"I am absolutely proud of the work our team at 990WBOB did to help raise funds for our brave men and women in need," said WBOB General Manager Adam Palazio. "I admire the work and efforts of 22Kill and am pleased that we are able to help contribute in some small way to their good work."
In addition to the high-profile contributors, much of the money was raised through WBOB's strong community of supporters.
The total money raised for the event had been just shy of the goal for a period of time, but a gracious pizza donation from Cranston's Cucina Rustica reinvigorated the WBOB volunteers, along with a generous cash donation from owner Gina Musto and executive chef Brian Nadeau.
"It was amazing to us to see how many individuals chipped in a few dollars at a time to help such a worthwhile cause," said WBOB Director of Content Kevin Aherne. "It really does take the efforts of a community to affect change."
Honor Courage Commitment, Inc. started the #22KILL movement in 2013 after learning about the staggering statistic that an average of 22 veterans are killed by suicide every day. Honor Courage Commitment, Inc. (HCC) committed to researching and understanding the genesis of this epidemic, and educating the general public on the issue. #22KILL was a platform to raise awareness not just towards veteran suicide, but also to the mental health issues that can lead to suicide. These issues stem primarily from conditions such as PTS and TBI, and struggles of transitioning out of the military.
The solution is veteran empowerment. One of the biggest challenges veterans face is finding a sense of purpose after service. #22KILL directly supports HCC’s veteran empowerment programs that help veterans maximize their talents and understand their value outside of the military. #22KILL also continually provides support for other nonprofit organizations, community events and project.
In July 0f 2015, 22KILL officially became its own 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Although legally separated from HCC, both organizations continue to work closely together to continue the mission of awareness and empowerment.
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