Story by Lourice Angie
HERoes in Deed, a nonprofit organization committed to veterans and military members, teamed up with Mount Peter for a Winter Fun Fest celebration at Mount Peter Ski Area on Sun., Feb. 24.
The skies were clear and the temperature was cool on Sunday for the Winter Fun Fest. The sun made brief appearances throughout the day, creating a picturesque view of the mountain and ski slopes. Members of HERoes in Deed, Mount Peter Ski staff, Veterans of the VFW post 4662, military members, families and people of all ages from near and far gathered at the ski area to enjoy a day of skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, music, raffles and more, while honoring veterans and local military and helping raise funds for HERoes in Deed.
The West Point Ski Team performed a flag parade, where they carried the US, POW and VFW flags while skiing down the mountain. The parade was followed by the presentation of the colors by the Minisink Junior ROTC. A beautiful rendition of the National Anthem was performed by the Warwick Valley High School honors choir. There was a magic show for guests and children inside of the Sunrise Lodge, followed by a performance by the “Spitball Parade Band.” Guests enjoyed cool give-a-ways courtesy of the K 104.7 radio station’s Street Team. Later in the afternoon, the tubing hill was reserved for the HERoes in Deed Fundraiser, “Tubing for a Donation.”
Veterans and active military with I.D. enjoyed the event free of charge and their families each received a ten percent discount. For every lift ticket sold during the event, Mount Peter donated $5 to HERoes in Deed. The event ended with the Minisink H.S. Junior ROTC retiring the colors.
Liz Harman, founder of HERoes In Deed, spoke about how the generosity of the donations enables the organization to provide scholarships to Warwick H.S. students and helps fund the annual memorial 5k/10k run and kids run in Warwick. In addition, she added that she anticipates the new Nature Play Area project, that is being created thanks to HERoes in Deed partnering with the Warwick Historical Society, will be completed by the summer of 2017.
HERoes in Deed gave a very special thanks to everyone from West Point and the West Point Ski Team, and to Mount Peter Ski Area, to Stephanie and the entire Warwick Crew Team for always being there. Harman thanked Dan Burger and the VFW Post 4662 for always being a part of and showing support for the events throughout the year. Lastly, she thanked the Minisink H.S. Junior ROTC, the WVHS honors choir and everyone who came out to show support and be a part of the Winter Fun Fest 2017.
HERoes In Deed
HERoes In Deed is a nonprofit organization founded in 2014 by Elizabeth Harman in memory of her sister, Jaimie Leonard, a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S Army who was tragically killed in action in Afghanistan in 2013.
In 2010, Leonard wrote a letter about the significance of Memorial Day and urged her fellow citizens to honor “in deed” all of those who have sacrificed their lives by serving their country. The mission of HERoes in Deed is to carry on the spirit of LTC. Jaimie E. Leonard’s life and service. By bringing together communities and veterans through service, they seek to create long lasting relationships that will honor military heroes and improve the community as one.
For more information about HERoes in Deed, contact Elizabeth Harman at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at http://www.heroesindeed.org/.