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July 2015

Warrior Hike Founder and Executive Director of Sean Gobin Named 2015 CNN Hero


CNN recently released their list of 2015 CNN Heroes, one of whom is Sean Gobin, Founder and Executive Director of Warrior Hike. Sean's organization supports combat veterans transitioning from their military service by thru-hiking America's National Scenic Trails. CNN Heroes are selected because they represent the difference one person can make.

Orion is proud to have partnered with Warrior Hike last year for our Veteran Low to High Challenge, through which we raised more than $133,000 for our three partner veterans organizations, including Warrior Hike. We have joined with them again this year for the 2nd Annual Patriot Challenge 5K, which will be held in Cary, NC on September 26, 2015.

Click here to learn more about 2015 CNN Hero Sean Gobin and Warrior Hike.

December 15, 2014

Orion International Exceeds $100K Fundraising Goal for Veteran Partner Organizations

Veteran Low to High Challenge

Orion International's Veteran Low to High Challenge is coming to a close, with $108,665 raised through individual donations and corporate donations for our partner Veteran Organizations – Operation Military Embrace, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, and Warrior Hike.

In addition to the funds donated by Individual and Corporate Donors, we held a 5K Run / Walk Race in each of the cities in which we have an Orion office – Austin, TX; Cincinnati, OH; Raleigh, NC; Virginia Beach, VA; and San Diego, CA. In total, these 5Ks raised over $60K, with almost 1,000 runners participating!

Through the generosity of the donations, we were able to present a check of $25K to the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation at their annual gala, hosted in Riverside, CT last month. Read more about the gala's events here.

Children of Fallen Patriots Gala

The culminating event of the Veteran Low to High Challenge occurred in October 2014, when a team of Orion Employees, Veterans, Partners, and Corporate Sponsors hiked from the lowest point in Death Valley to the summit of Mount Whitney. Read the full week's events of the hike here.

Veteran Low To High Challenge

Orion International is proud to be able to give back to organizations that make a real difference in the lives of military members. We would like to extend a big THANK YOU to all our sponsors who made the Veteran Low to High Challenge possible. Your contributions have made a difference for Veterans and their families.

November 15, 2014

Orion International Attends Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation Gala


Orion International attended the 6th Annual Greenwich Event College for their Children, a Salute to America's Special Operations Forces Gala hosted by the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation in Riverside, CT on Saturday, November 15th.


Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation
Riverside, CT Gala

Jacob Centeno Healy

Jacob Centeno Healy, featured speaker and Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation scholarship recipient

The gala was hosted by Colonel (Ret) Jack Jacobs, Medal of Honor recipient, with a presentation of the Patriot Award by Fallen Patriots scholarship recipient Jacob Centeno Healy, who lost his father, Senior Chief SEAL Dan Healy, during Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan, which has since been told in the book and film Lone Survivor.

The recipient of this year's Patriot Award was Admiral William H. McRaven, Commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command. Admiral McRaven previously served from June 2008 to August 2011 as Commander, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), and from June 2006 to March 2008 as Commander, Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR). In addition to his duties as COMSOCEUR, he was designated as the first director of the NATO Special Operations Forces Coordination Centre (NSCC), where he was charged with enhancing the capabilities and inter-operability of all NATO Special Operations Forces.

The gala also featured dinner and a live auction, with $2,617,104 raised to help support fallen military members and their children through the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation.


Admiral William McRaven

Admiral William McRaven, recipient of the Patriot Award

Due to all of the generous donations made in support of the Veteran Low to High Challenge and its Partner Veteran Organizations, Orion International proudly presented a check for $25,000 to the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation during the gala.

Children of Fallen Patriots Gala

From left: Orion team members Jay Diller, Molly Moore, Kayla Burns, Children of Fallen Patriots scholarship recipient Jacob Centeno Healy, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation Executive Director John Coogan, Orion team members Meredith Guenther, Todd Phillips

Wes Greene and his sister, Jenna, along with their mother shared a table with Orion team members during the gala. They are the family of LTC David Greene, killed in action. Wes and his sister are both currently enrolled in college due to the assistance of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, and have attended the annual gala for the past four years.

