Wounded Veterans On Island … And You Helped Get Them Here :)

Team River Runner at the Trunk Bay overlook on November 5, 2014.
Team River Runner at the Trunk Bay overlook on November 5, 2014.

One of the things I love about St. John is the fact that you never know who you’re going to run into. Yesterday I was cruising along North Shore Road when I saw a large group of people taking pictures at the Cruz Bay overlook. I slowed down the Jeep and realized it was Team River Runner! I immediately pulled over and chatted them all up for a bit.

As you may recall, News of St. John, along with a ton of other local businesses, participated in the Chaotic Kayak race last July. The event (which was super fun by the way despite the fact that we lost in the first round) raised money for Team River Runner, which is an organization that brings wounded veterans down to St. John for a week of rest and relaxation. The event raised more than $38,000 – $2,000 of which was from all of you. So a big thank you again for that!

The St. Johnopoly raffle we held last month also raised money for Team River Runner, and a portion of the proceeds from St. Johnopoly goes to the group as well. So in total so far this year, all of you have helped us support this amazing organization to the tune of about $4,000 this year. Amazing!!

So all of this money helped get these men and women down here this week, and honestly I cannot thank you all enough for helping the cause. And based on the smiles I saw yesterday, I’m pretty sure the wounded vets are thankful as well. 🙂


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