For the sixth year in a row, Eva Casale will complete another meaningful journey. Using her talent to run long distances and capitalizing on her physical and mental focus to run a minimum of 26.2 miles each day, Casale will raise funds and awareness for a cause close to her heart – to honor our troops, our veterans, and our fallen heroes. “This special running tour of over 184 miles enables me to utilize my passion for running to bring Long Islanders together to support programs and services for veterans and to acknowledge and raise awareness for how much ‘every veteran is appreciated,’” explained Casale. “We are especially excited that our journey will conclude in time to kick off National Military Appreciation Month in May to further support the mission of honoring and acknowledging those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our country and to ensure that we never forget.”
From April 24-30, Casale will lead the team during what she calls the “Every Veteran Appreciated Week.” Each day’s marathon will be focused on honoring local servicemen killed in action and will be linked to communities they call home. At the end of the week, the team will have visited over 300 Points of Honor and will have laid over 300 flowers, wreaths, and flags in memory of our fallen heroes.
The event will begin with an opening ceremony hosted by Town of Huntington supervisor Ed Smyth. “Our veterans represent the best of what our country stands for and it is important to honor the sacrifices that they and their families have made in the name of freedom and democracy. The Town of Huntington enthusiastically supports Eva and her team as they begin this incredible, unique 184-mile journey to raise awareness, acknowledge and support our Long Island veterans and their families,” stated Smyth.
From Huntington, Team E.V.A. will continue their journey into Northport, LI National Cemetery, Eisenhower Park, Shelter Island, Sag Harbor, Calverton, Westhampton, Brookhaven, Patchogue, Medford, Long Island’s South Shore, Oyster Bay and Bayville. The journey will end in Casale’s hometown of Glen Cove with a special closing ceremony at the Glen Cove City Hall as Casale and her team cross the final finish line. “We are excited and honored to welcome Eva and her team back home to Glen Cove during the final miles of her journey,” explained Glen Cove City mayor Pamela D. Panzenbeck. “The passion and commitment which Team E.V.A. demonstrate as they support Long Island’s veterans is simply remarkable,” she continued.
Once this year’s journey concludes, Team E.V.A. will have completed over 1,104 miles during the past six years in support of their mission.
Support our veterans through Team E.V.A.
Eva Casale is inviting the community to join her during her Every Veteran Appreciated Week in one of the following ways:
Participate in part of the journey: For a $30 donation, you can join Team EVA for a 5K or up to an 8-mile run.
Join the team virtually: For the first time, you can join the team virtually from anywhere in the world you may be located for a $35 donation by simply running or walking a minimum of one mile each day during Every Veteran Appreciated Week .
Donate: Support Team Eva’s mission by donating any amount to the efforts.
Display your flag: Casale also encourages residents and businesses to proudly display American flags during the week.
To follow Casale on her journey, download the GLYMPSE app where Casale can be tracked each day using the hashtag #WheresEva. For more information, visit www.GoTeamEva.org.
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