Photos from 5th Annual Heroes Run
June 10, 2017
Please join us as we honor Sgt Shaina Schmigel, bring awareness to the needs of our female veterans and honor all who have served.
Join our 5th Annual Heroes Run charity fundraiser benefiting PGRNY HOTH (Help on the Homefront), and New York Warrior Alliance hosted by the Patriot Guard Riders of New York. The two organizations are 100% volunteer and 100% of donations they received are used to assist our wounded veterans, their caregivers, families of the fallen and basically those in crisis that have suffered service connected disabilities. This assistance is provided to fill their otherwise unmet needs.
This year the women of Priscilla's House will also benefit from this event. Priscilla's House is the first female veteran's permenant supportive housing in Rochester.
(download our event flyer by clicking on it)
Women in Uniform
The need for female veteran transitional housing is on the rise. Our female veterans experience the same difficulties as their male counterparts and very often even more. Not only are they returning with issues such as PTSD, but very frequently they are single mothers, homeless and without a means for financial support. Transitional housing may offer safe environments, stability, education and assistance necessary for our female veterans to suceed in today's society.
"Beyond health care, women veterans are more likely than their male peers to face economic and personal challenges. Women veterans have consistently higher rates of unemployment, are more likely to be homeless, and are more likely to be single parents."
Quoted from: Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
COL Dawn DeVine
This year we are please to announce that COL Dawn DeVine will be joining us from Washington, DC to be our guest speaker.
COL Dawn DeVine pictured with Amy Tausch, President of New York Warrior Alliance
Honoree - Sgt Shaina B Schmigel
SGT. SCHMIGEL - Age 21, 82nd Airborne Paratrooper died Friday evening May 30, 2014 in a training exercise at Fort Bragg, NC. She was born October 18, 1992 in Batavia, NY. Shaina was a 2010 graduate of Medina High School. After graduation she enlisted in the United States Army to follow her dream of being a soldier. She began as a Military Intelligence Analyst and attended basic combat training at Fort Jackson, SC followed by Advanced Individual Training at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Upon completion of her Military Intelligence training, SGT Schmigel attended the United States Army Airborne School in May of 2011 becoming a proud member of the Airborne community. SGT Schmigels first assignment was to Bravo Company, 2D Brigade Special Troops Battalion where she served as an Intelligence Analyst and a Signal Intelligence Analyst. She deployed to Iraq in the summer of 2011 in support of Operation New Dawn where she was instrumental in providing the Brigade Commander with real time situational awareness on the enemy during stressful combat conditions. Upon return from Iraq SGT Schmigel was assigned to HHC, 37th Engineer Battalion, where she participated in one rotation to the Joint Readiness Training Center and several Brigade and Battalion level training exercises. SGT Schmigel had also attended the Warrior Leaders Course. Her awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal 2, Army Good Conduct Medal 2, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with one Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and the Parachutist Badge.
June 11, 2017
Yesterday was a beautiful day for our Memorial Ride from Rush, NY to Batavia, NY to remember Sgt Shaina B Schmigel and her family. Let us never forget.
We depend on the very generous Rochester and surrounding communities to make our Annual Heroes Run the success that we have enjoyed each year. And that success translates into the assistance we are able to give our very deserving veterans and their families.
Spectrum News Interview
Interview with Cristina Domingues at Spectrum News who will be our Emcee at Saturday's event. Thank you Cristina for all your willingness to promote and support our mission. Click photo to watch video.
New location this year!
This year our format and location have changed. Our event will be held at the Rush Creekside Inn. Our Heroes Run will begin with registration starting at 10:00am to 11:30am with the actual ride leaving at 12:00pm sharp. The ride will end at the event location, Rush Creekside Inn.
6071 E Henrietta Rd
Rush, NY 14543
Our event will be in their pavilion located in the back of the property.
Tickets and Meal
This year we are keeping things simple! All tickets will be sold at the ride registration ($20 per person) for those participating in the ride and event; or if you are attending the event only ($15 per person), at the Rush Creekside Inn. Event ticket sales begin at 2pm, food service starts at 2:30pm.
We are doing picnic style fare this year and the offering is hamburger or hot dog and sides.
Please consider making a donation to HOTH if you are unable to make this years event. Our veterans are counting on us! Donations are easy to do and payment may be made through PayPal using a credit card, you don't need a PayPal account. Click HERE to donate. Thank you for your generousity.
Big Mike and The Motivators
Big Mike and The Motivators will be joining us and helping us to rock the day away. They are an up and coming high energy quintet based in Rochester. Their line-up consists of Mike D’Aurizio on lead vocals and harmonica; Carmen Verzillo; guitar; Jonathan Tucker, piano and organ; Phil Supernault, bass guitar; and Marc Zimmerman, drums and vocals. Their music is best described as American roots music and performances are a rousing evening of blues and soul, with a dose of rock and roll.
This is a band of seasoned veterans of the national and local music scene. Members of this band have played with and opened for Greg “Fingers” Taylor, long time harmonica player in Jimmy Buffet’s band, Ernest Lane of The Ike Turner Blues Review, and Richard Ray Farrell. Some also sit in with local artists Joe Beard and John Cole. They are as comfortable on a large festival stage in front of thousands of people as we are on the smallest of stages in a more intimate setting.
So even if you don't do the 'ride', come for the show.
Patriot Guard Riders of New York, Inc. (PGRNY) is a non-profit New York corporation organized exclusively for charitable and community service purposes. PGRNY is affiliated with Patriot Guard Riders, a national organization. PGRNY is a diverse group of patriots who come together to show support to US service members, veterans, and their families by standing flag lines and providing escorts at memorial services and other events honoring veterans and military personnel. We do not have meetings, dues or most of the other membership requirements of other organizations. The only thing we have in common is a deep feeling of appreciation of the sacrifices that our military and first responders have made and continue to make. Many members also share a love of motorcycles and many are also veterans, but neither is a requirement.
Help On The Homefront is the program that we use to assist our veterans. PGRNY is a 100% volunteer organization. Any donations received go directly to the veterans as assistance to members of the Armed Services, veterans, families of deployed service members, and Gold Star families in need through our Help on the Homefront (HOTH) program. We also presently, although in the Rochester area only at the present time, a warehouse where we accept gently used furniture where veterans can request items.