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Wrightsville SUP, PaddleFit, VA Vigilante

PRESS RELEASE: VA Vigilante, Inc. Holds 2nd Annual VA Vigilante PaddleFit Challenge

Local Non-Profit raises money for homeless and disabled veterans in North Carolina.

Wrightsville Beach, May 18, 2016:  As a Navy Veteran, Veterans Disability Benefits Lawyer and avid Paddler, it was an obvious choice when David Russotto founded his Non-Profit, VA Vigilante, Inc. Nicknamed “the VA Vigilante” David founded VA Vigilante, Inc. in 2015 to help raise money for homeless and disabled veterans in North Carolina. Last year, the Non-Profit put on their first event, VA Vigilante PaddleFit Challenge where all proceeds were donated to veterans agencies.

This Saturday, May 21st the Non-Profit will hold the 2nd Annual VA Vigilante PaddleFit Challenge event at Wrightsville SUP (96 W. Salisbury St.) in Wrightsville Beach. VA Vigilante, Inc. has partnered with Wrightsville SUP, PaddleFit and CrossFit Re-Ignited to put on the event this year. Paddlers from all over the state will compete in this relay style race to raise money for the veterans in need throughout North Carolina.

The race will begin at 9:30AM on Saturday. We welcome paddlers to register on our website in support of the homeless and disabled veterans in their community. We also have a GoFundMe page set up if someone would like donate and is unable to make it to the event this year. If you have questions regarding the event, please contact Andrea Meeks at 270-784-7524 or andream@mrslawfirm.com.

Thank you to the entire Wrightsville Beach community for your continued support throughout our event. We couldn’t have done it without our sponsors this year: Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban Law Firm, Dixon, Hughes & Goodman, South Beach Grill, Capital Nissan of Wilmington, Parchie Clothing Supply, Chip Perry at Farm Bureau, Dockside Marina and Banks Channel Pub & Grille.

 

 

COSTA RICA CONDO

How would you like a free one week stay in Costa Rica?

The first place winners of the Advanced Level Race will win a FREE one week stay in Costa Rica. The condo is beautiful; 3 bedrooms, 2 master baths, 2 balconies, a roof top deck, ocean view, pool and 3 surf breaks.

If you’re up for the challenge, register for the 2nd Annual VA Vigilante PaddleFit Challenge. And remember; all proceeds from the event go directly to helping homeless and disabled veterans in North Carolina!

http://vavigilantepaddlefitchallenge.com/register-now/

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Where does your compassion lead you?

The VA Vigilante PaddleFit Challenge requires focus, determination, strength, perseverance, courage, and most of all compassion. As athletes and hosts, we rush. We’re constantly running through an endless to do list. If you’re anything like myself, you feel relief as your check off each item. We all go through times of high stress and test our endurance; however, can we dare ask why we do what we do?

I’d like to take this time to address who we are and why we’ve come together to help veterans.

 VA Vigilante

The goal of the VA Vigilante, Inc. non-profit organization is to help homeless and disabled veterans in need. As both a veteran and Attorney, David Russotto has a heart for helping veterans, paddleboarding, and fitness. It seemed only natural for Russotto to combine his passions into an exciting event that donates all proceeds directly to the Onslow County Community Foundation for Homeless Veterans, Home of Camp Lejeune.

 PaddleFit

Paddlefit aims to help people achieve their fitness goals outside the traditional treadmill and monotony of endless weight repetitions. The system is meant to combine standup paddleboarding and fitness techniques for an unforgettable workout.

 Wrightsville SUP

With interests in everything water-related, how could we not partner with Jarrod Covington, founder and owner of Wrightsville SUP?  His passion for watersports, especially paddleboarding, led to his founding of Wrightsville SUP. Furthermore, Covington thoroughly enjoys helping both veterans and watersports enthusiasts alike.

 CrossFit Re-Ignited

As a performance-based fitness group, CrossFit Re-Ignited is excited to be with the VA Vigilante PaddleFit Challenge! Their devotion to full body training leads to inspirational fitness results. CrossFit Re-Ignited aims to help participants achieve their goals.

We are so thankful for our partnerships and cannot wait for the 2nd Annual VA Vigilante PaddleFit Challenge! Our common thread is fitness; but what we really aim to sow together is the lives of those have laid down their lives for us. This is why we choose to compassionately endure for our cause. And our question is: Will you join us in our passionate pursuit to provide for homeless and disabled veterans?

If so, we’d love to hear from you!

 Attention: Calling all businesses, if you’re interested in sponsoring our VA Vigilante Paddlefit Challenge send us a message or email! (andream@mrslawfirm.com) We’d love to get all the support we can get for our veterans!

