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Nine Line Foundation runs for worthy cause

  • Sgt Eric Morante is the most recent recipient of funds from the Nine Line Foundation to build a handicap-accessible home. (Provided photo)
  • A runner salutes the camera during last year’s Run for the Wounded event. (Photo courtesy Nine Line Apparel)
  • Participants pass the finish line during last year’s Run for the Wounded. (Photo courtesy Nine Line Apparel)
 

Nine Line Foundation runs for worthy cause

15 May 2017

 

 

Sgt. Eric Morante doesn’t regret a thing. In fact, given the chance, he’d do it all over again.

Morante was deployed in Iraq 10 years ago when a suicide bomber changed his life’s trajectory. When he woke from the blast, his right leg was already amputated.

But his service was not in vain, he said, and it hasn’t stopped him from living a productive life or helping others do the same. At this moment, however, it’s time for Morante to get some help.

For the past four years, Nine Line Foundation has hosted the annual Run for the Wounded. Nine Line Apparel covers all associated costs, so every cent raised by this and other foundation events goes directly to one severely wounded veteran at a time, to drastically improve his or her life.

Last year’s event brought in more than $50,000 for recipient Sgt. First Class Aaron Causey, who served in both the Air Force and the Army. Construction is currently being completed at the Causeys’ now handicap-accessible home in Alabama. And the foundation hopes to do the same for Morante with this year’s event.

This evening run takes participants through beautiful historic Savannah, ending inside Grayson Stadium at home plate, where a variety of vendors will be set up with various goods to purchase, incredible raffle items and live music by local musicians. Partnering with the Savannah Bananas and Service Brewing Co., Nine Line has high hopes of this year being the best event yet.

“This is our longest running event to benefit the foundation,” said Ashli Clubine, director of marketing for Nine Line Apparel and secretary for the Nine Line Foundation.“All year long, a percentage of sales from Nine Line Apparel go to the foundation, but this event by far has the most reach. Year after year we are overwhelmed by the community support, in both attendance and funds raised.”

And Morante is a worthy recipient. After the bombing, the veteran found strength through boxing (he hopes to make Paralympic boxing a recognized Olympic sport in 2020), and continues to raise morale by caring for his platoon members. Having a home to suit his handicap will only make his dedication to the community more accessible.

That’s what this event is all about — the community, said Clubine.

“It’s not just a race; it’s an event bringing together like-minded organizations and people. We are all working to better support the military community.”

IF YOU GO

What: Fourth annual Run for the Wounded

When: 6 p.m. May 20

Where: Grayson Stadium, 1401 E. Victory Drive

Cost: 10K run/walk, $40; 5K run/walk, $35; spectators free

Info: runsignup.com, ninelinefoundation.org

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