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is to support our local heroes and their families through corporate sponsorships, individual donations and RHS fundraisers — including our annual 9/11 Patriot Day Memorial Event and our two annual RIDE4RHS Benefit Rides.
is to remember 9/11, the tragedy and casualties, the ensuing conflicts and the ongoing triumph over terrorism. The importance of educating our youth about this chapter of American history and instilling patriotism and a love of community service cannot be overstated and is inclusive of our purpose.
Patriotism, Compassion, Empathy, Integrity, Transparency, Advocacy, Awareness and Education
Who We Are
Going into our tenth year of service to the Tampa Bay region, RHS continues through your generosity to support our local first responders, military, veterans, wounded warriors, and families of the fallen. Up to date, over half a million dollars in proceeds has been generated for our recipients. Each year, RHS can be trusted to select and spotlight deserving beneficiaries and bring their worthiness to your attention.
Going forward at RHS, as always, from the heart, we will support throughout the year the work of local non-profits founded and led by our own local heroes, serving those who are much in need. Our amazing warriors and their families were there for us and we must be there for them. Our wounded warriors and first responders deserve our financial and emotional support, as we share the love throughout our community, faithfully remembering those who sacrificed so much. It is our heartfelt and patriotic pleasure to honor them.
Board of Directors
FOUNDER | PRESIDENT
VICE CHAIR | INTERIM TREASURER
KATHRYN J. COPELAND
COL. JOHN ALVAREZ, USAF, AFSOC (RET.)
ASST. CHIEF MIKE KOVACSEV, SPPD
CHIEF JAMES LARGE, SPFR
GREGORY M. MARTIN, COLONEL, US ARMY (RET.)
RHS supports local heroes and their families throughout the year, as needs arise.
RHS would like to introduce our new initiative “Breaking Barriers” which will provide financial aid for our First Responder community and their families. These monies will support mental health behaviors such as PTSD, TBIs, and suicide prevention by providing mental health support, rehabilitation and therapeutic equipment, accessible housing, and retreats. We support organizations such as Operation Restore.
Our plan is to also support youth education programs by having them participate in our events — with the goal of informing the next generation of the need to remember, honor and support our nation’s heroes, and to understand the significance of 9/11.
RHS Community Outreach marks the expansion of our mission. Since our Inaugural Patriot Day Memorial Event in 2012, we have raised over half a million in proceeds. As we raise funds throughout the year, RHS aims to provide financial assistance to meet the on-going needs of local charities and programs that align with our mission.
In addition to our 9/11 Memorial Event, we now host two annual RIDE4RHS Heroes Bicycle Benefit Rides: Memorial Day Monday and Veterans Day weekend. If you would like to organize a FUNdRAISING event to support our mission, please reach out to us!
Donations from individuals, corporations and organizations will be gratefully received at any point during the year, according to your giving schedule.
Thank you for your support!
Sponsors Past & Present
IN 2012, WITH THE IDEA IN MIND OF DEVELOPING AN ONGOING ANNUAL MEMORIAL EVENT ON 9-11 OF EVERY YEAR, JO BROWER AND JOHN STROSS, AS THE DRIVING FORCES, ORGANIZED A BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND GAVE BIRTH TO REMEMBER HONOR SUPPORT, INC. TO DATE, RHS HAS RAISED NEARLY $500,000 IN PROCEEDS FOR THE SPECIAL OPERATIONS WARRIOR FOUNDATION, PAWS FOR PATRIOTS AND THE GOLD SHIELD FOUNDATION.
Brower has considerable experience in community, marketing and sales, while Stross, co-owner of Leverock’s Seafood, chaired the very successful CASA Peace Breakfast for 13 years. Brower and Stross reached out to their network of community and military leaders to determine if there were others in the community who shared their passion for this kind of event. The answer was a resounding yes. For several months they have put together a most impressive list of community and military leaders to help share the load.
John Stross passed away on May 24, 2014 following a brief battle with leukemia. A devoted philanthropist, John leaves a tremendous legacy in the growing accomplishments of Remember, Honor, Support. Jo Brower continues the great endeavors that they began together along with their committed board members. TBO recently featured an article highlighting the dedication of the RHS VP, sponsors and board members, following the loss of John Stross.
An accomplished and dedicated board of directors work with Brower to continue their vision for Remember, Honor, Support.
Remember Honor Support, Inc. (RHS) presents a powerful and moving 911 Memorial event year upon year. Our goals are to reach out to our local American heroes–be they service members, 911 first responders, firefighters, public safety workers, or families of the fallen–and to raise financial support for organizations that serve them. As each year continues, we work to educate and remind each new generation about the never-ending needs of our uniformed men and women returning home.
We are honored to share with you the City of St. Petersburg Proclamation for 9/11 First Responder Appreciation Week, presented by Mayor Rick Kriseman at the 15th anniversary Patriot’s Day Memorial Dinner on September 11th, 2016. It was a proud moment for us to hear an official expression of our community’s appreciation for first responders and their families, as they work to keep us all safe. Thank you to each and every first responder for your service.