While at a conference in Dallas, some leaders from the Giltner companies had the pleasure of meeting and getting to speak with Debbie Lee. Debbie is an author, public speaker, and political activist who created America’s Mighty Warriors, a non-profit corporation that honors our troops, the fallen, and their families with programs that improve quality of life.
Debbie started the organization in remembrance of her son, Marc Lee. He was United States Navy SEAL who was deployed in the Iraq War. As a part of SEAL Team 3, Marc was engaged in the Battle of Ramadi, particularly in South Central Ramadi one of the most dangerous insurgent-dominated spaces in the battle. On August 2nd, 2006, Marc was killed in combat, making him the first SEAL to lose their life in the Iraq War. He was awarded the Silver Star, Purple Heart, and Bronze Star with Valor for his heroic actions. Marc and his teammates from SEAL Team 3 are now the most decorated special ops unit since Vietnam.
Since Marc’s death, Debbie has dedicated her life through America’s Mighty Warriors to honor the troops and the families of the fallen. The organization’s advocacy includes doing random acts of kindness for troops and their families as was Marc’s request in his final letter. They are also dedicated to raising awareness and voicing the changes needed to be taken for service members who have suffered injustices. Lastly, America’s Mighty Warriors works close with veterans to improve their physical and mental health with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and hormone and vitamin therapy for those with Traumatic Brain Injuries, as well as providers of therapies for those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The members from the Giltner team were honored to meet such a courageous and dedicated woman as Debbie. She provides inspiration for all of us to do better in our lives and partake in random acts of kindness within our daily routines dedicated to Marc’s memory. It is with this light that America’s Mighty Warriors brings us that Giltner is proud to donate $5000 to their cause and put forth towards their advocacy.
Please visit America’s Mighty Warrior’s website at https://americasmightywarriors.org/ as well as their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/americasmightywarriors for more information on the organization.
Giltner is a proud sponsor of Tough Enough to Wear Pink - a nationally-recognized campaign and framework for rodeos and western events dedicated to helping the fight against breast cancer through spreading awareness and fundraising.
Tough Enough to Wear Pink was created by Terry Wheatly, who is a breast cancer survivor, with the help of Karl Stressman, former Director of Special Events for Wrangler and former Commissioner of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association. It all started when Terry was excited to go to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2004 to see her husband and son both compete. Terry recently had breast cancer surgery and found that, “[i]t seemed as if everyone I knew was affected”. With her grandmother, mother, daughter, and herself all having been impacted by breast cancer she wanted to “take action.”
Terry knew an early diagnosis was a vital aspect of successfully treating breast cancer so she wanted to raise awareness among women everywhere. The idea came to Terry to go against the grain of the typical rodeo culture and have the rugged competitors wear pink at the rodeo, but only if they were tough enough. Finding pink cowboy shirts were going to be a challenge, if not for the help of Karl who made it all happen. So finally, on the night of the rodeo, the arena was lit up with a sea of pink, and Terry’s message was heard loud and clear.
Fast forward to the present and the campaign is in its seventeenth year. Tough Enough to Wear Pink has fundraisers throughout the nation that raises awareness and donates money towards breast cancer charities such as the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (https://www.bcrf.org/).
Giltner participates in an Tough Enough to Wear Pink dinner fundraiser every October. Funds raised through raffle tickets, silent auctions, and dinner and drink tickets are all donated to the campaign.
Please visit Tough Enough to Wear Pink’s website at https://www.toughenoughtowearpink.com/ and their Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TETWP for more information.
Giltner's Adopt-A-Family Program 2021
Total Donations = $30,212