CAL RAISES SUPPORT & AWARENESS FOR INJURED VETS' HEALTH
Thanks to the many generous supporters who attended the CATCH A LIFT's (CAL) first annual fundraiser, CAL, a Maryland non-profit, will be able to provide free gym memberships throughout the United States to qualified wounded veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The event was held on September 30, at Kali's Court Restaurant in Fells Point, Baltimore. Proceeds will help to support CAL's mission: to help wounded veterans heal their minds and bodies through physical fitness. In addition to gym memberships, CAL provides in-home fitness equipment to veterans who are not ready to join a gym.
"We are very pleased with the enthusiasm and support that the community has shown for CAL," said William A. McComas, a member of CAL's board and a partner at Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler. "The charity helps as many veterans as it does through the generosity of those who believe in its goals, and who want to honor the legacy of a true American hero."
CAL was started as a memorial to Baltimore native Cpl. Chris Coffland and was founded on his lifelong philosophy that through physical fitness you can achieve your highest potential for a healthy mind and body. Cpl. Coffland's dedication and mindfulness to physical fitness was part of a daily regimen his entire life. He actively encouraged others to participate as well, so that they could lead healthier lives. In 2009, Cpl. Coffland was killed by a roadside bomb while serving in Afghanistan. The graduate of Gilman and Washington and Lee University was 41 years old when he joined the U.S. Army.
"We are grateful to our supporters for their belief in CAL's mission and their willingness to give back to those whom have given so much," said Lynn Coffland, CAL's Executive Director and Cpl. Coffland's sister. "We look forward to helping many more veterans sooner than we had anticipated, and we encourage them to contact us."
In the spring of 2013, CAL plans to host a youth lacrosse tournament and launch its first central Maryland Lift-A-Thon.
CATCH A LIFT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Veterans may apply to participate in its programs, and donors may contribute to the cause at www.CatchaLiftFund.com. Anyone interested in volunteering or participating in a fundraiser event can contact CAL at firstname.lastname@example.org.