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I have long wanted to give back to our veterans by organizing a run in which all boating participants take along a few armed forces vets in their boats to share the thrill of performance boating that we all love so much. I think it would be best to be a no-stop run, because of the high probability of having disabled vets on the run that would need assistance in and out of the boats. My thoughts were to have an organized run that would start and end at the Discovery Bay Marina, with lunch provided at the end of the run in the grassy area (as they do with the Big Cat Run). There would have to be a zero-tolerance for alcohol consumption before and during the run, but once the boats are back at the docks with all passengers unloaded, drinking would be allowed (I would have a beer vendor on site). If this is something you would be interested in participitating in, please post up your thoughts and if you would be willing to provide a ride for this event. I hope to have Discovery Bay Marina give free launching to all participating boats, have lunch provided free of cost to all participants, as well as provide event t-shirts to everyone on the run for free. Sorry guys, but I know I won't be able to cover the DLB beer tab! :D

This Summer, I was able to take Sargeant David Bryant and his son out for a lunch run in the Stoker. They were thrilled with their performance boat experience and so was I to be able to give back a little for someone fighting for my freedom overseas.


I sincerely hope I get a good response from all of you, because I can't do this without you! :thumb:
 

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I really like the idea of giving back and expressing gratitude for our veterans, especially the ones that come out as MEN/WOMEN who can stand on their own two feet (figuratively speaking, of coarse).

The dlb is not an entity and can not "organize" any event. However, if you get all the wrinkles ironed out on your own, or can find an entity or company willing to organize and sponsor the cause, post up an invitation.

When the invite is presented... Count me in.

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I really like the idea of giving back and expressing gratitude for our veterans, especially the ones that come out as MEN/WOMEN who can stand on their own two feet (figuratively speaking, of coarse).

The dlb is not an entity and can not "organize" any event. However, if you get all the wrinkles ironed out on your own, or can find an entity or company willing to organize and sponsor the cause, post up an invitation.

When the invite is presented... Count me in.

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Thanks Seth, and yes I only refer to the "DLB" as the group of people that participate in the DLB runs. I will organize and put the entire event together; however, I need the support of everyone with a performance boat to make it happen! But I first need to know if I can get enough guys with boats to do this sort of thing. No sense in me starting to put this event together to have 5 boats show up. I'm looking to get 25 or so boats together so I could plan to have 50 or so veterans out for the day (2 veterans per boat). Hope that clarified things a little.
 

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Thanks Seth, and yes I only refer to the "DLB" as the group of people that participate in the DLB runs. I will organize and put the entire event together; however, I need the support of everyone with a performance boat to make it happen! But I first need to know if I can get enough guys with boats to do this sort of thing. No sense in me starting to put this event together to have 5 boats show up. I'm looking to get 25 or so boats together so I could plan to have 50 or so veterans out for the day (2 veterans per boat). Hope that clarified things a little.
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I would like a chance to give a bit back to those who have given so much for us. Count me in and great idea Dale!
 

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As a former Korean Veteran I think your idea of patriotism is wonderful. It certainly is more moving since the day I came home most people looked upon us as second rate citizens. Today is great and I thank you for thinking of us who served and especially those who never made it home.
 

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Since I travel for work so much I run into our soldiers all the time in airports. I have never once passed up the opertunity to interupt my own phone call, conversation, whatever, and even step out of the security line to go up and thank these men and women for serving our country. A tank of gas is the least I can offer.

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WOW!...y'all are a classy bunch...i wish i could come out and join you for this! as a vet i can say that just the thought that you guys would do this brings a big smile to my face!...i wont be there to partake but thank you!!!! it really means a lot to see people who care!



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WOW!...y'all are a classy bunch...i wish i could come out and join you for this! as a vet i can say that just the thought that you guys would do this brings a big smile to my face!...i wont be there to partake but thank you!!!! it really means a lot to see people who care!



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Thanx Guys, you guys are pretty classy yourselves :))THumbsUp:))THumbsUp:))THumbsUp
 

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WOW!...y'all are a classy bunch...i wish i could come out and join you for this! as a vet i can say that just the thought that you guys would do this brings a big smile to my face!...i wont be there to partake but thank you!!!! it really means a lot to see people who care!



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A sincere "THANKS" to you guys for putting your live's on the line so us civilians can live without fear from those that want to harm us. From the pictures Sargeant Bryant showed me, it sure looks like you guys are at a forward location in Afghanistan in that picture. How you guys deal with random small arms fire and mortar rounds as a part of your daily lives is beyond my comprehension. Have a safe tour and I hope you guys are able to return home to your loved ones soon! :usa:
 

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oops...i didnt mean for that to come across the way it did...im not deployed right this second...but i can see how it reads that way...im actually on my way out of the army (medical discharge)...should be back in the Havasu area next month!...sorry, wasnt trying to be misleading but really thank you from the bottom of my heart...it means a lot that all of you would pull together and do something that cool for the vets in the area...i hope to share the river with you guys some day!

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I want to also add a big thanks to those of you that have already post your willingness to make this event happen! :))THumbsUp I feel pretty confident that we'll get enough boats to put together a good event for a group of deserving vets. Once I see that we would have enough boats, I will go to work on my end to make this all happen. I'd love to see this event a success for the vets! :D
 

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oops...i didnt mean for that to come across the way it did...im not deployed right this second...but i can see how it reads that way...im actually on my way out of the army (medical discharge)...should be back in the Havasu area next month!...sorry, wasnt trying to be misleading but really thank you from the bottom of my heart...it means a lot that all of you would pull together and do something that cool for the vets in the area...i hope to share the river with you guys some day!

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No problem Shaun, the fact is that you obviously were there at one time! If this thing comes together like I hope it does, you'll have to try and make it up here for it. We'd all be honored with your attendance............
 

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Dale you have talked with me about this a few times and would be glad to give back. Please start talking dates so I can do my best to plan ahead.
 
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