Soldiers and Families Embraced (SAFE) recently held its annual fundraising breakfast at The Belle Hollow with guest speaker Lt. Gen. Ronald Bailey, USMC (Ret.) delivering an inspirational message and personally challenging everyone in the room to match his donation.
SAFE's Board President John Eiland welcomed everyone to the event, Megan Holland delivered the invocation, and Cindy McElroy sang the National Anthem.
Lantz Smith introduced Lt. Gen. Bailey. After Bailey's speech, SAFE's Program Director, Amy Fidler, read a personal testimonial, and members of the SAFE Board of Directors presented the 2018 Community Hero Award to Nelson Boehms.
SAFE Executive Director, Lantz Smith talked a little about the organization and its work. “I juggle all the hats, and make sure everything goes smoothly,” Smith said. “We've been here since 2010, and we're doing well. We stay really busy. There is a huge need in the community for the resources that we provide. We primarily offer mental health counseling for our veterans and their families.”
Immediately after the breakfast, SAFE was presented with a $7,000 donation from the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association.