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After their successful inaugural event in 2019, the beloved Slack by the Sea .5K returned this year with participants “racing” around the promenade at Hopportunities, a beer garden in Delray Beach.
“We couldn’t have been more excited with the results of our second annual Slack by the Sea event,” said Shaun Hall, co-chairperson and co-creator of Slack by the Sea. “Not only did we raise more money than our inaugural event, but more importantly, we were able to allow the HOW Foundation to help more of our beloved veterans. It didn’t hurt that we got to have a ton of fun while doing that.”
Slack by the Sea .5K, which took place Nov. 21, raised $15,295 for the Help Our Wounded (HOW) Foundation, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities by advocating for and providing access to hyperbaric oxygen therapy as a means of treating brain injuries and abnormalities.
Monies were raised through sponsorships for different games around the quarter-mile track and the tickets were $50 and $65 for VIPs in addition to raffles.
“We had the pleasure of hosting the Slack by the Sea Team as they prepared for their 2021 event,” said Hopportunities owner John Macatangay. “After seeing their commitment and passion for the HOW Foundation, a nonprofit benefiting local veterans, I was truly humbled and honored to host such an amazing event. We are super grateful for the volunteers, sponsors, event coordinators and the attendees for making this year’s event a success.”
Palm Beach County alone has 6,480 veterans under the age of 60 and the Veterans Health Administration estimates 18% are suffering from post-traumatic stress and 22% are suffering from traumatic brain injuries.