Swinerton Remembers 9-11 with SAME Fun RunContributor: Swinerton Blogger | September 11, 2016 | Image Gallery »
In remembrance of 9-11, Swinerton Builders Government (SBG) participated in the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Denver Metro Post (DMP) Family Fun Run on September 10, 2016. The Family Fun Run included a five-mile run around the Denver Federal Center, finishing with a lunch catered by Mod Market, along with activities and a game designed by the SAME Colorado School of Mines Post.
This year’s not-for-profit organization the group selected was Pets For Vets. Pets For Vets strives to help heal the emotional wounds of military veterans by pairing them with a rescue dog that has been saved from a kill shelter. Monies raised go to save the dogs and place them in foster homes, rehabilitate them, and teach them good manners to fit into their partnered veteran’s lifestyle. Training may also include desensitization to wheel chairs or crutches as well as recognizing panic or anxiety disorder behaviors. Needy shelter dogs receive a second chance at life while giving our returning troops a second chance at health and happiness. This year’s event successfully raised $2,500—$1,500 more than last year’s run. The funds raised will provide two dogs a second chance at life and a couple of new best friends to two lucky veterans.
“As a commander, I have been continually faced with junior soldiers who bear not only the physical, but also emotional scars of their sacrifices,” shared SBG Small Business Liaison Manager and Chair Person for the SAME Fun Run, Drew Rippel. “This is a great organization that saves a shelter dog and provides a companion to a veteran. In times of crisis or emotional duress, these pets have been shown to provide a stable and calming effect for their owners.”