We invite you to become a Sponsor or Affiliate Member for the Gainesville Fisher House Foundation and join our family. What's the difference between Sponsoring an event or becoming an Affiliate Member? Read on for more information and get involved today.
Becoming a Sponsor
As a contributor to any of our fundraising events, you will be helping us support the much-needed North Florida/South Georgia Fisher House and helping our heroes at a time when they need it most.
Our major fundraising events are the Veterans Day 5K and our upcoming Fourth Annual Charity Golf Classic. Click here for Sponsorship Form. More information below.
Veterans Day 5K
Last Veterans Day, over 800 participants registered for our first 5K event and remembered the heroes that fought for our freedoms by running, walking or rolling in their memory. It was a time to honor all of those who have sacrificed for something bigger than themselves: the safety and freedom of America.
The course began at the UF Commuter Lot on Gale Lemerand Drive on University of Florida campus. It is a flat and scenic course that winds around UF campus and Lake Alice, with a downhill finish.
We offered special awards for 1st Place Male and Female, Masters, Wheelchair Athlete and Hand-Cycle Divisions. Commemorative Dog Tags were given to each child, 13 years old and under, that participated.
Past sponsors for our event: Enterprise Car Rental, Team VA, Agricultural Economics Club UF, TCS Entertainment Inc., Gainesville Health and Fitness, Forest Meadow Funeral Homes and Cemeteries, GO ARMY, WJCB TV 20, Capital City Bank, Wounded Warrior Project and Gainesville Sports Commission. Food was also provided by Dominoes Pizza, Tasty Buddha, Bonefish Grille and McAllisters Deli.
Joining our Affiliates Program
The Affiliates Program is a fun and rewarding way for representatives and leaders of local businesses and organizations to give back to the community.
Affiliates attend two meetings per year where they socialize and network with other local business members. They are asked to promote and discuss the Fisher House's mission by acting as a liaison between our foundation and his or her personal business or organization.
The Foundation's Affiliates Program allows us to forge a relationship with the community. The program consists of successful leaders who bring compassion and enthusiasm to our endeavor. These members have strong ties to our community and a passion for success and service that is an asset to the construction of the Fisher House, beginning in the Fall/Winter of 2012.
With their help, we expect to provide up to 10,000 guest nights per year for veterans, military members and their families, along with communal meals served at the house for up to 60 nights out of the year. The Fisher House will also allow access to a communal kitchen, laundry facilities, living area, study area, outdoor therapy garden and playground areas.
The Affiliates Program will assist us in coordinating with local churches, social and fraternal organizations within the community, University of Florida affiliated organizations and major employers in the community, in order to provide the Fisher House with these benefits.