Proceeds from the Weston Reservoir Run, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Weston, were presented at a regular meeting of the club on Saturday, Jan. 12, to Purple Heart Homes.
Reservoir Run organizers Phyllis Gary and Don Gary, Weston Kiwanis president, presented a check in the amount of $9,298 to Vicki Thomas, Northeast regional director of Purple Heart Homes.
Purple Heart Homes co-founders Dale Beatty and John Gallina joined the meeting via Skype from Statesville, N.C.
Purple Heart Homes builds, adapts and modifies homes for service-connected disabled veterans. It was one of three charities selected by the Kiwanis Club to receive proceeds from the run.
Ms. Thomas, who lives in Weston with her husband, Steve, a Kiwanian, thanked everyone who helped organize the successful event, including the sponsors, volunteers and runners.
Mr. Beatty and Mr. Gallina, wounded Iraq combat veterans, discussed three housing projects under way in Manchester, Norwich and Canton, and encouraged Weston Kiwanis to find a service-connected disabled veteran in Weston/Westport who has the dream of home ownership, or an older veteran who already owns a home but needs an addition such as a ramp, wider doorway, or accessible bathroom.
“We were trained to not leave a wounded soldier behind in the battlefield. Why would we leave them behind when we return home?” Mr. Gallina said.
Purple Heart Homes will use the Reservoir Run proceeds to help a veteran in the Weston area with a housing solution and also help adapt a home in Manchester for a female combat-wounded veteran.