Remember Honor Support has been a partner and supporter of HEAVENDROPt since our beginning. In fact, the founders of RHS played an integral part in the early concept stages of HEAVENDROPt. John Stross, co-founder of RHS, invited our CEO, Sue Buchholtz, to tour MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. While visiting the parachute inspection area of the air force base, the concept for HEAVENDROPt was born. John was an important person in the vision of HEAVENDROPt and co-founder, Jo Ann Brower, continues to support our mission.
John Stross and Jo Brower warmly invited us to be a part of the inaugural Remember Honor Support Patriot Day Breakfast at the St Petersburg Coliseum in 2013. We designed our first product, our Cause Bracelet, specifically for this event and provided one to each attendee. We are proud and thankful that we were able to reach so many veterans, first responders and community leaders in our local community on our launch day, September 11, 2013.
Sadly John Stross passed away in 2014. We miss his guidance and support every day. Jo Brower continues to lead and grow the endeavor that they began together, Remember Honor Support, in tribute to John. The Patriot Day Breakfast quickly became the premier event in the Tampa Bay area honoring families impacted by the tragedies in our country on September 11th.
Each year local community and military leaders, police officers, fire fighters, emergency medical services and local residents join together to honor our nation’s first responders and pay tribute to the sacrifices made by first responders and their families.
HEAVENDROPt is privileged to continue to participate in such a meaningful annual Patriot Day event and play a small part in RHS plans and successes. At each Patriot Day Memorial Event, HEAVENDROPt, has an exhibit showing the unique products that we make from US military parachute material. Each purchase made supports jobs for people with disabilities, including veterans with disabilities. In addition, we continue to honor John Stross by donating 5% of sales from each Cause Bracelet sold. Nancy Giles, HEAVENDROPt Operations Director, also assists Jo Brower in the planning for each annual event.