SPEAK LIBERTY NOW, EDITOR
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FICTIONISTA WORKSHOP, COMMUNITY & OPERATIONS MANAGER
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RYAN'S PROJECT, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER
Ryan’s Project, begun in January 2011, was established by Doug and Bonnie Robinson in memory of their youngest son, Sgt. Ryan Robinson. The former Marine passed away on September 1st, 2008 as a result of injuries received in combat in Iraq in 2006. He was only 29 years old. Ryan was a hero in Iraq, and at home; his loss devastated both family and his friends.
The mission of our organization was to fulfill Ryan’s dream: assist wounded or disabled veterans of the Marine Corps to attend the annual birthday ball, a tradition rooted in camaraderie and brotherhood. The birthday ball is a tradition for Marines. Ryan is gone, but in his memory, we fulfilled his vision by sponsoring and coordinating the attendance of wounded North Texas Marines to Marine Corps birthday ball events every year.
With the help of local Marine Corps charities and active units, generous sponsors from private citizens to corporations such as Ad Valorem and Beverly Sue Global Solutions, the organization provided the admission fees, transportation, escorts and custom uniform tailoring for dozens of wounded Marines.
- KellerFest, Old Town Keller’s Crawfish Krawl Cajun Festival
- Official military charity sponsor of the 2011 HP Byron Nelson
- Featured military charity at the Southern Methodist University Armed Forces Bowl
- Recognized by the City of Keller for our efforts, honored with June 19 as officially celebrated “Ryan’s Project Day”.
- Special awards and certificate of thanks presented by Toys for Tots, Washington D.C. and Dallas/Fort Worth
- Officially recognized and commended by Texas Governor Rick Perry
- Officially commended by State Representative, Vicki Truitt
- 10 Marines attended USMC Marine Aircraft Group 41 birthday ball
- 20 Marines attended 14th Marine Regiment birthday ball
- 3 Marines attended Mansfield Area Marines birthday ball