Jay Diller (right), with Wes Greene

(left) Wes Greene, son of LTC David Greene, killed in action; Orion International Account Executive Jay Diller (right).

Orion International is proud to be able to give back to a foundation that makes a real difference in the lives of military families. If you would like to help others like Jacob, Wes, and Jenna, please donate here.

October 19, 2014

Congratulations to all the participants in the Veteran Low to High Challenge!


While the journey in Death Valley has ended, we continue in our efforts to raise funds and awareness for the Veteran charities we are sponsoring.

We have one last 5K in San Diego on November 8th, 2014, and will accept donations through December 15th. Donate or participate in the 5K in San Diego.

Team One Summits Mount Whitney 10/17/14!


Veteran Low To High Challenge

Veteran Low To High Challenge

Team Two Summits Mount Whitney 10/18/14!


Veteran Low To High Challenge

Veteran Low To High Challenge

October 14, 2014

Veteran Low to High Challenge Blog


Check out the Veteran Low to High Challenge blog for updates, pictures, and more from each day of the culminating event of the Veteran Low to High Challenge!

Veteran Low To High Challenge

The Veteran Low to High Challenge hike is happening October 10th-18th, when our team of Orion Employees, Veterans, Partners, and Corporate Sponsors hike from the lowest point in Death Valley to the summit of Mount Whitney.

It is our goal to raise $100K for Veterans for our partner organizations as we embark on the Low to High Challenge and gain national recognition for Veterans by completing this trek, which will take place over 7 days and cover 120+ miles with a 14,787 elevation change. View the full course map here.

We will be accepting donations through December 15, 2014. Donate to our Veterans.

October 12, 2014

The Veteran Low to High Challenge Hike is Officially Underway!


Veteran Low To High Challenge

Veteran Low To High Challenge

The Veteran Low to High Challenge hike has started! A group of Orion employees, Veterans, Partners, and Corporate Sponsors began the trek on October 10th and will hike through October 18th, starting in Death Valley (282 feet below sea level) to the summit of Mount Whitney (14,505 feet elevation). It will cover 120+ miles with a 14,787 elevation change. Good luck to everyone participating in the hike!

Check out our Facebook event page for pictures, updates, and more from the trail, and feel free to post a word of encouragement to our hikers as they undertake this feat and raise $100K+ for Veterans in 2014.

Orion Recruiter Todd Phillips on All Things Career with Kevin Kermes


Check out this clip from the All Things Career Google Hangout with Kevin Kermes and Orion Recruiter Todd Phillips on the Veteran Low to High Challenge and our partner Veteran organizations!

Todd will be participating in the Low to High Challenge Hike from Death Valley to Mount Whitney with a team of Orion employees, Veterans, Partners, and Corporate Sponsors.

Orion International Featured on Operation Military Embrace Blog


Operation Military Embrace

Operation Military Embrace, one of Orion's Partner Organizations for the Veteran Low to High Challenge, featured Orion's partnership on their blog. The post highlighted the goal to raise $100K+ for Veterans through our partnerships with Operation Military Embrace, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, and Warrior Hike, and the culminating hiking event.

Orion International Featured in Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation Blog

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation

Jacob Healy

The Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, one of Orion's Partner Organizations for the Veteran Low to High Challenge, featured Orion's partnership on their blog. The post highlighted the goal to raise $100K+ for Veterans through our partnerships with Operation Military Embrace, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, and Warrior Hike, and the culminating hiking event.

Jacob Healy, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation scholarship recipient, and now Program Administrator with the foundation, spoke at the Jacksonville Hiring Conference in May and will be participating in the hike in October in honor of his father, Senior Chief Navy SEAL Daniel Richard Healy. Read the full blog post here.

Local 5K Races in Support of the Low to High Challenge


It is our goal to raise $100K+ for our partner Veterans Organizations through the Veteran Low to High Challenge and through 5K Races in each of the cities in which we have an Orion office - Austin, TX; Cincinnati, OH; Raleigh, NC; Virginia Beach, VA; and San Diego, CA.

