From London to Fenway – Home Base Summer in Review

From Kensington Palace in London to home plate at Fenway, it’s been an exciting summer for Home Base. As we head into fall, here’s a look back at everything from our International Thought Leadership Summit to the Falmouth Road Race, and more!

International Thought Leadership Summit

This June, Home Base teamed up with Walking With The Wounded to host more than 50 key leaders from government, not-for-profit, and business community for an “International Thought Leadership Summit on the Invisible Wounds of War.” The goal of the summit was to outline key priorities in addressing the growing need of Veterans and their families impacted by the invisible wounds, such as post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. The summit was made possible with support from George W. Bush Presidential Center and sponsorship from Wounded Warrior Project.

 (Photo by Michael Blanchard)

Mission: Gratitude

Home Base’s annual Mission: Gratitude gala went across the pond this year! To commemorate the Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees in London Series, Home Base teamed up with UK’s Walking With The Wounded and the Boston Red Sox to bring Mission Gratitude gala overseas to Kensington Palace. The evening, hosted on June 27th – National PTSD Awareness Day, raised significant awareness to the invisible wounds affecting 1 in 3 of our Veterans. The transatlantic initiative raised $1.3 million in support of US and UK Veterans and their Families. Guests in attendance were treated to an intimate dinner in the Palace and a special performance by Sting. For the past five years, the Mission: Gratitude gala has brought in millions of dollars in support of Home Base’s mission. This year’s gala was a night full of patriotism, glamour and hope as we celebrated the first-ever transatlantic event to support UK and US Veterans.

Mohegan Sun  

The Boston Red Sox 2018 World Series Trophy made a special appearance at Mohegan Sun this summer! Mohegan Sun graciously hosted members of the Home Base team during the Barrett-Jackson car auction in July. Folks attending the auction were able to stop by the Home Base table to take a photo with the trophy and enter an exclusive raffle. Participants were eligible to win a David Oritz jersey, tickets to the Red Sox/Yankees game at the end of the month, a baseball autographed by Tim Wakefield, and more. Barrett-Jackson also donated tickets for Veterans, Service Members, and military-connected families to attend the car auction at Mohegan Sun for free.

Run to Home Base

Runners cross home plate after completing the race during the 2019 Run to Home Base presented by New Balance. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Home Base)

On Saturday, July 27th, Home Base hosted its 10th Annual Run to Home Base presented by New Balance 5K/9K fundraiser. This year marked an important milestone for the organization as Home Base celebrated the 10th anniversary of the annual charity race. A total of 2,464 total participants from across 41 states raised $2.3M in support of Home Base’s mission to heal the invisible wounds for Veterans and their Families. Included in the 2,464 participants were more than 700 Veterans, Active Duty, Guard and Reserve Service Members, 88 participants who raised $2,500+ individually, and 59 10-year participants. The event’s “10-Year Runners” were recognized during a special prerace ceremony, which featured Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Massachusetts General Hospital President Dr. Peter Slavin, Boston Red Sox Chairman Werner and Home Base Veteran speaker, Navy SEAL Chris Gemmer, who spoke to the impact Home Base has had on his life. “Along with the exceptional care I received, and with the support of the other veterans and active duty service members in my treatment cohort, I was able to look into the mirror, face many of my issues, and begin to deal with them,” he said. “Home Base provided a path to healing I struggled to find on my own – Home Base gave me hope.”  The day marked an important milestone for Home Base as the organization kicked off its ten-year anniversary with a commemorative pregame ceremony during the Red Sox vs. Yankees Game at Fenway Park, which recognized Veterans and Military Families who have benefited from Home Base, first responder champions, community and national partners and Home Base staff. “Home Base is truly the product of a grateful nation,” said Brigadier General (ret.) Jack Hammond, Home Base Executive Director. “We are continuously growing and expanding our boundaries, both geographically and intellectually, to reach new heights in offering innovation and rigor to help Veterans and their Families facilitate successful transitions to civilian life. As we celebrate this significant milestone, we look forward to many more.”

FALMOUTH ROAD RACE

On Sunday, August 18th, five runners took to the streets of Falmouth, MA for the 2019 New Balance Falmouth Road Race, a 7-mile race along the Cape. The scenic, seaside run is considered one of the premier running events of the summer. The runners endured humid conditions, but represented Home Base well along the course!

Hanscom Federal Credit Union’s Alan M. Hart Memorial Charity Golf Classic

Hanscom Federal Credit Union has been a tremendous supporter of Home Base over the last 5+ years. We are honored to be the recipient of funds raised at their annual Alan M. Hart Memorial Charity Golf Classic. This annual golf tournament was held on Monday, September 22nd at Red Tail Golf Club in Devens, MA.

SEAL Legacy Foundation’s Patriot Dinner and Warrior Open
Home Base is proud to partner with the SEAL Legacy Foundation to provide care to Navy SEALs who are dealing with post-traumatic, traumatic brain injury or other invisible wounds through a two-week Intensive Clinical Program (ICP). In the ICP, SEALs receive close to a year’s worth of treatment in two weeks, allowing SEALs to be put on a path of success that will complement their ongoing care in their home towns. The SEAL Legacy Foundation hosted their annual Patriot Dinner at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront on Sunday, September 22nd and their annual Warrior Open Golf Event on Monday, September 23rd behalf of Home Base. To learn more, click here.