On December 14th, 2018, myself, John and Colleen Ashley Cleary had the chance to meet with the Portsmouth Fisher House, the staff, the families and the Salty Dogs MRC to deliver the donation that everyone in this group was so generous in contribute to. To meet the families, to learn about the inner workings of the Fisher House Portsmouth, and how much of an impact the generosity of this group will have on the families of service members who need us to be there for them when they are here for us made me feel very very proud of this group for putting their all into our contribution of $20,000.
It’s easy for anyone to go through their day without realizing the needs that others face on a regular basis. But everyone in this group not only voiced their support but demonstrated it thought their generosity.
When you show up, and the message and donation you bring with you brings the facility manager to tears, literally, you know you are doing something powerful.
I can’t express how proud I am of everyone in this group, and the gratitude I have for my 2019 partners GaryandAlicia Pennick and Ed Kilburn who helped make this event actually possible. To the many volunteers who helped just because they thought it was the right thing to do and because they believed in our mission – Colleen Ashley and John Gerald Cleary, Michelle and Bryan Sheckler, Christina Sneddon, JJ and Carol Joscelyne, Mike and Carol Jones Bushneck, Annette Nordhorn Trombley, Jodie and Heidi Bates, Dave Thompson, and many others who helped in large and small ways – you are incredible! Huge thanks go out to Grand Design RV ( Emily Stahley, Greg Cody, JD Adams, Thomas Gropp, Tom Holt, Megan Stacy, Taylor Fenech, Jerry McCarthy as well as the amazing techs Douglas Brian VanSciver and Michael Witt!) for their support, and for our other sponsors and vendors, as well as everyone who took the time to meet someone new, welcome someone new, take the time to share experiences, or jump in to help solve a problem.
I am excited as we look to the possibilities in 2020!
Bob Perciaccante, WagonMaster