3rd Annual Healing Heroes Ride Scheduled for October 1, 2016

Press Release

BLUEMONT, Virginia – (August 30, 2016) – Hundreds of motorcyclists will take to the country roads participating in the third annual “Healing Heroes Ride.” The 100-mile motorcycle ride through the scenic Piedmont and Shenandoah Valleys is a popular “high stakes” poker run, which raises money to support Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness in Bluemont, Virginia. This year’s ride takes place on October 1, 2016, with a rain date of October 2, 2016.

“This is a favorite ride for so many local motorcyclists,” shared Ken Falke, chairman and founder of the Boulder Crest Retreat. “It’s a beautiful scenic ride with great prizes and entertainment and a great way to support the health and wellness of our military veterans and their families.”

The 3rd Annual Healing Heroes Ride goes from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and begins at either Patriot Harley Davidson in Fairfax, Virginia or at VFW Post 9760 in Berryville, Virginia and ends at Boulder Crest Retreat in Bluemont, Virginia. Hundreds of bikers, spend the day riding through the beautiful scenery, and spending time with fellow riders. The day includes riding, a BBQ, and live entertainment.  All of the funds raised are donated to Boulder Crest Retreat to support military members, veterans, and their families.

Since the inaugural ride, over $60,000 has been raised. The entry fee is $30 for a rider and $60 for rider and passenger, and includes a poker hand, breakfast, lunch, drinks, and entertainment. Many of the riders and passengers are veterans themselves, and come out annually to support fellow brothers and sisters.

“The excitement within the motorcycle community is building as local riders and riders from as far away as Florida are getting ready to participate in the 3rd Annual Healing Heroes Ride to support BCR,” says ride chairman Jack Causa.  “Bikers, many of whom are veterans, are avid supporters of this ride and the great work being done by Boulder Crest Retreat to support our combat veterans and thei families.”

For the second year in a row, John Marshall Bank is the Presenting Sponsor for this ride.

“As a locally owned and managed financial institution, John Marshall Bank participates in a number of worthwhile community events throughout the Washington region,” added Bill Ridenour, president of John Marshall Bank. “This particular event is important to me because I am the father of a wounded Iraq War veteran.  I have also been a motorcycle enthusiast for over 45 years. The Healing Heroes Ride provides a unique opportunity for me to enjoy the Northern Virginia countryside with fellow riders while supporting the exceptional programs that Ken Falke and his Boulder Crest staff provide to our warriors and their families.”

More individual and corporate sponsors are being sought for this event.  To learn more and to register for the ride, log online to: 3rd Annual Healing Heroes Ride.

As the nation’s first privately funded wellness center dedicated exclusively to combat veterans and their families, Boulder Crest Retreat has developed the nation’s first non-clinical curriculum for combat stress, leveraging our breakthrough and innovative Warrior PATHH program. This effort will ensure that Warrior PATHH can be delivered in communities across the nation and also support our efforts to create similar world-class Retreats in communities featuring heavy concentrations of veterans. Boulder Crest Retreat is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that is funded entirely by private donations by individuals and organizations from around the country. For more information about the retreat, opened in September 2013, please go to www.bouldercrestretreat.org. View a video about the Boulder Crest Retreat here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KztgmScOQLw.


Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness is a rural sanctuary that provides free accommodations, recreational and therapeutic activities and programs to help our nation’s military and veteran personnel and their families recover and reconnect during their long journey of healing from physical and invisible wounds of war. The 37-acre retreat is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Bluemont, Virginia, just 50 miles west of Washington, D.C. The Retreat is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is entirely funded through private donations from individuals, foundations and corporations. For more information about Boulder Crest Retreat, please visit http://www.bouldercrestretreat.org.


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