to guarantee U.S. freedom. With the donations from the Three Dog Bakery Veteran’s Day promotion, FISH will purchase service dogs to distribute to veterans in need. Three Dog Bakery Co-owner Aziz Giga says the health and well-being of returning servicemen and women is a subject that is close to his heart.

“I’ve always been humbled by the sacrifices the men and women of our military make on behalf of American freedom, and I recognize the struggles they have returning home,” Giga says. “It’s so important for those of us who have benefitted from their sacrifices to do what we can to help. For many, there is no greater need than simple, daily assistance – the kind that can often be provided with a service dog. We are encouraging our suppliers and service providers to participate with us by donating to FISH as well.”

In fact, many returning military personnel and veterans face a myriad of challenges that can be aided with the use of a service dog, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, immobility and inactivity. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. has 1.6 million veterans from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan alone, 21 percent of whom suffer with a service-connected disability.

Service members and veterans are provided with highly specialized service dogs that help them find a new level of independence in their post-combat life. Service dogs are specially-trained to help perform a multitude of tasks that increase the independence of their human partners, including retrieving items from the refrigerator, pushing handicap buttons, turning lights on and off, opening and closing doors and so much more. What was once impossible becomes possible. 

People paired with service dogs show significant improvements psychologically, socially – even economically. Not surprisingly, service dogs are in high demand. Wait times for these highly trained canines vary from six months to three years. Training begins when the dogs are young. The most common breeds are Labradors, golden retrievers or a mix of the two. Some organizations charge the recipient for their assistance dog to recoup some of the cost of training the animals. These highly trained canines work on average eight to 10 years before they retire.

“Service and Companion dogs have become a life-changing necessity for many returning veterans, but are cost prohibitive for most,” says FISH Founder Paul Chapa.

With 50 million dog owners in the U.S., Three Dog Bakery believes the necessary financial support to provide service dogs is an affirmation of the many benefits provided by living with a dog and a tribute to its loyal customers, the many four-legged friends who press their noses up against the bakery glass or who enjoy their treats at home. Three Dog Bakery will pioneer this annual tradition just as it did the canine bakery concept 25 years ago – that’s 175 years in dog years! Popular among canines and their owners alike, its products feature a diverse array of premium, all-natural, made in the USA treats and food for those special times in a dog’s or family’s life. 

Three Dog Bakery oversees 34 boutique bakeries for dogs, located within the United States, Canada and Hong Kong, and is known for its custom-made baked treats. Additionally, the company provides Three Dog Bakery brand and private label packaged products to national and independent pet retailers, grocery, mass, club and drug stores, as well as through direct-to-consumer online sales. Among its most popular products within that retail segment are baked treats, like the Classic Crèmes and Lick’n Crunch cookies. 

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About Three Dog Bakery, LLC

Founded in 1989, Three Dog Bakery is America’s “original bakery” for dogs. Headquartered in Kansas City, the company provides all-natural, oven-baked treats, pastries and food for dogs in 34 retail bakeries across the U.S., Canada, and Hong Kong, as well as in many national independent pet and mass retailers. www.ThreeDog.com.

Food Industry Serving Heroes Inaugural Golf Tourney Sees Phenomenal Turn-Out

Watch our video of the day's events below. We thank all who came out to support FISH, our heroes, and who have pledged their support to our efforts, on behalf of the heroes we serve, going forward.  We had 122 golfers, 30 volunteers, Medal of Honor Recipient Col. Roger Donlon, Gold Star Mom Debbie Austin, KC Chiefs, KC Royals - and so many more who came together to support our Troops. 

To our Troops - for your unfailing effort, dedication and heroism - FISH is honored and humbled to serve you all. 

Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGiPP6DYmec

Your Sponsorship Needed: Help FISH Raise Funds to Secure Service Dogs & Track Chairs for America's Heroes! Come Golf With Us!

Help FISH raise money to secure Service Dogs & Track Chairs for America's Heroes! Come golf with us at Falcon Lakes Golf Club.  

To enter, please call 913.481.5060.  

About the Tournament:

Food Industry Serving Heroes is dedicated to establishing leadership in the industry by gathering as many food companies - and their surrounding communities - to support our troops, veterans and military families.  

It has been said many times that charity begins at home and that successful foundations establish a strong and positive presence at their home base. This tournament has that aim -- local presence > national recognition > heightened presence > national participation.

We are sincerely grateful to those sponsors who have stepped up, and we encourage and welcome more to  "come into the boat" and FISH with us. 

We look forward to showcasing our military with vehicles from the WWII Historical Society, a HEMTT Hauler, and a Chinook Helicopter all scheduled to appear. We will also feature the Kansas City Bettys and live music featuring well known local musicians and a member of the FISH BOD. 

For those interested in being a Sponsor, click here<<.  

To register to golf, please click here<<.  

For more about the Kansas City Bettys - please click here<<.  For information about the Military Vehicle Preservation Association - please click here<<

FISH SOUP?

Last week, FISH Founder/Chairman received a phone call from a rather iconic company wanting Paul to meet them in NYC.  The company’s founder and its CEO want to help returning veterans set up their own small businesses and came to FISH as the 501c3 with whom they want to partner to create a coast-to-coast, nationwide presence. FISH is the first 501c3 NFP they spoke with about their plan.

The company’s entire leadership team was present for the meeting and the results were most encouraging. The respective players are doing their diligence at present and anticipate signing at least a preliminary Terms of Reference fairly soon. 

Please keep watching this space as we develop this exciting opportunity. We have already had a good deal of internal interest among FISH associates and ambassadors to “let them at it.”

