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Kroger Honoring Our Heroes 5K benefits Easterseals Military & Veteran Services

Kroger employee Amanda Trent participated in the Honoring Our Heroes 5K in honor of her grandfather who served in the Korean War. Kroger employee Amanda Trent participated in the Honoring Our Heroes 5K in honor of her grandfather who served in the Korean War.

There have been a lot of firsts in 2020. Some of them good and some of them that have changed the course of history.

Easterseals Military & Veteran Services is counting one of these firsts at the top of their gratitude list. For the first time, Kroger’s Veterans ARG* has chosen Easterseals Military & Veteran Services as one of the beneficiaries of their Honoring Our Heroes 5K. It’s a prestigious group of veteran organizations that serve our nation’s heroes:


“We chose to support Easterseals because their mission to help veterans get back on their feet and get employed aligns with our initiatives to help veterans in any way we can,” said Navy veteran and Kroger VARG Recipient Rep Daniel Hamm.

Jim Grafe ran in the virtual Kroger Honoring Our Heroes 5K in honor of his father, who was a Navy ensign. Jim Grafe ran in the virtual Kroger Honoring Our Heroes 5K in honor of his father, who was a Navy ensign.

Since its beginning, the Kroger Honoring Our Heroes 5K has raised over $140,000 for veterans' associations. This year, despite having to “run” a virtual race because of COVID-19, the event raised over $40,000 with 297 participants.

“While this was below last year’s participation, the fundraising exceeded the projected revised goal due to the pandemic,” said Courtney Shanks, Kroger VARG co-chair. “While there are many races that support national veteran’s organizations, we believe our race is an awesome opportunity for our customers and associates  to  celebrate the service of Veterans who reside in the local Cincinnati and Dayton surrounding areas of Kroger’s general offices and stores.”

Jim DeCicco particpated in the Kroger Honoring Our Heroes 5K in New York City. Jim DeCicco particpated in the Kroger Honoring Our Heroes 5K in New York City.

Last year, the 5K had a record number of participants with 540. In 2021, the organizers are striving for 1,000 entrants with an onsite race and after-party celebration. Check out honoringourheroes5k.com to learn more about future details and announcement of the 2020 virtual winners! Participants received a generous ‘swag’ bag with a race shirt, pin, free Kroger coupons and more.

* Kroger’s Veteran ARG is comprised of Kroger Associates with military experience and those that wish to support veterans seeking to contribute to the improvement of the company and surrounding communities

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