BE A HERO TO A HERO! Register now for the 11th Annual Walk for the Wounded and Warriors 5K Run on May 19th 
Saturday, May 19th Pennsylvania’s 11th Annual  WALK FOR THE WOUNDED & WARRIORS 5K RUN will take place at Rose Tree Park in Media, PA from 9am to 3pm. 
This annual Family Fun Day has grown bigger every year and benefits Operation First Response (OFR) which has given financial assistance to more than 18,000 wounded veterans in need of aid to support their medical, transportation and general living expenses while dealing with life altering injuries while in service to their country.

Last year marked a decade of Delco hosting WALK FOR THE WOUNDED & WARRIORS 5K RUN, and when the final tally was taken, the event had raised more than 2.5 million dollars in just 10 years.  This year, one of the recipients of those dollars, Chief Warrant Officer Trevor Jenni (retired) will give the keynote speech.  

Jenni will talk about his military service in Afghanistan during Operation Freedom, his time at Oyster Creek Power as a terrorism squad leader, and his final years as a Blackhawk Pilot flying 350 hours in Iraq.  Due to multiple injuries he was medically retired from the Army in 2015.

MC for the event is Nicole Brewer from CBS 3 TV who will be joined by hundreds of military veterans and everybody’s favorite mascot, the Phillie Phanatic, who hasn’t missed a single WALK since the first in 2007!

As in previous years, the day will boast a festival-like atmosphere, with live music by OFFLINE, and more tunes by DJ Partytime. There will be Rock Climbing, Zip-Lining and Free Falling. Plus there will be a Tribute to a local fallen hero, Army Sgt. Allen J. Dunckley and a military vehicle display that may include a Chinnok Ch47 Helicopter! Nifty Fifties is back again, selling tasty food items at family-friendly prices.

Register for the WARRIORS 5K (a professionally timed event) by visiting  Search 'Warriors 5K' and then click ‘Sign Up.'  For questions call 215-237-8101. Registration fee includes an event T-shirt. OFR encourages those participating in the WALK and RUN to sign up as many family members, friends and co-workers as possible, to make a financial pledge. Read more at Operation First Response

Created in partnership with the Destination Delco Tourism Bureau, WALK FOR THE WOUNDED and the WARRIORS 5K Run has become one of the county’s biggest events of the year, bringing thousands of walkers, runners, families and veterans to Delaware County from all over the Mid-Atlantic. 

“This event is a major fundraiser for OFR,” acknowledges Nick Constantino, a senior representative with the organization. “But you forget that pretty quickly because everyone who has ever attended the event, and everyone who has come to walk, run or just come to shake hands with all the veterans who are here – knows  it’s all about heart!” 

WARRIOR’S 5K RUN REGISTRATION Check In: 9 AM at the park – Run starts at 10 AM. Nominal fee to participate.
WALK REGISTRATION: 10 AM at the park – FREE -- Walk follows ceremonies (est. 11 AM).
Donation/Pledge forms are online at Operation First Response
•Operation First Response (OFR) delivers over 97 cents of every dollar raised to wounded soldiers and their families.
•OFR is staffed by mostly volunteers; with the exception of three full-time employees.
•Walkers register here and are asked to help get donation sponsors for themselves, if possible.
•Companies are also invited to become Walk or Corporate Sponsors, or to advertise in the WALK PROGRAM being distributed at the event.
•People are invited to simply make a donation.

Contact:  Barbara Lehman, Director of Communications, Destination Delco Tourism Bureau
PH 610-565-36579 -- CELL 215-872-1308

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