As proud Americans, we believe that the brave men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces deserve the best from all of us. We also believe that supporting our veterans should involve being active, dollar beers, and live music. Wins for Warriors Foundation is proud to be working with Fifth Third Bank, 94.7 WCSX and the Metro Detroit Veterans Coalition (MDVC) to celebrate Veterans Day and bring the Fifth Third Bank Armed Services Salute to downtown Detroit on November 6.
The mission is to provide a fun, family-friendly atmosphere and day of activities to honor those who have sacrificed so much for our country. The plan is to have a great time while doing it!
The inaugural Fifth Third 4Star 4Mile Race will begin at noon near Hart Plaza. All proceeds will support the MDVC and the Wins for Warriors Foundation. There is a $35 standard registration fee and a $25 military discount registration fee. All race finishers will receive a commemorative dog tag, and participants will receive an exclusive Under Armour race shirt. On the back of your shirts we encourage you to write or pin a picture of who you are running to honor. Also, please let us know who you will be honoring by using #RunToHonor on social media!
Have no fear, if you register for the race you are not required to run. Walking the course is encouraged to all and is a great way to support veterans and stay active at the same time.
Racing not up your alley? Or looking for a fun activity after you’re done working up a sweat? Join us for Vets Fest in Hart Plaza- a free, family-friendly event! Dollar beers for military members and veterans ($2 for all other attendees) and food trucks will be open to the public from 11 am-3 pm. Also, the Detroit Veterans Day Parade begins at noon, and Hart Plaza will be the prime viewing area. Even then, the fun will not stop there.
Detroit’s very own Classic Rock station, 94.7 WCSX, will be broadcasting live from Vets Fest throughout the race and the parade, so if you are unable to make the event, tune in to hear about how you can still make a donation. Country music artist, Audrey Ray, will be the highlight of the entertainment for the event. Audrey is a singer and songwriter who has performed throughout Michigan as well as opened up for CMA New Artist and Female Vocalist of the Year Nominee, Kelsea Ballerini. She is a young and fun performer who is a strong supporter of our United States Armed Forces.
“Growing up, my Grandpa would tell me stories about when he served in World War II, and just remembering his stories and experiences still gives me the chills and goosebumps,” said Audrey.
Our foundation recognizes that there is often difficulty and confusion with resources that exist currently for returning veterans. The money that is raised will go to creating year-round opportunities for military and veteran families to bond through activities and events that will encourage a smooth and enjoyable transition from military to civilian life. Additionally, one of our goals is to create resource centers across the country that will provide veterans with services and connections that can fill their specific needs.
We will begin this mission of connecting the community with veteran resources at Vets Fest! Come out to meet over 25 amazing nonprofit organizations represented in the Detroit area that make it their mission to impact veteran lives. Want to learn how to get involved? Give back? Learn where to get help? Meet the incredible people representing these organizations on November 6 at FORT VSO in Hart Plaza.
This event is a huge part of the exciting Wins for Warriors Foundation journey. Help us continue to spread the word about how to help our veterans in fun and active ways by getting involved.
Ready to run? Click here for the registration form, we look forward to seeing you there! Let us know what motivates you to support our military members and veterans with #RunToHonor.