Crescent Bar will host more than a dozen military veterans and their families for three days in September.
The Wake for Warriors Event will occur Sept. 17-19 and will allow military veterans and their families to spend a couple of days surfing the Columbia River, camping and gathering. This is the third straight year Crescent Bar has held this event.
The Wake for Warriors mission is “to connect with injured military veterans through sharing our passion for wake and water sports,” its website states.
“We believe that in doing so, we can help to heal the emotional and psychological wounds of military veterans and their families. Wake for Warriors knows that the scars of war are both visible and invisible,” the Wake for Warriors website continues.
“Our great community has volunteered their time, businesses, 10 surf boats and a handful of pontoon boats to support these truly remarkable individuals,” Wake for Warriors volunteer Gerry Fierling said. Fierling is from North Bend and owns a home in Crescent Bar.
Businesses volunteering their goods or services include:
Sunfire Grill - Hosting dinner
Tower Pizza - Hosting dinner
Crescent Bar Outfitters - Producing t-shirts for the event.
Island Cup and Cone - Hosting an ice cream social
Columbia Naturals CBD - Donating CBD lotions.
Lisa & Kent Karstetter - Fruit donations for participants
CB Park & Store
Hugo’s Taco Truck from Royal City - Providing lunch
Local veterans who want to participate may sign up at https://www.wakeforwarriors.org/events.
“Our focus has, and always will be, on connecting with our riders. We share in their struggles and celebrate victories on and off the water. WFW is guided by combat veterans that understand the value of camaraderie without the hype, marketing or fanfare,” the website states.
Wake for Warriors is a non-profit founded in 2012 by Lt. Col. David Deep.
Anyone who would like to, can donate at https://www.wakeforwarriors.org/ under the donate button or in-person at Tower Pizza. People who donate online are asked to add “Crescent Bar” in the notes session.
People wanting to donate goods or service to the Crescent Bar event are asked to reach out to Fierling at firstname.lastname@example.org.