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Giving Tuesday: Sacramento Edition

Community Service, First Responder Support Network, Front Street Animal Shelter, Giving Tuesday, River City Food Bank, Sacramento, Sacramento Steps Forward, The WorkShop, WEAVE

Happy #GivingTuesday, Sacramento! With Thanksgiving behind us, we’re now officially in the holiday season. We always want to keep our eye on what’s important, which is why we wanted to highlight some of our favorite charitable organizations in the Sacramento area—and, we’d love for you to share your favorite community service organizations with us, as well!

WEAVE, Inc.: WEAVE is the primary provider of crisis intervention services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Sacramento County.

Sacramento Steps Forward: Sacramento Steps Forward is a nonprofit organization committed to ending homelessness in our region through collaboration, innovation, and connecting people to services.

First Responder Support Network: The mission of the First Responder Support Network (FRSN) is to provide educational treatment programs to promote recovery from stress and critical incidents experienced by first responders and their families.

River City Food Bank: River City Food Bank’s mission is to alleviate hunger in Sacramento County by providing healthy emergency food and other assistance.

Have canned goods to donate? The WorkShop Sacramento is home to a River City Food Bank donation bin this season—stop by 3301 C St. #1000 with your non-perishables!

Front Street Animal Shelter: The Front Street Animal Shelter not only cares for lost and abandoned animals in our community, they also provide a variety of services that protect both citizens and animals.

Happy #GivingTuesday!

First Responder CrossFit Charity Event 2017 Recap

Community Service, Event Recap, First Responder Support Network, Sacramento

Photo Credit: CrossFit Centurion

The second annual Fight 4 Life fundraiser benefiting the nonprofit organization First Responder Support Network (FRSN) took place this past Saturday at CrossFit Centurion. Last year’s event raised a little over $19,000 and we were thrilled to see that this year’s event raised a record $22,582!

FRSN mission is to, “Provide first responders and their families the tools to reduce personal and family stress and to encourage appropriate career decisions and reduce the effects of traumatic incident stress on an individual’s life. The key components of FRSN are the 6-day residential treatment for first responders, also known as the West Coast Post-trauma Retreat (WCPR), and the 6-day program for significant others & spouses (SOS).”

Last year’s funds helped FRSN fix up their Napa location and open a much-needed new location in Arizona—we are excited to see how this year’s funds will be utilized!

Both athletes and non-athletes alike turned out for the event, which featured the famed Fight Gone Bad workout, as well as max bench press and max pull-up competitions. Kids were included in the fun with their own burpee competition.

It was a warm day—100+ degrees outside—but that didn’t deter attendees from showing up and enjoying the DJ, game truck, free beer, food, silent auction, raffle, and more. Local K9 units, ambulance services, other first responders dropped by to lend their support, as well.

According to CrossFit Centurion:

“All proceeds from donors, sales, auctions, and raffles go back to the First Responder Support Network to provide PTSD treatment and counseling for fire fighters, law enforcement, corrections, medics, dispatchers, and their families! We could not have done this without the support of our athletes, our sponsors, and those who believe in our cause!”

KAI Partners President David Kendall says, “We were thrilled to sponsor an event benefiting such a great cause. It’s so important to make sure our first responders and their families are provided the tools and resources they need to thrive.”

Thank you to everyone who attended, sponsored, supported, and volunteered at this year’s Fight 4 Life fundraiser!

Other event sponsors included: Goyette and Associates, Inc. (Paul Goyette and Charles Caraway), Joey Hand Racing, Van Vleck Ranch, Tommy Lane Painting and Construction, Russ Bair Construction, Folsom AVS, Newman Construction, California Sleep Solutions, Sacramento County Deputy Sheriff’s Association.

You’re Invited: First Responder CrossFit Charity Event

Community Service, First Responder Support Network, Sacramento

KAI Partners, Inc. is excited to once again sponsor the Fight 4 Life CrossFit charity event on June 24, 2017 at 10am at CrossFit Centurion. Last year’s event raised nearly $20,000 for the nonprofit organization First Responder Support Network (FRSN) and we look forward to breaking that record this year!

One hundred percent of the proceeds raised go directly to FRSN. In their words,

“Our goal is to provide first responders and their families the tools to reduce personal and family stress and to encourage appropriate career decisions and reduce the effects of traumatic incident stress on an individual’s life. The key components of FRSN are the 6-day residential treatment for first responders, also known as the West Coast Post-trauma Retreat (WCPR), and the 6-day program for significant others & spouses (SOS).”

Last year’s funds helped FRSN fix up their Napa location and open a much-needed new location in Arizona!

Want to get involved on behalf of the first responder in your life?

Click here to register as an athlete or to donate.

Not a CrossFitter? Not a problem! A video game truck, bounce house, silent auction, raffle, and more will be available for those who don’t want to participate in the WOD.

Want to learn more? We’ve got all the resources you need!

We look forward to working out with you on June 24th as we honor and raise money for our first responders!

Community Service Profile: First Responder Support Network

Community Service, First Responder Support Network, Sacramento

FRSN
Photo Credit: Brad Alexander

By Sarah Walsh

At the start of summer, KAI Partners, Inc. had the opportunity to team up with the First Responder Support Network (FRSN) for the first annual Fight 4 Life event at CrossFit Centurion in Rancho Cordova, California.

