The DeCelle Memorial Lake Tahoe Relay has always had a close connection to our troops. This historic race was re-named in 1971 in honor of Captain Robert E DeCelle Jr who was killed in action in Vietnam. On top of that, El Dorado County has the highest per capita concentration of veterans in all of California. Inspired by our good friend Jim Cahill, a veteran and special education teacher in South Lake, we decided this year to go above and beyond our normal way of honoring our fallen troops by partnering with two great causes for even more awareness.
Operation Rebound – Frontline to Finish Line
Operation Rebound is a subgroup of the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). This organization uses sports and fitness opportunities to help reintegrate and empower veterans, military personnel and first responders who have received permanent physical injuries. Their goal is to strengthen the mental and physical well-being of everyone they work with. CAF is here to support our service members from Frontline to Finishline.
Gold Star Families - Honor Our Fallen Heroes & Support Their Families
There’s nothing that can prepare a family to lose a loved one, especially one that has died serving their country. Gold Star Families strives to ease this heavy burden in any way possible. Whether it means reaching out to a family and providing them with information and a sympathetic ear, putting them in touch with other Gold Star families, or helping establish an event, memorial, or foundation in their loved one's memory, Gold Star Families does whatever they can in a family’s time of need.
We feel privileged to partner with these two great organizations. This is only the beginning of our partnerships so stay tuned as we continue to build on our relationships. If anyone would like to donate to either cause, please click on the links provided above.