8th Annual Original Energy Dinner

8th Annual Original Energy Dinner

It’s our pleasure to invite you to join us for the: Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund 8th Annual Dinner!

All donations (excluding ticketing fee) are tax deductible. 100% of the proceeds go to the LEAD THE WAY.

Thank you for your support!

Lead The Way Fund, Inc. is a non-profit organization established to raise funds in support of disabled U.S. Army Rangers and the families of Rangers who have died, have been injured or are currently serving in harm’s way around the world. Lead The Way Fund, Inc. will provide spouses and children of deceased, disabled or active duty Rangers with assistance for health and wellness programs and other services determined to be vital to the family’s well-being, beyond what the government can offer.

For any special accommodations or questions please feel free to contact us at info@originalenergy.com.

We look forward to seeing you there!
Original Energy, Milbrook Properties, Affiliated Adjustment Group & Wolinetz Management

Shootout for Soldiers 2018

Shootout for Soldiers 2018

 

A HUGE THANK YOU to Shootout for Soldiers for a great 2018 season!  The events, which took place in 11 cities across the country, raised  $827,057 in support of of four National Charities, including Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund, on behalf of our Nation’s Heroes.

The funds go such a long way in helping us continue our Mission to support the Rangers and families of the 75th Ranger Regiment and we could not be more grateful to all those involved.

#SFS Atlanta – $60,095
#SFS Raleigh – $35,820
#SFS Baltimore – $150,997
#SFS D.C. – $40,838
#SFS Philly – $106,333
#SFS Boston – $29,125
#SFS Long Island – $178,236
#SFS Ohio – $71,493
#SFS Canandaigua – $69,140
#SFS California – $47,710
#SFS Seattle – $37,270

Retired Master Sergeant Kevin Nelson Joins Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund Team

Retired Master Sergeant Kevin Nelson Joins Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund Team

 

Retired Master Sergeant Kevin Nelson Joins Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund Team

Army Ranger Lead The Way fund is excited to welcome Retired Master Sergeant Kevin Nelson to the team!  Kevin will serve as the Liaison to the 75th Ranger Regiment, working out of Columbus Georgia.  His duties are to ensure we align our resources to best assist wounded Rangers according to the Ranger Regiment’s needs, to facilitate participation in the Army Ranger Lead the Way Fund’s Collegiate Access Program, Ranger Resiliency Program, Chaplain Program, Family Readiness Program, and Gold Star Family Program.

“The military and leadership experience that Kevin brings to Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund is second to none,” stated Jim Regan, Chairman & CEO. “Kevin enjoys the confidence and trust to allow him to serve in a position that will only strengthen our Ranger Assistance Programs and further enhance the positive impact we can make on our Ranger families,” added Mr. Regan.

Kevin recently retired from the Army after 22 years of service to the 75th Ranger Regiment where he served in various leadership positions from Fire Team Leader to Rifle Platoon Sergeant.  He deployed to combat 11 times and was severely wounded in Iraq in 2006 but continued his post-injury service as a Battalion Ranger Dog Program Platoon Sergeant and Reconnaissance Platoon Sergeant. He also served in various staff positions at the Battalion and Regimental levels, where he oversaw operations and training, and developed materiel capability concepts, and secured resources to implement those concepts.

“When I was wounded, we had a five-month old son and my wife was an Army Officer easily working 60 hours a week, we needed a lot of help during my arduous 18 months of recovery.  There was so much support needed that was not provided by the government, and Rangers without nearby family members really struggled. Unfortunately, Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund did not exist at this time. Our Nation asks so much of our Rangers and their families, and during the most difficult times of their lives, the Army Ranger Lead the Way Fund provides resources the government cannot. Our wounded warriors need so much more assistance and I’m honored to continue serving the Rangers in this capacity.”

Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund, a 501c3 non-profit, is an active duty, casualty assistance, recovery, transition and Veterans organization that supports the men and families of the 75th Ranger Regiment with financial assistance, beyond what the government and Veterans Affairs can offer. The assistance offered by Lead The Way Fund is inspired by the courage and character of Sgt. James J. Regan, who was killed in Iraq in February 2007, while serving with honor with the 3D Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

SFC Christopher Celiz

Sgt. 1st Class Christopher A. Celiz, 32, was killed on July 12, 2018 while conducting combat operations in Paktiya province, Afghanistan. Celiz was wounded by enemy small arms fire; he was treated immediately and medically evacuated to the nearest medical treatment facility where he died of his wounds.

He was assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia.

A native of Summerville, South Carolina, Celiz was born January 12, 1986 in South Carolina, enlisted in the U.S. Army in September 2007. He completed Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training as a combat engineer at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

His first assignment was with Company E, 2nd Battalion, 7th Calvary Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas as a combat engineer and team leader. Following this assignment, Celiz was transferred to Company C, 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, also at Fort Hood, as a team leader.

A follow-on assignment was with the 530th Engineer Clearance Company, 92nd Engineer Battalion at Fort Stewart, Georgia, where he served as a Sapper squad leader and platoon sergeant.

In 2013, Celiz was selected to serve with the 75th Ranger Regiment as a combat engineer. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia where he served as the battalion master breacher and engineer. In March 2017, he was assigned to Company D where he served as the mortar platoon sergeant.

At the time of his death, Celiz was serving as the battalion mortar platoon sergeant and was in the process of reclassifying to the Infantry branch.

Celiz deployed from 2008 to 2009 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and from 2011 to 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was on his fifth deployment with 1st Bn., 75th Rgr. Rgt., when he was killed.

Celiz’s military education includes the Infantry Mortar Leader Course, Senior, Advanced and Basic Leader Courses, Jumpmaster Course, Sapper Leader Course, Ranger Assessment and Selection Program 2, Basic Airborne Course, U.S. Army Ranger Course, Route Reconnaissance Clearance Course-Sapper and the Combat Lifesaver Course.

His awards and decorations include the Ranger Tab, the Sapper Tab, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge and the Marksmanship Qualification Badge Expert-Rifle.

Celiz has also been awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, five Army Achievement Medals, two Meritorious Unit Citation Medals, three Afghanistan Campaign Medals with Campaign Star, two Iraq Campaign Medals with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and the NATO Medal. He is posthumously awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, and the Purple Heart.

As a Ranger, Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Celiz selflessly lived his life for others and distinguished himself as a member of the Army’s premier direction action raid force and fought valiantly as he served his fellow Rangers and our great Nation.

-Rangers Lead the Way!-