We wanted to give our January Kickstarter supporters an update and let them know how important their help actually was last January. We were at a crossroads and your support helped us head in a new direction that we are proud to tell you about.
We are now the “Rescued Heroes Foundation”. Our goal has always been to find a way to help fund service dogs after meeting our first group of Veterans with PTSD back in 2012. But the task of becoming a non-profit at the time seemed pretty unreachable- and with limited funds it seemed very unlikely. But sometimes it is just a matter of timing and that’s what your support with the January Kickstarter gave us. Your support and encouragement helped us hang in there working hard on the 2016 calendar just long enough to find the right people to guide us.
Jim Martin is a Marine Veteran that called us back in December 2012 and encouraged us to consider becoming a non-profit. Over the next couple years, he continued to support us through the long process until our paperwork was completed and submitted. Without Jim, we would not be the Rescued Heroes Foundation. And with this new non-profit status that goal of raising service dog funds is closer.
Another huge hurdle was a website. As much as we tried to find a solution, this expense promised to stop us from moving forward. But thankfully with the help of our son Adam and tutorials he put together for us, we were able to finish it together and Lynn and I can actually update it ourselves! As we were running out of time, putting a Kickstarter campaign together was another necessity but thanks to the incredible efforts of other son Casey, he was able to help us bring that together.
So thank you to our Kickstarter supporters in January. Without your help and the timing of some pretty wonderful people in our lives, we are moving forward again. Our Kickstarter for the calendar printing began yesterday and now as the Rescued Heroes Foundation we can offer “Tax Deductible Rewards” along with other great rewards. Please look at the new Rescued Heroes Foundation website and our new “Calendar Project”. “The Calendar Project” can encourage groups of all sizes to help raise funds for service dogs through the 2016 “Rescued Heroes Veterans Edition” Calendar purchases and continue to raise awareness through these wonderful Veteran’s stories of healing.
Many of you are like old friends, names we recognize from our first Rescued Therapy Dog project, and many of you have sent us words of encouragement over the years. Thank you to these Kickstarter supporters for helping us become the “Rescued Heroes Foundation”!!!
Lawrence Strtz, Mary Wilson, Susan Fate, K Goo, Lois Beren, Jay M. King, Mitzi Dillingham, Rachel Pollack, Jerri Arlan, Anita Kirschman, Peggy Wolf, Sharon Fate, Jean Howard, Nancy Moore, Michelle Monk, Nancy Jones, Cathy Smith, Annie Sorensen, Bre Beshaw, Margaret Kelley, Rita Frasure, Eric Damon Walters
Nicholas Lai, Casey, Dustin Hedrick, Kevin O’Donnell, Mike Kubes, Jamie Madden, Chelle Destefano, Susan Ainsworth, Rebecca Addy, Alejandra Ugarte Bedwell, Jessica Henderson, Todd Pannell, Brian Morell, Marcia Liotard, Steven Desiegelaere, Jeane Ess, Jo Ann Griffey, Orrin Leisch, Shawna, Denise Kelly, Judith Christensen Gelderman, Jennifer Pierce, Terry Smith, Patti Anderson, Shawn Hollembeak
Rachael Reitman, Christopher Savory, Scott Monson, Shannon Law, Sorrel Wunderlin, Laura Owens-Paul, Kathy Callahan, Crissy Marshall, Kelly Duncan Duggan, Susan Springmire, Steve McKelfvey, Barbara J. Underwood, Karen Kaehler, Gail Hofmar, John Steinmann, Renee Rayon, Gail Jones, Heather Hugglestone, Joany Gannon, Cathy Glassman, Jason Marquez, Dana Danielson, Heidi M. Coleman, Christi Bayha, Tiffany Martin, Jenny Yanez, Ariea Arango Diener, Peggy Goldberg, Andrea Kagan
Susanne Wollman, Dan Kaplan, Doris Boyle, Lorelei Bowman, Kimberly Copeland, Susan Goodman, LeeAnn Antuma, Donald Reini, Stacy Curtis, Mary Berg, Anne Shifley, Jennifer Moseley, Sarah Stevenson, Lara Pressburger, Stacy Winjum, Kristen Buskard, Barb Borer, Laurie DaVall, Jennifer Semotuk, Sue Bettermann, Gigi Cox, Sean Lewandowski, Debra Weidman, Karen Beckett, Lori Tabolich, Jenny Erlien Jennings, Anton Abela, Sandra Dillon, Tyler Andrews, John Urick, Richard Aman, Nancy Benson, Russell
Rita Todd, Yvonne Duperon, Brenda Meir, Susan Monk, Lorna Anderson, Dan Brinkman, Rita Lozano, Angie Doan, Pat Picard, Josh Rodgers, Laura Smith, Michelle Jackson Loher, Janet Bowman, Tammy Greschner, Judy Houser-Tanaka, John McCall, Tina White, Janeet Shockley, Brooke Haskell, Elizabeth Wingate, Eva Trusty, Adam Sansale, Terry Janeway, Janice Bickford Heikenen, Cindi Thorell
Brook Lemm-Tabor, Connie Searl, Denise Petrie, Sue Crouch, Ron Steinmann, Loretta Gse, Tiffany Steinmann, Jacqueline Bergman-OBrien, Celeste Mazur, Linda McEwen, Heather Rayner, Steven Bushard, Diane Austin, Dee Rushenberg, Carol Slater, Connie Scullion, Stephanie Carlson