Storytellers: the Honor Bell tolls for the fallen and its founder

Storytellers: the Honor Bell tolls for the fallen and its founder

9News’ Noel Brennan shares the story of the Honor Bell and its impact on veterans, vets’ families, and what it meant to the Honor Bell Foundation’s co-founder, Lou Olivera. Brennan’s story also addresses the crisis of PTS and of veteran suicide, a year after Olivera’s death. Watch the story here.

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Steve Best, National Cemetery Administration's Continental District Director, Retires

Steve Best, National Cemetery Administration's Continental District Director, Retires

Very early in the process of creating the Honor Bell, it was imperative to have the  support of the National Cemetery Administration and Fort Logan National Cemetery. We met Major General (ret) Steve Best in 2015 and he has been an enthusiastic champion of our mission ever since. Steve recently retired, and we congratulate him on a distinguished career!

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Michelle Mallin Retires

It is a sad day for the foundation as I announce Michelle Mallin’s resignation to focus on her health. Unbeknownst to but a few folks, Michelle was diagnosed with a rare cancer in May 2015, the day before we headed across the country to cast the Honor Bell. Michelle has been instrumental in the success of each phase of the Honor Bell. As a critical member of a dynamic team, Michelle set the standard time and again. Her efforts have truly sent the foundation on our road to success. To say she will be missed is the understatement of all time. Read more here.

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Veterans Appreciation Party Wrap-up

We had a great time at the Fat Jack's Annual Veterans Appreciation Party on the 14th! Thanks to Kyle Fabra, who puts on this special event every year, VFW Post #1 for hosting, all the wonderful volunteers who made it happen, and the great bands, brewers, and purveyors of pork who gave us all something to enjoy. The event raised over $4,000 for the Honor Bell Foundation.

The Daniels Fund and the Honor Bell Foundation mark a milestone with a Big Check

Daniels Fund President and CEO Linda Childears and Foundation Executive Director Lou Olivera

Daniels Fund President and CEO Linda Childears and Foundation Executive Director Lou Olivera

Earlier this month, President and CEO of the Daniels Fund, Linda Childears, and the Honor Bell Foundation staff gathered in front of Bill Daniels’ military memorabilia to mark a milestone for the Honor Bell Foundation. Ms. Childears presented a check to Honor Bell Foundation Executive Director Louis Olivera, symbolizing the grant the Foundation received earlier in the year from the Daniels Fund. The Daniels Fund grant was a first for the Foundation and has served to shift the group’s activities into high gear. 

"The support we have received from the Daniels Fund has been incredible,” said Mr. Olivera. “Not only have they invested in the Foundation’s mission with their generous grant, they have helped to catalyze our other fundraising efforts, and stand as a challenge to other grantors we are soliciting. They have also become great partners and continue to provide support in additional ways as we develop our programs.” 

The Foundation is currently seeking additional grant opportunities as it moves forward with the casting of the Honor Bell, works with veterans on creating the Bell Honor Guard, and builds its board, among other activities.