VA Vigilante Paddle Fit Challenge

SAVE THE DATE 5-21-16

We’ve set a date for the 2nd Annual VA Vigilante PaddleFit Challenge. The event will be held on Saturday, May 21st in Wrightsville Beach. Mark your calendars!

We need your help raising money for the homeless and disabled veterans in our community! You can help by Registering or Sponsoring the Event.

For more information visit: http://vavigilantepaddlefitchallenge.com/

Interns needed in Wilmington

Interns Wanted: VA Vigilante Internship

We are looking for Interns and Volunteers for the 2nd VA Vigilante PaddleFit Challenge! Please see requirements and qualifications below:

The internship will consist of assisting the Event Coordinator with the following duties:

  • Update and maintain VA Vigilante PaddleFit Challenge social media presence, including daily monitoring, posting, scheduling and reporting Facebook updates.
  • Assist in planning, writing and managing email blasts and blogs.
  • Draft, distribute and pitch news releases and media alerts.
  • Create comprehensive database of targeted sponsors and vendors.
  • Maintain weekly meeting notes for VA Vigilante Board Meetings.
  • Create and manage database of volunteers and participants.
  • Assist with donation requests, tracking requests, coordinating delivery or pick up for donations and sponsorships.
  • Assist with event preparation, implementation and conclusion.

Qualifications:

  • Proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Google Docs.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • The ability to maintain current sponsor relationships and secure new ones.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Skilled in social media marketing.
  • Dependable and punctual individual.
  • Exceptional time-management skills.
  • Become knowledgeable about VA Vigilante, Inc. and be an advocate for what the non-profit stands for.

Flexible M- F Hours, Some Saturdays

Part-Time, Unpaid

APPLY NOW: Email all information directly to Andrea Meeks at andream@mrslawfirm.com.

In the body of the email provide a brief description on why you would like to be an intern for VA Vigilante, Inc. Attach your resume in PDF Format.

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

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CHECK OUT YOUR RACE TIME

Thank you for participating in the 1st Annual VA Vigilante PaddleFit Challenge! We hope you enjoyed the challenge as much as we did. All proceeds from the event go directly to helping homeless veterans in North Carolina.

Congratulations to Team Lennon, Team Doane Zone and Team Old & Tired for their 1st Place Win!

BEGINNER RACE
TEAM NAME RACE TIME PLACE
TEAM LENNON 0:31:20 1ST
TEAM LTF 0:31:48 2ND
TEAM ROC4VETS 0:37:40 3RD
TEAM 2 GOOD MEN 0:37:49 4TH
TEAM HOPKINS 0:39:22 5TH
INTERMEDIATE RACE
TEAM NAME RACE TIME PLACE
TEAM DOANE ZONE 0:29:46 1ST
TEAM PULL UPS & PADDLEBOARDS 0:30:41 2ND
TEAM SCREEN IF YOU WANNA 0:30:42 3RD
DREAM TEAM 0:32:50 4TH
TEAM SPENCER 0:34:30 5TH
TEAM NEED ANOTHER PERSON 0:34:56 6TH
TEAM JACKSONVILLE 0:38:19 7TH
ADVANCED RACE
TEAM NAME RACE TIME PLACE
TEAM OLD & TIRED 0:41:02 1ST
TEAM ZANDER 0:51:48 2ND
TEAM 100/100 0:56:27 3RD
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PRESS RELEASE: 1st Annual VA Vigilante Paddle Fit Challenge Event

An event designed to help raise money for homeless veterans in North Carolina.

Wrightsville Beach, April 28, 2015:  VA Vigilante, Inc., Wrightsville SUP and PaddleFit are honored to announce the 1st Annual VA Vigilante PaddleFit Challenge Event in Wrightsville Beach on May 17th. All proceeds from the event go directly to Onslow Community Outreach for Homeless Veterans, home of Camp Lejeune. What you may not know is thousands of veterans are homeless in the United States on any given night, many of which are right here in North Carolina.

The VA Vigilante Paddle Fit Challenge Event consists of several stand up paddle races in addition to on land exercises, also known as PaddleFit. No matter your paddle experience or fitness level we have a race for you!  If you’re active duty military/veteran we are offering a significant discount on your registration fee. The race will be held on Sunday, May 17th at Wrightsville SUP in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. The first race will begin promptly at 9:00AM EST. First place winners of the Advanced Races will win one week at a beautiful villa in Costa Rica during the months of June-July 2015 or 2016. First place winners of the Beginner/Recreational and Intermediate Races will win tour tickets to Port City Brew Bus. If you are interested in participating, DON’T WAIT to register! We are only accepting 100 participants in this year’s race. You can register on our website at http://vavigilantepaddlefitchallenge.com/.