FRSN is a California-based non-profit 501.c.3 organization whose mission is to provide educational treatment programs to promote recovery from stress and critical incidents experienced by First Responders and their families. FRSN’s mission is primarily accomplished through the West Coast Posttrauma Retreat (WCPR) and the Significant Others and Spouse (SOS) programs, both of which are 6-day residential treatment programs.

We caught up with FRSN Board of Directions President and Volunteer Lead Clinician Stephanie Cress to share what FRSN is all about.

It was in 1999 that the first iteration of FRSN came be, as a group of clinicians, chaplains, and first responder peers got together to address the need for a west coast-based program to help law enforcement officers suffering from posttraumatic stress.

This group developed the West Coast Posttrauma Retreat (WCPR). The first “retreat” was held in 2001. According to Ms. Cress, after the first retreat, “It became apparent that the significant others and spouses of the treated first responders had also been significantly affected by the experiences of their significant others and spouses.” Seeking to fill this need, Significant Others and Spouses (SOS) was created.

Soon after, the organization changed its name to encompass both WCPR and SOS. The umbrella non-profit organization is now what we know today as the First Responder Support Network. Along with Fire, Police, and Sheriff clients, other FRSN clients include EMS paramedics, Emergency Room and Flight Registered Nurses, and the California Department of Corrections.

While based in Northern California, FRSN treats first responders and significant others and spouses from around the country. Law enforcement officers, fire fighters, and paramedics from Canada, Puerto Rico, and England have also attended WCPR.

Approximately 70% of funds raised return directly to FRSN to help them achieve their core work. The nearly $19,000 raised at the Fight 4 Life event will help those first responders who need financial assistance to attend WRCR. And, as Ms. Cress says, “There is a saying that ‘an Army marches on its stomach’ and this is true of WRCR.” As a result, the donations from Fight 4 Life will also help the group continue their much-needed kitchen improvements, as well as address other capital expenses.

KAI Partners, Inc. is proud to partner with an organization that helps first responders—the men and women who put their lives on the line every day to ensure our safety—as well as their families, who also bear a huge burden. Special thanks to our fellow Fight 4 Life event sponsors, including: Paul Goyette & Associates, Primal Quest Expedition, Public Safety Survivor Benefits, Joey Hand Racing Team, PB Electric, Inc., Tommy Lane Painting & Construction, Van Vleck Ranch, Qalo, Fit Aid, Progenex, Xendurance, Gatorz, BlenderBottle, Project X, Max Nutrition Citrus Heights, Total Nutrition (Sacramento), The Vitamin Shoppe (Folsom), Living OneLove, Trader Joe’s (Fair Oaks), Sacramento County Deputy Sheriff’s Association (DSA), California Academy of Baseball, Greg Padilla Bail Bonds, Felipe’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Stealth Gear USA, Hair by Amber Phillips, Michael Torres Photography, Massage by Michelle Galuszka, Barbara Gardner, Home Depot (Folsom), Sports Authority (Folsom; now Dick’s Sporting Goods), Folsom City Ink, The Moose Lodge of Rancho Cordova, Tammy Baarts, The Bowman Family, Franklin Templeton, Caitlin Snow, Shawna Biava, and iFit Golf. More photos of the event can be found here.

If you’d like to get involved with the First Responder Support Network, or if you know someone who could benefit from one of their programs, visit www.frsn.org.

Fight4Life Success!

Community Service, Event Recap, First Responder Support Network, Sacramento

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By Melissa McManus

If you were able to make it out to Crossfit Centurion in Rancho Cordova on May 30th, you saw Fight4Life had a great turnout. This first annual event drew in a large crowd of people. The event had over 130 competitors, multiple vendors–metro fire, Sacramento County SWAT, and K-9–as well as multiple sponsors. The event raised almost $19,000 for the First Responder Support Network (FRSN)–amazing!

To provide a small taste of what each competitor signed up for in support of FRSN, here are some information about how the day’s activities transpired. The competitors participated in one of five heats at the event in a workout called Fight Gone Bad (you will understand the name as you read on). There were five movements associated with the workout, including:

  1. Wall balls
  2. Kettle bell swings
  3. Push press
  4. Rowing for calories
  5. Box jumps

Each competitor had one minute at each station to complete as many reps as possible of each movement. Once they got through all five stations/movements, they had a three-minute rest and then they did it all over again. They did this for three rounds. Multiple competitors–both men and women–scored over 300 reps. It was an amazing showing of strength, endurance, and determination.

The day was filled with hard work, fun, and camaraderie as competitors cheered one another on. Thank you to everyone who made this event possible, to all of the volunteers who came and assisted with making sure the event went smoothly, to the competitors who literally sweat for this cause, to the vendors who donated their time and products, and to the sponsors who donated their time and resources. You are all greatly appreciated.

About the Author: Melissa McManus has five years of research experience as well as over a decade of experience working in the educational sector spanning from TK through Adult education. Melissa has a Masters in counseling, received from California State University, Fresno and a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership with a focus in Human Resource Development. Melissa’s professional interests include human behavior, research, writing, coaching, training, and knowledge transfer. On a more personal note, Melissa is involved in community service efforts including serving as chair of her children’s school site council, volunteering her time as an art docent, and serving in the library of her local church. In her free time when she is not running her kids to gymnastics or karate, Melissa enjoys reading (a lot), wine tasting, Crossfit, being with friends/family, and spending time with her husband and two children.

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