Dennis I Blender's Fundraising Page
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Dennis I Blender's Fundraising Page
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The Veterans Yoga Project (VYP), a nonprofit educational and advocacy organization, is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of military veterans. VYP-trained instructors teach free yoga classes for veterans and their families. In response to Covid-19, VYP has been live streaming 3.5 hours of daily yoga and mindful resilience classes.

I have been honored to teach the VYP Mindful Resilience Yoga program in Southeastern Michigan. Every class reminds me of my uncle, Isaac (Ike) Blender, who volunteered to join the Marines in World War II. He was not physically wounded in the war but did return with the psychological effects of PTSD. Undiagnosed, he self-medicated with alcohol. His life was filled with torment and inner demons, which manifested in ugly ways. Whenever teaching to veterans, I think of the sacrifices he made, during and long after the war. 

I invite you to participate in Light-A-Candle, by making a dedication to honor those who have served. Your gift will go directly to support recovery and resilience among our veterans, families, and communities.

Thank you and namaste.

ABOUT Light a Candle 2020

As Memorial Day approaches, it is time to pause, take a breath and consider the true meaning of this holiday. Memorial Day is to remember those Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. We recognize their service which led to the freedoms that we all enjoy today.

The ritual of lighting a candle in remembrance of a life passed has long been a part of our culture.  Keeping a light burning acknowledges that the memory still lives on and burns bright in our hearts. It is a ritual that promotes reflection and signifies a perpetual remembrance.

We would like to invite you to participate in Light A Candle, by making a dedication to honor those who have served. This year we are partnering with to bring our community a unique experience of being able to light a virtual candle for their personal intention.

Your gift will go directly to support recovery and resilience among our veterans, families, and communities. These programs include more than 350 free Mindful Resilience yoga classes each month, 3.5 hours of live online practices each day during the COVID crisis, 200-hour yoga teacher training for veterans and active-duty, and our new online Mindful Resilience for Compassion Fatigue e-course.  

Thank you for honoring and/or praying for those you love, remember, or grieve through “Light-A-Candle."

Name Date Amount Comments
Robert Schostak 06/15/2020 $180.00  
Jerry Rubinowitz 05/22/2020 $37.38  
Anonymous Friend 05/14/2020 $37.77 what a worthy cause!
Mark Schostak 05/13/2020 $185.68 Mark & Lillian Schostak
Abbey Blender 05/13/2020 $26.06 So proud of all the work you're doing Dad!
Jeff Antaya 05/12/2020 $25.00  
The Marcus Family Foundation 05/12/2020 $100.00 Sounds like a great cause. Happy to support the good work.
Dennis Blender 05/11/2020 $154.79  
Kent Shoemaker 05/11/2020 $104.37  
John Bebes 05/11/2020 $100.00  
Rick Agree 05/11/2020 $100.00 You are doing a great job for a great cause Dennis
David and Elise Schostak 05/11/2020 $156.40 Great cause Dennis
Donald Osur 05/11/2020 $10.00 Great cause. Happy to contribute.
  Total $1,217.45  
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