By: Joanie Cox-Henry Contributing Writer
With an average of 20 veterans taking their own lives each day due to post traumatic stress disorder, the need for alternative treatments such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy is on the rise. The Help Our Wounded Foundation based in Delray Beach is hosting its Second Annual Pinball Wizard Night May 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Silverball Museum in Delray Beach.
One hundred percent of funds raised will be used to help the foundation further its mission of supporting people with traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress.
Tickets for the event range in price from $45-$85 with student tickets priced at $45, veteran tickets priced at $65 and $85 for all other event goers.
“The Help Our Wounded Foundation provides funding for hyperbaric oxygen therapy for those affected with neurological conditions,” said HOW Foundation Development Director Lisa Archer. “This type of treatment, which is so effective, is not covered by insurance companies.”
Archer is hoping the Pinball Wizard Night event will inspire the community to come out and enjoy a night of unlimited games, savory food and drinks and live music while supporting her organization. Boca Raton resident JD Danner, who has toured U.S. military bases performing music she penned for the troops will perform a blend of rock, Southern rock and blues covers and original music with her band.
“I’ve toured bases across America and overseas and I’ve seen firsthand how PTSD affects troops and their families and friends. We honestly have no idea how much they go through,” Danner said. “It’s extremely important to me to support what HOW Foundation is doing. I think what they’re doing is amazing and I’m honored to be a part of this event that is going to give back to those who have given so much to all of us.”
HOW Foundation was also recently selected as Impact 100 of Palm Beach County’s Award Finalist for the 2018-2019 grant cycle. “We are the first veterans project to be nominated so we are truly honored,” said How Foundation Executive Director Sarah Crane. “We are launching a new collaborative effort called Veteran 2.0. We’re tackling veteran wellness and we’ll be working with Trainerspace Foundation and Unified Dream to rejuvenate, restore and repair veterans’ minds, bodies and souls.”
Pinball Wizard Committee Member Kim Beckett is hoping more than 100 come out to support the event. “I am honored to be a part of this year’s fundraiser to support the incredible work that HOW Foundation is doing,” Beckett said. “It’s also a fun night to come out and play some ski ball and vintage pinball machines and have some delicious food and drinks.”
For more on HOW Foundation, visit howfoundationsf.org. To purchase tickets for the Pinball Wizard event, click https://www.facebook.com/events/424653598292541/.