18-day ride will raise money to grant A Warrior’s Wishes for wounded veterans
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HILLSBOUOUGH, N.J. (May 21, 2018) – The Fourth Annual Riding For Warriors 18-day motorcycle ride will kick-off May 24 in Somerset County, New Jersey benefiting Hope For The Warriors and its A Warrior’s Wish program.
Celebrating 11 years of service, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family, and hope for veterans, service members and military families.
Through its first established program, A Warrior’s Wish, Hope For The Warriors fulfills a desire for a better quality of life or supports a quest for gratifying endeavors for those who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty.
For the fourth year, the ride will be led by Air Force veteran and Hillsborough-based Michael Nehlsen and sponsored by Union, New Jersey-based Hillmann Consulting. Again, joining Nehlsen on the more than 4,700-mile Southern journey is Jeff Molesko, also from Hillsborough.
The 18-day journey will take them south through Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, ending back home in New Jersey.
With a goal of $25,000, Nehlsen and Molesko are raising funds to sponsor the A Warrior’s Wish program. In addition they will honor all military members who have served, and on Memorial Day, will memoralize those who have died in action.
Nehlsen shares why he and Molesko embark on this ambitious journey each year.
“Jeff and I have been very fortunate in our lives and are very proud of our nations warriors and the sacrifices they have made for all of us,” said Nehlsen. “We look forward to giving back as much as we can through the A Warriors Wish program and to those who have served and gave so much. This is our way of saying ‘thank you for your service, you are appreciated and welcome home!’”
In three years, the proceeds from Riding For Warriors has sponsored 14 wishes through A Warrior’s Wish totaling more than $91,000 providing wounded veterans with woodworking and farm equipment, family trips, a saw mill, a horse trailer, a bass boat, four road bicycles and more.
“We’re excited and honored for Michael and Jeff to embark on the 2018 Riding For Warriors,” said Robin Kelleher, co-founder and president of Hope For The Warriors. “Not only are both gentleman raising funds for deserving service members and veterans but they’re also raising awareness for Hope For The Warriors across 16 states.”
For more information on Riding For Warriors or to make a donation, visit hopeforthewarriors.org/Riding4Warriors2018.
About Hope For The Warriors:
Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post 9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served more than 19,000 through a variety of support programs focused on transition services, clinical health and wellness, sports and recreation and community development and engagement. The nonprofit’s first program, A Warrior’s Wish, has granted more than 180 wishes to fulfill a desire for a better quality of life or support a quest for gratifying endeavors. In addition, Run For The Warriors has captured the hearts of more than 23,500 since 2010. For more information, visit hopeforthewarriors.org, Facebook or Twitter.