GovSource, Inc. (GSI) Baja 1000 Fisher House Campaign
GovSource, Inc. (GSI) is proud to announce its partnership with the Fisher House Foundation.
About the Fisher House:
Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. These homes are located at major U.S. military and VA medical centers nationwide, close to the medical center or hospital it serves. Fisher Houses have up to 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a dining room and a living room. Fisher House Foundation ensures that there is never a fee. Since inception, the program has saved military and veteran families an estimated $200 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation.
Fisher House Foundation also operates the Hero Miles Program, using donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members as well as the Hotels for Heroes program using donated hotel points to allow family members to stay at hotels near medical centers without charge. The Foundation also manages a grant program that supports other military charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses and children of fallen and disabled veterans. Fisher House has received an "A+" rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy and four out of a possible four stars from Charity Navigator.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of a race that embodies all that is crazy and addictive about motorsports. It started in the Mexican desert, in 1967, and became known as the Baja 1000.
The SCORE Baja 1000 is an off-road race that takes place in Mexico's Baja California Peninsula. When finalized, the grueling race course will cover approximately 1,300 miles of the mysterious and majestic Baja California peninsula. It is widely considered to be the most difficult and challenging race on earth.
This epic endurance event has developed into a sort of a mix between Mad Max, the Dakar Rally and The Twilight Zone, attracting hundreds of racing legends, thrill-seekers, movie stars and rank amateurs to Northern Mexico to take on the longest non-stop point-to-point race in the world. Sure, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is hard going, the Indy 500 and the Daytona 500 are also tricky, but those guys and girls don't have to deal with oncoming traffic and fan-built booby-traps.
GSI will be fielding a team in this years’ race to raise money to support the Fisher House Foundation.
The race will start in Ensenada, Mexico and roughly 36 hours later will finish in La Paz, Mexico. GSI will tackle this momentous event with a total of six drivers.
14 November 2017 – 18 November 2017
GSI’s reason for supporting the Fisher House:
There are many charities in the world today that anyone can choose to assist. We decided to partner with the Fisher House for a couple basic reasons. 1st reason is that over 92% of all proceeds collected goes directly to the families that need it. 2nd reason is that many on our team has been selflessly helped by the Fisher House at times in our lives when we needed them most. They never asked for a thing in return and always greeted us with a smile.
Please stand with us this year and donate anything you feel comfortable with, whether that be a set donation or an amount for every mile that we are scheduled to cover. Being that this year’s race will be 1,330 miles, a donation $.05 per mile would equate to $66.50.
To learn more about GSI, please visit https://www.govsource.com/
The Doc Moss' Fisher House Story
Retired Air Force MSgt Doc Moss and his wife Maria never wanted anyone to experience what they had – a family member sleeping in a car while their loved one was being treated at a military medical center far from home.
The Moss’ never forgot that experience - and the physical, mental, and emotional toll it took on both of them.
In 2012, Doc TOOK ACTION by spearheading the fundraising campaign to build a Fisher House at the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System in Las Vegas, raising more than $3M in record-breaking time.
Here’s why . . .
Master Sergeant “Doc” Moss was an ammo specialist in the Air Force who built bombs for a living. He was a “tough guy in the military where the mission always came first.”
In 1994, Doc suffered a critical back injury in the line of duty that brought this ‘tough guy’ to his knees.
Doc was medevac’d to a major military medical center for specialized care after local doctors failed to diagnose the cause of his paralyzing pain.
His wife Maria was frightened for herself and for Doc – she was new to this country and spoke little English, her new husband was undergoing emergency surgery for a debilitating injury, she was hours away from home, and she was sleeping in her car in the hospital parking lot.
Maria felt alone and afraid; Doc felt he had failed his new wife.
Had there been a Fisher House at that hospital, the experience would have been vastly different. Maria would have had a comfortable place to stay, staff and volunteers to help her navigate the hospital system, and other guests to comfort her in this very scary situation.
Would you like to follow in the Moss’ footsteps and do more than say, “Thanks for your service” to military families?
Donate with Confidence - Fisher House has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator 13 years in a row and an 'A+' rating from CharityWatch /American Institute of Philanthropy.
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