For the past 13 months, Fairway entered into an entirely different season of giving back to the wounded heroes of America. Dozens of local initiatives were funded by the Fairway branches across the nation which took the American Warrior Initiative to an entirely new level.
As the AWI team traveled the nation, real estate agents became excited about giving back and asked for a way to get involved. This lead to the development of the “Lead the way 5K” to be led by Ben Lunak who was actually a recipient of a grant for his fitness business.
The “Red Friday” campaign kicked off challenging thousands of individuals to wear red on Friday to “remember everyone deployed” and the donation of $22.00 for each shirt to go to the funding of local initiatives and to honor the 22 veterans who take their own lives every day.
More than just changing lives in 2015, AWI became about SAVING lives as several veterans testified that the gift they received – whether it was a service dog or 12 months of rent paid on their behalf – actually SAVED their lives.
Now – onward to 2016 – making a difference in the lives of the people we serve!