Team HFOT has been running marathons to raise money for Homes for Our Troops(HFOT) to support the mission of building specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans since 2008, when the inaugural races were the Marine Corps Marathon and the Boston Marathon. For the 2015/2016 season, Team HFOT has six scheduled marathons, spanning coast-to-coast, from the first Disneyland Half Marathon in Anaheim, CA, to Walt Disney World Marathon in Orlando, FL.
Budget Blinds® franchise owners, Emmett and Jana Brost of Budget Blinds Serving Puyallup, WA, participated in the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend, September 4 – 6, with a goal of raising $1,200 for Homes for Our Troops. The weekend event had three races with Team HFOT participants in every race. Emmett and Jana ran the 5K on Friday, proudly representing Budget Blinds. According to HFOT, the overall goal of $25,000 for Team HFOT will be reached, with donations continuing through September 18. You can still make a donation to support Emmett and Jana by clicking on the links below. (And remember, approximately 90% of donations go directly to helping veterans.)
Awareness fosters action
Emmett and Jana first heard about Homes for Our Troops when they became independent franchise business owners about one year ago and learned of the partnership between Budget Blinds and HFOT. With Springs Window Fashions®, a long-time trusted manufacturing partner, Budget Blinds has committed to placing our Signature Series® faux wood blinds in every specially adapted home HFOT builds for severely injured veterans over a three-year period. To date, Budget Blinds franchisees have donated their time and expertise to place faux wood blinds into 27 of the almost 200 homes that HFOT has built across the country since 2004.
For Emmett and Jana, this marathon is the first HFOT event they’ve attended, and they look forward to assisting with an HFOT home in their area one day. They both have a heart for the military with Jana growing up in a military home—her dad is 30-year U.S. Navy, retired–and in college she did her graduate studies on military veterans returning to higher education and the challenges they face, including disability. Emmett serves on community boards that partner with local business and the military. He emcees the annual Operation Red celebration honoring high school students who have joined the military and serves on the Washington State Army-Civilian Council that helps connect recruiters with local high schools. Living near the Air Force/Army Joint Base Lewis-McChord affords daily interaction with military personnel and families who make up about 85% of the population in the area.
Memories and creating more
While the HFOT partnership may be new to Emmett and Jana, Disneyland is not. Growing up in San Diego, Jana went to the happiest place on earth untold number of times. They’ve been to Disneyland together half a dozen times and, this trip, the kids will come. Ida-Lilly who is five and Jethro, one-and-a-half, will help celebrate their parents’ 10th wedding anniversary as well as cheer on Team HFOT and, of course, see all the princesses and their favorite Disney characters.
Jana shares. “Emmett and I are celebrating our 10-year wedding anniversary and we wanted to do something meaningful while celebrating this huge milestone. When we saw that HFOT would be a part of the Disneyland Half Marathon we knew this would be a great way to celebrate! Emmett actually proposed to me in California Adventure 11 years ago so it is all the more sweet to be there and seeing this as an opportunity to serve an organization that is doing unmatched work in our country.”
They were onsite at 5:30 a.m. for the race, and ran the course which included select streets of Anaheim and through the Disneyland parks. The Team Pasta dinner on Saturday night brought together the runners and seven veteran HFOT home recipients, one who ran in the half marathon on Sunday. It was an action-packed weekend that delivered on excitement: “The race was fun and so very worth it!”
Making a difference for veterans
Homes for Our Troops has become the driving force in getting the most severely wounded post-9/11 veterans and their families into mortgage-free homes that facilitate day-to-day activity, allowing them to focus on recovery and rebuilding their lives. The Budget Blinds franchise family is proud to support our veterans in this way.
“We share a strong commitment to supporting veterans who have served our country. Many of our founders have personal connections to the U.S. Armed Forces as do a number of our franchisees across the country. It is our hope that the synergies between Budget blinds and Homes for Our Troops will continue to honor returning soldiers for years to come.” — Chad Hallock, CEO and co-founder of Budget Blinds
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For information on our partnership with HFOT, go to BBsupportsHFOT.com. To make a donation to HFOT on behalf of Budget Blinds, go to https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/BudgetBlindsHFOT.
To learn more about Budget Blinds’ and parent company, Home Franchise Concept’s programs for helping veterans become franchise business owners, go to http://homefranchiseconepts.com.