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 RACE DETAILS: Each race will be completed in teams of two.

Beginner/Recreational Race: This race is perfect for the inexperienced paddler, there is absolutely no paddle experience required for this race. In fact, we will have Certified PaddleFit Instructors at the event prior to the race. The race will consist of paddling one lap around the island and 6-8 fitness challenges on land.

Intermediate Race: This race is great for a paddler that has some experience paddling. Similar to the Beginner/Recreational race you will paddle one lap around the island and complete 6-8 fitness challenges on land. Exercises consist of but are not limited to; bear crawls, push-ups, sit-ups, planks, etc.

Advanced Race: This race is dedicated to the experienced paddler that is interested in not just paddling but competing. The advanced paddlers will make 2 laps around the island and complete 8-10 fitness challenges per lap. This race will be tough, as you will be racing against extremely fit paddlers.

Advanced Turn and Burn Race: This race is an all-out sprint around a series of buoys where each racer must execute high speed power turns.

For registration details, please visit our website at http://vavigilantepaddlefitchallenge.com/.

Many local businesses in our community have come aboard sponsoring the event such as; Marcari, Russotto, Spencer and Balaban Law Firm, Port City Brew Bus, CG Counseling and Consulting, Siska Aurand Landscaping Architects, Inc., Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, Sweetwater Surf Shop, AKG of America, Bryant Realty, South Beach Grill and Enfuse Technology Solutions. We want to thank all of these businesses for their generosity and support.

 About VA Vigilante Inc.

VA Vigilante, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping veterans in need. VA Vigilante, Inc. was founded by veteran and Attorney David Russotto. David served in the navy from 1986 to 1991 where he was an attorney with the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps, until moving on to private practice.

“For years I read about veterans who were struggling with many disabilities as they returned from combat in the Middle East. The struggles were exacerbated by a VA system that was clearly failing in its mission to provide benefits to disabled Vets. As Navy Vets ourselves, my law partner Don Marcari and I decided it was time for us to find a way to help. So five years ago we decided to create a full time Veterans Disability Benefits division at our firm that was dedicated solely to helping Vets,” says David Russotto, managing partner for the Veterans Disability Benefits Department at Marcari, Russotto, Spencer and Balaban Law Firm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EXERCISE SNEAK PEEK

VISIT THE ABOUT US PAGE FOR A FULL DESCRIPTION OF HOW THE CHALLENGE WILL WORK!

ISLAND WORKOUT OPTION 1: (Click on the exercise to see an example.)

  1. SHOULDER TAP PUSH UP
  2. WALKING LUNGE
  3. UP/DOWN PLANK
  4. WALKING LUNGE
  5. MOUNTAIN CLIMBER
  6. BEAR CRAWL
  7. SQUAT
  8. SPRINT
  9. PUSH UP WITH T-ROTATION
  10. WALKING LUNGE
  11. BURPEE
  12. SPRINT TO BOARD

ISLAND WORKOUT OPTION 2: (Click on the exercise to see an example.)

  1. SPIDERMAN PUSH UP
  2. WALKING LUNGE WITH ROTATION
  3. ELBOW PLANK WITH PUNCH
  4. CRAB WALK
  5. PIKE WITH LEG LIFT & KNEE DRIVES
  6. BEAR CRAWL
  7. LATERAL LUNGE
  8. CRAB WALK
  9. CLOSE GRIP PUSH UP
  10. WALKING LUNGE
  11. SURFER BURPEE
  12. SPRINT TO BOARD

ISLAND WORKOUT OPTION 3: (Click on the exercise to see an example.)

  1. SCORPION PUSH UP
  2. WALKING LUNGE WITH ROTATION
  3. ELBOW PLANK WITH PUNCH
  4. WALKING LUNGE WITH ROTATION
  5. SIDE PLANK CRUNCHES
  6. BEAR CRAWL
  7. FROG JUMPS
  8. CRAB WALK
  9. CLOSE GRIP PUSH UP
  10. WALKING LUNGE
  11. ONE ARM BRUPEES
  12. SPRINT TO BOARD
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1st Place Prize- FREE Costa Rica Condo

The 1st Annual VA Vigilante PaddleFit Challenge is right around the corner! The event will be held in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina on May 17th. The 1st place prizes are GREAT this year! The 1st place prize for both advanced races is a week-long stay in sunny Costa Rica. The condo includes: 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Roof Top Deck, Pool, Ocean View and 3 Surf Breaks.

1st place for the Beginner/Recreational and Intermediate races is 4 Tickets to the Port City Brew Bus Tour.

And remember, ALL proceeds go to the Onslow Community Foundation for Homeless Veterans!

REGISTER NOW and secure your spot!