Wear a hat or not, but please join us for a Chicken & Ribs BBQ to benefit The Arredondo Family Foundation. There will be guest speakers, music and raffle baskets.
Many people remember Carlos Arredondo as a much-phographed civilian first responder wearing a cowboy hat at the 2013 Boston Marathon who aided the man who lost two legs in the bombings, his now-friend Jeff Bauman. Both he and his wife Melida have been long time activists working to help military families and veterans. Early in 2015, they both along with the support of board members came together to start the Arredondo Family Foundation (AFF).
The Arredondo Family Foundation’s mission is to aid those experiencing a tragedy and to provide education on matters relating to military, veterans, military families, and the issue of suicide. More specifically, AFF provides emergency funds to military families who have experienced a suicide. More than 22 veterans, one servicemember and an unknown number of military family members are taking their lives daily. AFF aids in funeral costs. AFF also supports primarily siblings of the fallen and military siblings with grants to aid with educational costs including college. In 2015, AFF granted more than 12 scholarships.
Carlos Arredondo had one son killed in action in Iraq and then his youngest son took his life. The impact left on him and other family members as well as the other military families who have had similar experiences is real and never-ending. Both he and Melida also believe that targetted efforts for military siblings are essential since their needs are often overlooked.
Everyone at Diemand Farms, especially Annie Diemand, and Barbara Tiner have been long time friends with the Arredondos and are the primary sponsors for this special event.