Yes, it is an exciting development. Who is the company?  Well, let’s keep that a little quiet for now...but a picture is worth a thousand words.   

FISH Sponsors Gold Star Escorts Serving Gold Star Families, Donates Power Chair to Ft. Riley Warrior Transition Battalion

A note from Paul Chapa, Founder, Food Industry Serving Heroes: 

We are duly proud of two of our FISH Ambassadors, Specialist Celeste Fry (USA, Ret.) and Staff Sergeant James Wilson (USA, Ret.). 

On June 12th, SP4 Fry and SSG Wilson attended the Gold Star Dinner at Ft. Riley, KS, home of the 1st Infantry Division, "Big Red One."

During Victory Week, Ft. Riley honors those Fallen Soldiers who gave their lives in defense of our freedoms over the past year. These Soldiers’ families attend and Soldiers from the command, assigned, attached, and resident units escort and take care of these honored Gold Star Families – spending all day and most of the evenings with them.

At the keystone event, the Victory Dinner, FISH covered the dinner expenses for 10 of these Gold Star Escorts and our 2 Ambassadors. It was an honor to provide this support to these families as part of our SUPPORT and RECOGNITION pillars. 

Ft. Riley units, perhaps more than any other single installation in the Army, have participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom with honor and dignity. FISH has demonstrated its commitment to our Army troops and their families at Ft. Riley two times in recent months: the aforementioned Victory Dinner, and the donation of a Power Chair to the Ft. Riley Warrior Transition Battalion on March 17th. 

The Battalion Commander, LTC Eric Schmidt, reports that the chair – not otherwise available to him – is used daily and is in high demand. LTC Schmidt invited us to spend a day with the Battalion, meet with the soldiers, and learn how the WTB and US Army Medical Command works with them to reach the decision to return to service or transition to civilian life. We are planning the visit now and will report out, with photos, when we do it.

FISH Helps Celebrate Army’s 239th Birthday; Supports Attendance of Wounded Soldiers and Begins Work With Army's Intellectual Center to Initiate Series of Heroes Dinners

Reported by Rich Curasi, COL, USA (Ret), FISH VP and Secretary

FISH Founder and Chairman Paul Chapa, VP/Secretary Rich Curasi, and Ambassadors Celeste Fry and James Wilson attended the Army Birthday Celebration (ABC) Saturday night, 14 June 2014, at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City, MO. The Guest of Honor and Speaker was Lieutenant General (LTG) Robert Brown, Commander of the US Army Combined Arms Center (CAC) and Fort Leavenworth. 

This was the second year that FISH has participated organizationally in this event: sponsoring a table, supporting food and lodging for Wounded Soldiers from Ft. Riley, KC, and providing general support-in-kind. The Greater Kansas City Chapter of the Association of the US Army – of which FISH is a Corporate Member, The Henry Leavenworth Chapter and the Topeka, KS Chapter co-host the event, always deeply moving and patriotic, the largest gathering of its kind west of the Mississippi River. 

We met with LTG Brown, his deputy, Mr. Kirby Brown, and his Chief of Staff to re-energize our efforts to hold the first Army-related Heroes Dinner at Ft. Leavenworth, the Intellectual Center of the Army, and the door to all of the other schools and training centers in the Army. Our original plans to hold it last October were set aside as a result of sequestration and the overall government shutdown.  However, like the warriors we support, FISH is resilient and adaptive -- and our efforts and intent are appreciated and respected. CAC’s new commander, LTG Brown recognized the initiative immediately and invited us in with open arms. This is important.

We thank the readers and supporters in our growing community for recognizing the value of these events to the Heroes we pledge to support. Our mission is to unite the Food Industry as THE team to address our Heroes’ unmet needs – growing in number and scope each day.

It takes work and resources to achieve such a level of recognition and commitment. We have set a high standard with our efforts with the United States Marine Corps, on both coasts, and with the Army here in the Heartland. 

We must team up within our industry but also with our readers and supporters in the FISH community to establish an even stronger presence, and to identify FISH with solution sets that support to our military – active, reserve component, retired and veterans. FISH must become better known and more deeply and broadly involved. We must be as proactive and collaborative as possible. Our Board of Directors will be pleased to work with anyone in our community to identify organizations or individuals in your respective locations with whom contact would be productive.

Please visit our website at http://www.foodindustryservingheroes.org and our Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/foodindustryservingheroes for the latest news as well as contact information – email, online forms, and telephone numbers.

Thank you, all ... welcome to the Boat and Keep FISHing.

9/19/14: Sign Up Now: FISH Golf Tourney To Raise Funds For Service Dogs, Track Chairs

Help FISH raise money to secure Service Dogs & Track Chairs for America's Heroes! Come golf with us at Falcon Lakes Golf Club.  

$75 per person registration for current military & veterans. To enter, please call 913.481.5060.  

About the Tournament:

Kansas City needs to be the National leader in what communities can do to support our troops, veterans and military families.  We want to get as many food companies involved; your support is be greatly appreciated.

We hope to make this a Kansas City mainstay and show the city what the local food industry can accomplish for our heroes.  

We want to be able to present a Service Dog the day of the tournament.

We already have many sponsors such as Garmin, Zek Ford, Olive Garden, Ajinimoto Foods and many more but we need more sponsoring companies to get involved. 

It will be a military themed tourney with several WWII vehicles, a new Army Combat Humvee and Heavy Equipment Hauler, the KC Betty’s and at least one Medal of Honor recipient. If we are able to get HOA approval, a Chinook will also be making an appearance!

About the Kansas City Bettys - more information here.  About the Military Vehicle Preservation Association - more information here

*Your donation is tax deductible under section 501©3 of the Internal Revenue Code.