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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212
Cell: (417) 365-2727
Email: vcoleman@cofo.edu

August 28, 2017

College of the Ozarks welcomes Memorial Ride to Patriots Park during The Home of the Brave Festival by The Kitchen, Inc.

Brave Festival Memorial Ride to Patriots ParkCollege of the Ozarks welcomes bike riders and community members participating in The Home of the Brave Festival Memorial Ride to Patriots Park, on Saturday, August 26, 2017. This community event benefits The Kitchen, Inc.’s Home at Last program. (Photo provided by College of the Ozarks.)

Bike riders and community members Bike riders and community members participating in The Home of the Brave Festival gathered around The Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial, located at College of the College of the Ozark’s Patriots Park, on Saturday, August 26, 2017, including a prayer service for their fellow Veterans. This community event benefits The Kitchen, Inc.’s Home at Last program. (Photo provided by Debbie Fox, a bike rider and participant.)

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozark welcomed bike riders and community members participating in The Home of the Brave Festival Memorial Ride to Patriots Park.

On Saturday, August 26, 2017, approximately 25 bike riders and community members, many of them Vietnam Veterans, traveled from Springfield, Missouri, to College of the Ozarks during a Memorial Ride for the event. 

The Kitchen is once again partnering with American Legion Post 639 to host the fourth annual Home of the Brave Festival to benefit the Home at Last program. Funds raised from the event are used to continue helping local homeless and at-risk Veterans along with their families get the resources they need and find places to call home.

The Kitchen’s mission is to prevent and end homelessness in the communities we serve by providing housing and stabilizing services with dignity and compassion.

At the College, the group visited Patriots Park to hold a prayer service at The Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

“The College was excited to welcome these bikers and community members, especially Veterans, to Patriots Parks, which includes The Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial,” said Valorie Coleman, public relations director. “The patriotic goal of the College is to encourage an understanding of American heritage, civic responsibilities, love of country, and willingness to defend it. This was a great opportunity for the College to show our gratefulness to our Veterans.”

About The Kitchen, Inc.

The Kitchen, Inc. fosters stability and purpose in the lives of individuals and families through dignity, compassion and accountability. Within our diverse community of connected services, we offer resources to meet immediate needs and a plan that actively engages progress toward a positive future.  Our clients experience the benefits of their own efforts.  And the stories of self-sufficiency and success are theirs and theirs alone. To learn more, visit www.thekitcheninc.org

For more information on The Kitchen, Inc., contact Community Development Manager Roz Palmer, at (417) 225-7415.

For more information on College of the Ozarks, contact Public Relations Director Valorie Coleman, at (417) 690-2212.

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including a No. Best Value Regional College in the Midwest ranking by U.S. News and World Report for 2017. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center—the College’s award-winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility—was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2017. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest work station on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at www.facebook.com/collegeoftheozarks or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.

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08.26.17 – Michael Galioto

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