Weekend Summary Of Events

Weekend Summary

Held in conjunction with The Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival which takes place July 10-12, 2015 at Smith Park/Hook Field-Middletown Regional Airport (Middletown, Ohio), Warrior Weekend to Remember is an exciting combination of activities meant to enrich the lives of our active duty and veteran men and women injured in combat or training. Up to twenty Wounded Warriors will participate throughout the weekend. We can never replace the memories of war, but we can create some new incredible memories for these men and women.  The combination of activities during this weekend is guaranteed to put a smile on their faces and create some new memories.

To register a Wounded Warrior contact: David Hart – [email protected]

To sponsor a Wounded Warrior contact John Hart – [email protected]

Get involved: The below opportunities are intended to help raise money to support the activities and travel expenses for the Wounded Warrior Weekend. Support for any or all of the below sources is greatly appreciated.

Team Fastrax™ Warrior Weekend to Remember Golf Outing: Thursday, July 9, 2015  –  Shotgun Start: 11:00am – Location: Wildwood GC, Middletown, OH – For Information Contact: Gary Holden, [email protected]

Team Fastrax™ Warrior Weekend To Remember Aaron Tippin, Purple Heart & Gold Star Family Country Concert Salute: Thursday, July 9, 2015  –  6:30pm – Location: JD Legends Entertainment Complex, 65 Millard Drive, Franklin, Oh 45005

Team Fastrax™ Warrior  Weekend to Remember Purple Hearts & Gold Stars Dayton Dragons Tribute Game sponsored by QUANTRUM: Friday, July 10, 2015 – 7pm – Dayton vs. Lansing – Location: Dayton Dragons Stadium, Fifth Third Field, 220 North Patterson Blvd., Dayton, OH 45402.

Team Fastrax™ Warrior Weekend to Remember 5k Run/Walk: Saturday, 11 July, 2015 – Start 9:00am – Location: Smith Park, Middletown, Ohio – For Information Contact: Matt Harvey, [email protected] – (Register Here)

Team Fastrax™ Warrior Weekend to Remember Bike Ride, July 12, 2015 – Start 9:00am – Location: Smith Park, Middletown, Ohio – For More Information Contact: Gene Newsom, [email protected]

You can sponsor a Warrior and participate in the activities with them throughout this amazing week of activities. Click here to learn how.
Key Warrior Weekend to Remember Organizers

Event Chair: David Hart – [email protected]

Public Participation Event Chairs

5k Run/Walk: Matt Harvey – [email protected]

Golf Outing: Rachel Prindle – [email protected]

Bike Ride: Gene Newsom – [email protected]

Warrior Only Event Chairs

Aircraft Rides: Hollis Collins – [email protected]

Balloon Rides: Nathan Moore – [email protected]

Gun Shoot: Paul Stanford – [email protected]

Bow Fishing: Dan Paganini – [email protected]

Zip Lines: John Hart 3 – [email protected]

Go Carting: – John Garido – [email protected]

ATV Course: Derick Creech – [email protected]

Skydiving: John Harth – [email protected]

Sponsorships: John Hart – [email protected]

Media: Amy Fillion – [email protected]

Meals: Robin Heider – [email protected]

Since 2002, Team Fastrax has performed thousands of exhibition skydives at every national and international entertainment venue imaginable. Team Fastrax has performed as far away as Moscow, Russia and Normandy, France. The team is comprised of men and women and mostly military veterans, and is proud to jump our nation’s flag and our wounded warrior heroes. America’s skydiving team performing for you…On Time…On Target!  The team travels around  the nation promoting veteran causes and is proud to be a part of this amazing weekend.  To learn more about Team Fastrax, visit www.teamfastrax.org

The Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival – Officially Presented by Selection.com is a public/private partnership organized by The Middletown Area Chamber Foundation’s Ohio Challenge Committee. Since 2003 it has grown to become one of southwestern Ohio’s premier summer events and includes local non-profit organizations along with a core support of our nation’s military, past and present. The event boasts a full-festival atmosphere with mass balloon launches, skydiving, fireworks, rides, and live entertainment as up to 40 hot air balloon pilots compete for The Ohio Challenge title and BFA’s Great Lakes Regional Championship, while qualifying for the U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championship. www.ohiochallenge.com

Ohio Challenge Balloon Festival: Paula Hale – [email protected]

Media Contact: Patrick Venturella – [email protected]

About Blue Skies for the Good Guys & Gals Warrior Foundation

Formed in 2005 by the Team Fastrax Professional Skydiving Team.  The Foundation provides a skydiving program for wounded veterans of America’s Armed Forces.  In 2005, the Foundation provided 27 wounded warriors with the opportunity to experience the freedom of skydiving.  Last year the Foundation took more than 350 of our heroes skydiving.  The program is primarily funded through the gracious support of Selection.com®, America’s premier background screening company and through individual donations.  The Foundation staff is made up of volunteers from Team Fastrax and 100% of funds raised go directly to support our warrior events.

In 2012 Team Fastrax partnered with the Halo for Freedom Foundation supporting an event called the Warrior Weekend to Remember in Dallas, Texas.  We fell in love with this event and decided to build upon the success in Dallas by bringing it to our home base of operations in Middletown, Ohio.  In 2014 with the assistance of the Halo for Freedom Foundation we hosted the Selection.com® Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival & Warrior Weekend to Remember. The success and community response was so overwhelming that we decided to make the Blue Skies for the Good Guys & Gals Warrior Foundation a non-profit 501c3 charity.  We submitted our paperwork with the IRS in January of 2015 for this status.  If receiving the tax deduction is critical to you or your organization, you can make this year’s donation through the Halo for Freedom Foundation as we remain very much involved with this sister Foundation.  Otherwise, we would appreciate you making your donation directly to the Blue Skies for the Good Guys & Gals Warrior Foundation.

Our foundation has one goal, “To create new memories that will last a lifetime for America’s heroes.”