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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.

 

 

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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/

Wrightsville SUP, PaddleFit, VA Vigilante

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supporting Homeless Vets

Register Today And Help Thousands of Homeless Vets

Spots for participating in the 1st Annual VA Vigilante PaddleFit Challenge are filling up fast! Secure your spot now by registering on our website. Remember, we have a race for everyone, so grab a team member and register today!

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.

All of the proceeds go to Onslow Community Outreach, which is a great organization that aids in helping homeless veterans. We hope to be able to provide bus tokens to vets for doctors’ appointments, accommodations at the homeless shelter, assistance in construction of the new homeless facility and much more.

Registering for the VA Vigilante PaddleFit Challenge is a great way to support your community and veterans in need. There are over 1,000 homeless veterans in North Carolina alone! Help us make that number ZERO!

 

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Supporting Onslow Community Outreach

All proceeds from the VA Vigilante PaddleFit Challenge will go to Onslow Community Outreach. This includes sponsorships and registration entry fees. To give you an idea of exactly how the funds will be spent, see below:

  • Bus Tokens for Vets to get to and from appointments, or other veteran services
  • Hotel vouchers for homeless Vets that the shelter is unable to accommodate due to no bed vacancy
  • Bus vouchers for out of town medical services for Vets
  • Utility/ Rental assistance to Vets getting transitioning to better/ permanent housing
  • Assistance in construction, renovation or purchase of new facility

Help support the veterans in North Carolina and REGISTER TODAY!

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Alarming Number Of Homeless Vets In The US

The number of homeless veterans in the United States at any given point is unsettling. To think that someone who fought for our freedom is now on the street is extremely hard to fathom. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 49,933 veterans in the United States are homeless. This information was taken within the last year, while not 100% accurate is roughly a 33% drop from 2010.

Because of the statistics above we founded the VA Vigilante PaddleFit Challenge Event. This event will be held on May 17th in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. All proceeds go directly to homeless veterans in the North Carolina area. Founding partner of the VA Vigilante PaddleFit Challenge, David Russotto, is a veteran himself and does all he can to support his fellow service members.
Whether you’re an advanced paddler or only a beginner there will be a race for you! We hope that the people of Wrightsville Beach and surrounding communities will come out to support and help raise money for our homeless veterans.

Homeless Veterans

Announcing May 17th 1st Annual VA Vigilante PaddleFit Challenge

We are excited to announce the date of our 1st Annual VA Vigilante PaddleFit Challenge, May 17th. This event will help raise money and awareness for the homeless and disabled veterans, specifically, Onslow County Community Foundation for Homeless Veterans. Onslow County is home to Camp Lejeune.

According to the US Department for Veterans Affairs, “The 2014 Point-in-Time (PIT) count revealed that there were approximately 49,933 homeless Veterans on a single night in January 2014 in the United States.  For the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), even one Veteran without safe and stable housing is one too many.”

Join us on Sunday, May 17th for the VA Vigilante PaddleFit Challenge in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. The event will be located on 96 West Salisbury Street at Wrightsville SUP. Whether you are a beginner and have never paddled before or you’re advanced and could paddle in your sleep…we have a race for you! Races include:

Beginner/Recreational Race (No paddle experience needed)

Intermediate

Advanced (Paddle only)

Advanced (Paddle and fitness)

Instructors will be on site at the event for any training needed prior to the race.

We hope to see you there.