SOURCE: Boulder Crest for Military & Veteran Wellness

Boulder Crest for Military & Veteran Wellness

May 15, 2014 14:17 ET

Hoedown for Heroes Event on Saturday, May 31, 2014 to Benefit Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness in Bluemont, Va.

First "Hoedown for Healing Heroes" Event to Be Held at the New 37-Acre Rural Retreat in Loudoun County, Va. for Wounded Military, Veterans and Their Families

BLUEMONT, VA--(Marketwired - May 15, 2014) - Live bluegrass music, dancing and barbecue are among the bevy of festivities that will be part of the first Boulder Crest Retreat Hoedown to support Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness, the nation's first rural retreat for wounded U.S. military personnel, veterans and their families. The hoedown will take place on Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. at the retreat located at 18370 Bluemont Village Lane, Bluemont, Va., 20135.

"Boulder Crest Retreat is a very special place right here in our community that provides essential support to help our nation's wounded military and their families heal and reconnect," said Mackie Christenson, a Leesburg resident and co-chairperson for the Boulder Crest Retreat Hoedown. "This downhome country event is a great way for the community to support Boulder Crest Retreat and see the beautiful retreat firsthand."

The country hoedown is being organized by residents from Leesburg's River Creek community and other Northern Virginia community members. The event will feature a New Orleans-style barbecue, entertainment and an assortment of activities including live music by Virginia bluegrass band Amanda Murphy and the Lost Indians, dancing, a pie-baking contest, wagon rides, retreat tours and a silent auction. The Honorable Blanquita Walsh Cullum, a distinguished journalist with more than 30 years in radio, television, print and online media, who has emceed more than 2000 events, will serve as the evening's master of ceremonies.

This fundraising event will benefit Boulder Crest Retreat, a 37-acre rural retreat that opened in September 2013. The retreat provides free accommodations and recreational and therapeutic activities and programs to help wounded military service members, veterans and their families reconnect and recover. The country sanctuary offers guests private, ADA-accessible accommodations and opportunities to relax, recover and spend time together in a peaceful, natural setting while enjoying activities such as hiking, fishing, archery, yoga and meditation. The facility also hosts nonprofit group retreats and life skills programs and workshops.

"We are truly grateful for the many contributions and dedication from so many in the surrounding community to support Boulder Crest Retreat," said Jenn Marino, executive director of Boulder Crest Retreat. "Our thanks to the hoedown organizers, volunteers and event sponsors for their tireless efforts -- and we look forward to a festive evening."

Individual tickets for the hoedown event are $100 each and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information and to purchase tickets, please go to http://bit.ly/1hUBuvh. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Paula Nigro or Mackie Christenson at pardners@hoedownforhealingheroes.org.

Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that is entirely funded through private donations by individuals and organizations from around the country. For more information about Boulder Crest Retreat, please visit www.bouldercrestretreat.org.

ABOUT BOULDER CREST RETREAT

Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness is a rural sanctuary that provides free accommodations, recreational and therapeutic activities and programs to help our nation's military and veteran personnel and their families recover and reconnect during their long journey of healing from physical and invisible wounds of war. The 37-acre retreat is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Bluemont, Virginia, just 50 miles west of Washington, D.C. The retreat is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is entirely funded through private donations from individuals, foundations and corporations. For more information about Boulder Crest Retreat please visit http://www.bouldercrestretreat.org.

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