Then follow the journey of our US Armed Forces “wounded warriors…” those severely injured in the war on terror as they rode their specially-adapted equipment to cycle from Aventura to Key West. Dubbed the “Soldier Ride,” this year’s group of 30 men and women were riding their bikes to raise public awareness and funds for the Wounded Warrior Project services and programs.
The Wounded Warrior Project began when several individuals took small, inspired actions to help others in need. One night while watching the evening news, veterans and brothers were moved by stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq. Their goal was to provide tangible support for the severely wounded, helping them on the road to physical and mental health.
The Soldier Ride was created to provide rehabilitative cycling events for severely injured service members. For many of these combat-wounded veterans, the program offers a way to return to an active lifestyle. The program also offers wounded warriors a chance to get on a bike and prove to themselves, “I can still do this.’’
For the fifth consecutive year, one of Turnberry Associates’ flagship properties, the Residence Inn by Marriott at the Aventura Mall, hosted the group while the Aventura Marketing Council rallied community leaders to welcome them and wish them well on their journey.
Aventura Mayor Susan Gottlieb and Vice Mayor Billy Joel were there to extend the city’s best wishes and to recognize these American heroes for their service to our country. And students from the city’s school, ACES (Aventura City of Excellence Schools), were there with school team leaders, distributing homemade cookies and sweets while Ojus leaders brought in goody bags for each and every rider, filled with water and snacks as did Aventura Marketing Council members.
Greg Presnol, General Manager for the Residence Inn noted, “On behalf of the Residence Inn by Marriott – Aventura Mall, it was once again our honor and pleasure to host the Wounded Warriors for the fifth straight year. We proudly support this annual event and greatly appreciate the servicemen and women of our US military who protect this country and our freedoms. It is our pleasure to give back by supporting this event each year for those veterans who have served the country on our behalf.”
Front Desk Manager Michelle Belton added, “Residence Inn’s support of our Wounded Veterans is part of Turnberry’s continued commitment to serving our community, and these soldiers have a very special place in our hearts.”
For more information about supporting the Wounded Warrior Project, visit woundedwarriorproject.org. For more information about Turnberry