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BENEFITING: ABRI/Homes for the Brave


EVENT: Step Up For The Brave 2017

EVENT DATE: Sep 23, 2017

Mara Santilli


Vincent Santilli wrote -

Step Up for the Brave - Stadium Stair Climb is a unique, vertical challenge where participants are encouraged to conquer climbing a target number of stairs in honor of our brave military!  One time around the closed climb course is 1,000 stairs.  Participants have 1.5 hours to complete their individual climb goal.  Prizes will be awarded to top fundraising student team, non-student team & individual.


Bring your friends and family to cheer you on…there are fun on-field activities and games like Giant Jenga, Ring Toss, Cornhole and more for all to enjoy.  All ages welcome, 8 years and older to climb.    


Proceeds from the Stadium Stair Climb Challenge will support Homes for the Brave‘s mission to help homeless individuals – most of whom are Veterans – return to productive and meaningful lives.


The Ball Park at Harbor Yard - Home of the Bridgeport Bluefish
500 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604
Free parking is available in the back lot located behind the ballpark


Saturday, September 23, 2017
Registration: 8a
Climb: 9a-10:30a
Awards: 11a



Early Bird registration is $25 through August 4th

General registration is $35                

Student registration is $20 (Valid Student ID required upon check in)

Registration fee includes: light breakfast and event T-shirt
This event is rain or shine, No refunds.


There are several ways you can support our event:

Be a Team Captain: Start a team and recruit other climbers and virtual climbers to help raise funds in honor of your team’s climb.

Participate as a Climber: Challenge yourself to conquer a target number of stairs. One full lap around the climbing course is 1,000 stairs.

Participate as a Virtual Climber: Create a fundraising page or team to help support our important cause.

Be a Sponsor: Companies and individuals can sponsor the event or a flight of stairs in honor or memory of a personal hero or loved one. Please contact Kathy Beardsworth at for more information.


Homes for the Brave (HFTB) - 42 beds of transitional living for with 37 designated for male Veterans


Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes (FS:FH), housed at the PFC Nicholas A. Madaras Home - 15 beds of transitional living for homeless women with 10 designated for female veterans and 5 for overflow or their small children


Waldorf Supportive Housing -  9 units of permanent housing with case management for formerly homeless men with priority given to Veterans and those with histories of chronic homelessness


Quotes from some of our clients:

I was prepared to fight

I was prepared to be captured

I was prepared to be wounded

I was even prepared to die


I wasn’t prepared to be homeless, hungry & abandoned - HFTB client

“It has given me time to get my life back on track and to be productive in society”- Amos

"I have been able to stand up and take control over being homeless.”-A

“ABRI/Homes for the Brave is a good spring board for a successful recovery.” –Daniel


To This Fundraiser



The Team: $2,075 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Vincent Santilli

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John McGettigan

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Connie Lester

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15% Raised of$500 Goal

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Susan Basciano

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Tom Dorney

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Rocky Lester

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Mara Santilli

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Libby Clyons

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