The 2nd Annual Justin Pashley PTSD Awareness Event will be held Friday, November 4, 2016 at the Columbia Station in Phoenixville. Justin Pashley was a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard, serving his country since 2001 when he enlisted during his senior year of high school after seeing the devastating effects September 11th had on our country. He was an Infantry Scout and highly trained in combat. Justin completed tours in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. Unfortunately nothing could prepare him for what he experienced during his time in the military. He was suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and after struggling for many years, Justin, at the age of 31, lost his battle on May 15, 2014. We have realized the very few resources that are available for our service men and women suffering from PTSD. Justin loved to help people, it didn’t matter what the need was, if you needed help, he was there. He LOVED animals, especially dogs. He was blessed to have a long line of loyal companions, Jogger, Nicki, Toby, Chevy and Shelby before he passed and I know he’d be equally excited about this opportunity. I am honored to reveal that all proceeds from this event will be donated to Canine Partners for Life, located in Cochranville, PA!
For 26 years, Canine Partners for Life (CPL), a non-profit organization, has been dedicated to training service dogs, home companion dogs, residential companion dogs, and courthouse companion dogs to assist individuals who have a wide range of physical and cognitive disabilities. CPL is an accredited member of Assistance Dogs International and has placed more than 650 dogs in 45 states. Each dog is taken through a two-year, comprehensive and customized training program to meet the specific needs of its human partner. The total cost to raise, train, place, and provide lifetime support for each CPL dog is estimated to be in excess $30,000 per dog. I invite you to find out more about the life-changing work that canine partners are doing by visiting www.k94life.org.
Tickets for the event will be $40.00. Cash bar will be available. Robert Ryan Catering will be serving an amazing buffet dinner, starting off with a garden salad, followed by Entrées of grilled chicken breast with olive oil and fresh garlic and sliced imported Parma ham. Sliced top rounds of beef au jus with a creamy horseradish sauce. Asiago Cheese Ravioli with chunky basil marinara sauce and sides of smashed Red Bliss potatoes with sour cream and parmesan cheese and roasted garlic herb butter and toasted almond green beans.
Raffles, 50/50 and silent auction items will be up for grabs throughout the evening. CPL will have a strong presence on hand for the event, to answer any questions you may have and learn how you can get further involved in their mission to “Make the miracle of independence possible”. We will have seating for 220 people, however only 200 tickets are available for purchase. Cocktail hour will begin at 6:00, opening remarks will begin around 6:45 with dinner to follow.
For those that would like to contribute and cannot make it to the event, we also have a GoFundMe account set up: http://www.gofundme.com/22ck22h4
Last year we learned that no matter what, we will NEVER quit on those who NEVER quit on us! PTSD has taught us that us that everyone needs a friend, sometimes it’s a person and sometimes its man’s best friend. So now, we go to work, helping both, in Justin’s honor. #istandforjustin #neverquit
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Anyone can attend, must be 21 to drink. You will be carded.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
No outside food or beverages may be brought into Columbia Station.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes. If you do not have your ticket, you need to present photo ID.
What type of event is this?
This is a fundraiser, to raise awareness for PTSD, to support military veterans and to raise money for Canine Partners for Life.
If tickets cost $40.00 each, why am I charged $43.19?
Please note that Eventbrite charges $3.19, per ticket, for the convenience of using thier services.