Combining fun, exercise and fundraising to raise money for multiple San Diego programs that benefit veterans
An estimated 1,000 San Diego college students, military personnel and the general public will exercise on the flight deck of the USS Midway for the Ex 4 Vets IV event on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 8:30-10:00 a.m. The event hosted by Embrace, a nationally recognized non-profit organization focused on bringing together diverse groups of college students to serve civilians and veterans in need, will consist of an hour-long fitness and kickboxing workout led by fitness guru Cindy Whitmarsh.
"Every year this event grows in size and influence. More young adults and the community at large become aware of the needs of San Diego's homeless and disabled veteran communities, and how college students meet those needs by volunteering through Embrace," said Sean Sheppard, founder of Embrace. "The secondary goal is to raise at least $100,000 to expand our ability to serve homeless veterans year-round through our Embrace The Streets program, as well as disabled veterans through Embrace's Healing Our Heroes' Homes program."
Part of what makes Ex 4 Vets unique is that Embrace gives back 50% of net revenues to student organizations, ministries, active military and veteran groups that participate. Embrace gave back over $11,000 to participating groups at last years Ex 4 Vets event held on April 20, 2013.
Ex 4 Vets III - www.Ex4Vets.org
Following the Ex 4 Vets workout, Embrace will provide food and prizes. Food, fun, music and an award ceremony to recognize the top individual and group fundraisers will take place after the exercise concludes. Prizes will include a 40-inch TV for the top individual student fundraiser and gift cards will be awarded to the top two group fundraisers. The "Ex 4 Vets Cup" will also be awarded to the top sorority and fraternity fundraisers.
The registration fee for students, active military and veterans is $25 through April 11, 2014. For civilians, the registration fee is $30 through April 11, 2014, and the day of event registration fee is $45 for all participants.
Leading the hour-long workout will be fitness guru Cindy Whitmarsh, who hosts a weekly fitness segment on San Diego's own KUSI News. Whitmarsh has her own consulting business, Ultrafit Nutrition Systems, and has produced and starred in her own exercise video, "The Ultrafit Fat Burning Video." She has appeared in countless DVD's and infomercials, as well as network television specials.
A partial list of sponsors includes The Union Tribune, Jack In The Box Foundation, Motwani Lasik Institute, Coca-Cola, Walmart, San Diego State University, Alliance Healthcare Foundation, SDG&E and the USS Midway Museum.
To become a sponsor for Ex 4 Vets, visit www.ex4vets.org
To donate to Ex 4 Vets, visit www.active.com/donate/ex4vets_iv
Founded in 2000, Embrace uses community service to bring diverse groups of people together to bring about social wellness in our society. The organization focuses on the utilization of college students and recent graduates to develop their leadership qualities and remedy community problems such as health disparities and homelessness on a volunteer basis. Founder Sean Sheppard's ultimate goal is to bring about legislation that makes community service mandatory for all college students that attend state funded institutions of higher education.
For more information on Embrace, visit www.embrace1.org
For more information about Sheppard and his life, visit www.thegoodsheppard.tv