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American Legion Riders Raise $1,000 For PPH

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The American Legion Riders (ALR) are subgroups of the American Legion family that escort military units returning home from tours overseas, conduct massive cross-country fundraising events for injured warriors, and raise millions of dollars for local, state and national charities – including Paws for Purple Hearts.

In February, the American Legion Riders Post 3 of Newcastle, Wyoming donated $1,000 to Paws for Purple Hearts from a raffle fundraiser they held because they were touched by one of our service dog pairs – Russell and Major.

Russell is the warrior recipient of PPH service dog, Major. “I’ve been involved with PPH since 2016 when I received Major as my service dog,” says Russell. “The whole experience has been awesome and a life changer for me and my family.” He serves as a Post Commander in Powell, Wyoming which allows him to meet with personnel across the state and promote positive education about service dogs, which is how he got connected with the ALR Post 3.

“I met Russ and his dog a couple years ago and was impressed,” Deb, the chaplain for ALR Post 3, said. “So I naturally suggested that this is what our charity should be and the members concurred.”

The American Legion Riders Post 3 hosted a fundraiser raffling four hotel stays for Super Bowl weekend donated by the newly built Newcastle Lodge and Convention Center, as well as gift cards to nearby restaurants. Supporters purchased raffle tickets to enter, and the winners were announced live on Facebook a week before the game.

Russell and Major were then able to visit the Post and accepted a $1,000 check on PPH’s behalf.

The group has been asked by the Lodge to hold the raffle again next year, and Deb is hopeful that they will do it again.

The whole Paws for Purple Hearts team thanks all of the American Legion Riders chapters that have supported us in the past, the American Legion Post 3 of Newcastle, all of those who participated in the fundraiser, and Russell for continuing to support PPH’s mission and to spread the word about the positive impact of genuine service dogs like Major.

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