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Stretch 4 Vets III to Support 11th Disabled Veteran Home Remodel



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One Thousand yogis including college students, active military and veterans expected on the San Diego based aircraft carrier to raise money for disabled veteran home remodel program 
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (October 17, 2016) – On Sunday, November 20, 2016, at 8:15am, nonprofit organization Embrace, and Corepower Yoga will host Stretch 4 Vets III to raise money for Embrace’s Healing Our Heroes’ Homes program which remodels the homes of disabled veteran home owners.  The fundraising event that utilizes yoga debuted on the USS Midway in November of 2015, before Stretch 4 Vets II took place at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington DC in July of this year.  Stretch 4 Vets I attracted 500 yogis and raised over $15,000. 
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Corepower Yoga for the 3rd time in one year to deliver what is quickly evolving into a premiere event in America’s Finest City on the U.S.S. Midway, one of America’s finest venues, said Embrace Founder, Sean Sheppard.   Yoga is a beautifully effective way to raise money so we can continue to heal the homes of our disabled veterans.”  
 Stretch 4 Vets I made its debut in San Diego in 2015
The event well be led by San Diego CorePower Yoga area leader Amy Opielowski, Area Manager Beth O’Reilly and local Corepower Yoga instructors Katie B and Sonny Bagsic, a U.S. Navy veteran himself.  In addition to yoga, the practice will once again be accompanied by local musician DTO, who will provide live music for the event. Proceeds will support the November, 2016 home remodel of Escondido resident Lt. Niani Wiggins, a disabled veteran of the U.S. Navy, as well as future remodels. 
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Fiscal sponsors for Stretch 4 Vets III are Mortgage Banker Griffin Funding and San Diego Realtor Pete Knows Real Estate.  Local businesses Snooze A.M. Eatery, Perfect Bar and Essentia Water will be in-kind product sponsors as will Starbucks Coffee. 
Stretch 4 Vets II occurred at the Navy Memorial in Washington DC, July 2016
For more on the upcoming home remodel of Navy veteran Lt. Niani Wiggins, please scroll to the press release below.

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Kappa Sigma Fraternity and The Veterans Support Foundation lead sponsorship team & volunteers for the home remodel of local disabled Navy veteran

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (October  17, 2016) – On Monday, November 7, 2016,  Embrace will begin its 11th home remodel for local 100% disabled veteran, Lieutenant (Navy), Niani Wiggins, as part of the Healing Our Heroes’ Home program. 
Niani Wiggins enlisted in the U.S. Navy in March, 1991 and served as an electronics technician.  Her deployments include Expeditionary Strike Group Five Middle East/Pacific, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Unified Assistance and Operation Northern Edge.  During her decorated service LT Wiggins went through extensive health hurdles including: losing her eyesight in her left eye, optic neuritis and stage 3 breast cancer.  She currently suffers from chronic pain, chronic fatigue, anxiety and depression. She retired and was honorably discharged from the Navy in June, 2014.
“Lt. Wiggins’ service to our country has been exemplary.  We are very happy to be able to assist her and her husband by making modifications to their property that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to complete at this point in time,” said Embrace Founder, Sean Sheppard.
U.S. Navy Veteran Lt. Niani Wiggins
Volunteer contractors, members of the community, college student volunteers, Kappa Sigma Fraternity members, Team Depot members and Jack In The Box Brand Ambassadors will converge upon the Wiggins home to replace the retaining wall around the property that was destroyed by rain early in the year. Greenfield Fencing will replace old fencing with new vinyl fencing.  Home Depot will replace back yard grass with turf to complete the remodel.  
Presenting sponsor for this project is Kappa Sigma Fraternity.   Community Partner sponsors are CorePower Yoga/Stretch 4 Vets, SDG&E, The Veterans Support Foundation, the Jack In The Box Foundation and the County of San Diego. In Kind sponsors are the Home Depot Foundation, Greenfield Fencing and Canales Demo.

All Embrace programs aim to create a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic service learning experience for college students, connect young adults to veteran community members in need, raise awareness of low income, disabled veterans and increase the value and efficient use of their homes.
About Embrace

Founded in 2000, Embrace uses community service to bring diverse groups of people together to bring about social wellness in our society. The organization focuses on the utilization of college students and recent graduates to develop their leadership qualities and remedy community problems such as health disparities and homelessness on a volunteer basis. Founder Sean Sheppard's ultimate goal is to bring about legislation that makes community service mandatory for all college students that attend state funded institutions of higher education.
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