“Ocean City Home Bank donated $5,000 …and set a goal to help raise $45,000 for the third annual Operation First Response: Walk for the Wounded, an October 1 event in Ocean City NJ that benefits wounded soldiers and their families,” according to a recent report in OC Patch.
Three well-known basketball coaches participated in the kick-off announcement: Phil Martelli (St. Joseph’s University), Fran Dunphy (Temple University) and Chris Ford (former coach of 76ers and other NBA teams). Operation First Response, is the non-profit beneficiary of this fundraising effort and the most compelling speaker was retired US Marine Sgt. Matthew Sonderman. He was assisted personally by Operation First Response after being seriously wounded during his third tour of duty in Afghanistan.
When he arrived at a military hospital in Texas for surgery and rehabilitation, his family was waiting for him — their travel and accommodations paid for by Operation First Response.
“It meant so much to have my family there with me,” Sonderman said in an Ocean City Patch article, “and Operation First Response made that happen.”
To participate in the Ocean City walk to benefit Operation First Response on the Boardwalk Saturday, October 1, 2011, click “Walk for the Wounded” to learn more or to register for the event.
You are invited to make a donation to this very worthwhile organization, even if you are not walking in this event.
To learn more about OPERATION FIRST RESPONSE