On Saturday, Feb. 9, about 200 people assembled at The Cedars Resort for an event called the Radar Run—live music, a burger and brat fry, bake sale, raffle, live music and snowmobile races.
Though the crowd enjoyed the event, they had been motivated to come for a more noble purpose. They had come to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).
The Wounded Warrior Project serves veterans and service members who have incurred a physical or mental injury, illness or wound during their service on or after Sept. 11, 2001.
While over 48,000 servicemen and women have been physically injured in recent military conflicts, as many as 400,000 service members live with invisible wounds including combat-related stress, major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Another 320,000 are believed to have experienced traumatic brain injury while on deployment. The organization’s aim is to help these warriors adjust at home and achieve new goals.
To help arrive at this end, WWP provides rehabilitative retreats, peer support and professional services, as well as health, nutrition and recreational activities. They also provide higher education programs, technology training and employment assistance services to help these warriors pursue a meaningful career or open their own businesses. The aim is to do whatever it takes, whether it means treating the mind, the body or helping them provide economically for themselves and their families to get back to the business of living a healthy and happy life.
A cause in which he believes
For that reason, Ray Brickner, owner of The Cedars Resort, decided to host an event that would enable him and the community to give to a cause in which Ray believes.
General Manager Tammy Westphalen spent the month beforehand appealing to potential sponsors in the area. In the end, Manitowoc’s Festival Foods, Copps Foods, Wal-Mart, Sunrise Bakery in Kiel, Reinhart Foods, Sysco Food, VFW Post 9156 and the Valders Piggly Wiggly came up to the plate and donated everything needed to run the event.
Sheboygan Yamaha co-sponsored it, and various area TV and radio stations helped generate interest in the event as well.
On Feb. 9, the brat fry started at 11 a. m. and activities ran throughout the day until 4 p. m.
One of the highlights was a gun raffle, the gun donated by Gary Horn, as well as a hefty supply of Special Forces T-shirts to be raffled off, proceeds going to the WWP. Gary has a special interest in the organization as well. His son-in-law is