Members of the 82nd Airborne Association join with The Center for Discovery staff at the summit of Slide Mountain - the tallest peak in the Catskills.
Four-Day Event made Possible by Vera and Walter J. Scherr Foundation
HARRIS - The Center for Discovery, in partnership with the 82nd Airborne Association - an independent non-profit dedicated to supporting members of the 82nd Airborne - hosted 20 service- men and women for the first ever ‘All American Adventure' recently. The inaugural event, inspired by The Center's world-renowned model for health and wellness, was developed to help support and honor men and women who have recently returned home from service after nine-month deployments in Afghanistan and Kosovo.
The ‘All American Adventure' program idea was initially developed through a request of the 82nd Airborne Division Association to pursue areas to assist the 82nd Airborne Division with the reintegration process of recently redeployed Troopers of the Division. The outstanding support provided by the Division's Leadership, and their care for the welfare of their soldiers, allowed for The Center for Discovery and the 82nd Airborne Division Association to make this program a success. The ‘All American Adventure' program was made possible by a generous gift from the Vera and Walter J. Scherr Foundation.
Through decades of philanthropy and the publication of his award-winning autobiography, “Walter's Way”, Walter J. Scherr has made it his life's mission to commemorate the heroic service of individuals who have served in the armed forces of the United States. Mr. Scherr has continued his work honoring soldiers and caretakers by working with the 82nd Airborne Association to support its troops. "We feel incredibly honored to have spent time with these young servicemen and women who have made enormous sacrifices for our country. They have each built a special bond with all of us here - our staff, our residents, and I - and we look forward to welcoming them back with open arms. They are selfless, dedicated, and courageous individuals and we are proud to know them," said Patrick H. Dollard, President & CEO of The Center for Discovery.
Throughout the four-day event, individuals participated in exciting athletic and outdoor adventure type experiences, among other activities at The Center, including: a boot camp class, a bike tour of The Center's campus with opportunities for interaction with Center residents, guided meditation, yoga, campfires, farm-fresh meals, and more.
An additional portion of the event was held at Frost Valley YMCA, which included fly fishing, a hike up Slide Mountain, and an activity on their Y climbing tower and zip line.