Here is the latest news on each of the races...


Go The Extra Mile For Vets 5K

September 6, 2014 - West Chester, OH

The 5K run/walk was a huge success, with $14,498 projected for our partner Veteran non-profit organizations and 209 runners! Once things are finalized, the office will likely hit 145% of their fundraising goal!

Todd Phillips And Jesse Bier

After the race, Orion Recruiter Todd Phillips had the honor to meet Jesse Bier, a USMC Combat Veteran who was suffering from PTSD and was helped by one of our Veteran non-profit charities, Warrior Hike. He attributes his ability to get his life back in order to his experience hiking the Appalachian Trail with Warrior Hike. He now works with an organization called Battle Buddies, helping to connect Veterans with PTSD with guide dogs. Jesse will be leading a hike for Warrior Hike next year. Jesse's story is a great, personal reminder of why Orion launched the Low to High Challenge to help Veterans through our partner non-profit Veteran organizations

A huge THANK YOU to the sponsors that contributed to the event, including TiER One, Mojo Running, Johnson Orthodontics, Dingle House, Whole Foods Market, acxiom, Siesta Key Posse, Towne Centre Square, R.E. Middleton Construction LLC, Eldridge Roofing, Union Center Merchants Association, YELTON Fine Jewelers, LYKINS Energy Solutions, and Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School!


5K Warrior Run at Lake Pflugerville, TX in Support of the Veteran Low To High Challenge

September 13, 2014 - Lake Pflugerville, TX

Even with bad weather and some surprise races the same weekend, the 5K raised $3,583.62 for our non-profit Veteran organizations, with 178 runners signed up for the race!

The Austin office and the rest of the Orion team would like to extend a big THANK YOU to the sponsors of the Veteran Low to High Challenge - 5K Warrior Run, including Freescale Semiconductor, McDermott, Bench Tree, Pok-e-Jo's, CLiF Kid, Alamo Drafthouse, Dunkin Donuts, Embassy Suites - Energy Corridor, H-E-B, Sir Speedy, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Texas, Boca, and Uncle Louie G's Italian Ices and Ice Cream.


Patriot Challenge 5K

September 20, 2014 - Cary, NC

The Raleigh office pulled off a fantastic event with lots of positive feedback from everyone involved! Many runners stated that they would come back next year! The office raised $16,303 (with a goal of $10,000) for our partner non-profit Veteran organizations. 268 runners were in attendance.

The office would like to recognize the sponsors that made this event possible - Grifols, L&E Research, Leith Volkswagen of Cary, Get Spiffy, GreenShoot Group, Omega Sports, Pepsi Bottling Ventures, Starbucks, 2 Cups Green Tea Hawaii, Armor Investment Advisors, Burt & Associates, Caribou Coffee, Computer Geeks, Diamonds Direct Crabee, Digitel Services, Dr. Ira Tucker, McGladrey LLP, Safe Ride Home, Debbie Leggett State Farm, Cary NC, and WingSwept!


Help Our Heroes 5K

September 20, 2014 - Virginia Beach, VA

The Virginia Beach office raised $6,485 for our partner Veteran organizations! 117 runners attended the event.

The Virginia Beach office and the rest of the Orion team would like to thank everyone who made this event a success, especially to the sponsors New Balance, ECPI University, Hybrid Training Center, Wawa, Military Produce, Dog Tag Brewing, Greystone, Archer & Greiner P.C., and Greenwich Kitchen Center!


Warrior Tribute 5K

November 8, 2014 - San Diego, CA

The Warrior Tribute 5K is quickly gaining momentum one month away from the race date. Four major sponsors as well as many partner organizations have committed. It should be a great event, starting with an appearance by the San Diego Padres' Swinging Friar and the Pad Squad, along with a special guest appearance by ex-NBA MVP Bill Walton.

After the race, there will be a post-race party celebrating the Marine Corps' 239th birthday.

There are currently 30 runners registered, with a recently gained commitment from the Navy Recruiting District - San Diego to participate in the race, which is expected to bring in between 50 to 100 runners!