On Saturday, September 22, 2012, Jordan's Initiative held the LCpl Jordan Haerter
Memorial Fishing Tournament at the Sag Harbor Wharf.
80 fishermen registered for the tournament to catch stripped bass and bluefish and any unwanted fish was donated to the food pantry in Sag Harbor. On the wharf The Who Dat Loungers
performed, guests entered a chance to win at the Chinese raffle which included prizes from lots of local venues, and enjoyed food from Peter Ambrose
Events catered food.
Jordan's Initiative was started by Chris Haerter to honor his son LCpl Jordan C. Haerter, USMC, a Sag Harbor resident who died at the age of 19 saving the lives of 33 Marines, over 20 Iraqi Police and countless innocent civilians.
He thought it is appropriate the tournament was held at the wharf where Jordan used to fish and the bridge in Sag Harbor was renamed "The Lance Corporal Jordan C. Haerter Veterans Memorial Bridge" after Jordan.
He wanted to honor the courage, sacrifice and courage of his son and raise money for other charitable foundations and organizations, which help military personal and families. This year's memorial fishing tournament benefited Patient AirLift Services (www.palservices.org
). They arrange free air transportation based on need to individuals requiring medical care and for other humanitarian purposes. They use their own aircraft's and the pilots donate their time. The organization has flown people in for Jordan's Initiative events and Chris felt it was time to give back to them.
Another organization which the memorial fishing tournament benefited was Building Homes For Heroes (www.palservices.org
) which build homes for families of severely wounded and disabled veterans. In March they finished a house for USMC Captain James Byler in Huntington.
Jordan's Initiative, is involved with many opportunities throughout the year to aid military personal and their families. They present a community spirit award to students from Pierson High School. They also have an annual garden project which is usually for a Sag Harbor veteran. Jordan's Initiative does a complete yard and garden makeover and the yard is maintained by a professional landscaper for the year. This project is special for Chris, saying "You can go into the guys property and it may be a complete mess, but by the end of the day it is completely transformed".
Hanging from the side of the tent on the wharf was banners to honor local heroes who have passed away and many of the parents came to support Jordan Initiative. The families support each other families, otherwise the families never would have known each other but there is a common bond. Chris said, "It is not an easy thing but if you are able to offer support in a shared situation to then you do".
For Chris opportunities like the tournament let him keep Jordan's name alive and give back to the community.
For more information on Jordan's Initiative visit: www.jordansinitiative.com
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