Fred Malek and Ike Skelton Join Boulder Crest Retreat for Wounded Warriors Board of Directors
Malek donates $250,000 to support $10M capital raise for development of rehabilitation retreat for veterans and their families in Loudoun County
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Boulder Crest Retreat for Wounded Warriors, a 501(c)3 organization that is developing a free rehabilitation retreat in Bluemont, Va., for wounded veterans and their families as they reconnect and recover after returning from war, today announced the addition of Fred Malek, co-founder and managing partner of District Hospitality Partners, and Ike Skelton, partner at Husch Blackwell LLP, to its board of directors. The organization also announced a donation of $250,000 by Malek to support its $10 million capital raise.
"I encourage our citizens to stand up and join this noble cause - caring for our warriors who have fought and sacrificed for all of us."
"It gives me great pleasure to welcome our first major donation from my co-founder and vice chairman, Fred Malek. Fred's donation is extremely important, as it will play a critical role in accelerating the development of this project," said Ken Falke, the original founder of Boulder Crest. "In addition, I would like to welcome our newest board member, the Honorable Chairman and former Congressman Ike Skelton. Chairman Skelton's understanding of our wounded warrior and wounded warrior family policy issues bring a dimension to the board of directors that will prove invaluable along the way."
Additional members of the board of directors include Anna Birch, Jack Causa, John Coster, Tracey Ellis, Chris Ferguson, Sean Haynes, Kathleen Keirnan, Rob Klingensmith, Steve Kupka, Tobin McGregor, Rob Veltre, Neal Pollard, Henry Stoever, Justin Taft and Michael Westphal.
Malek has served in several areas of the military, including a tour of duty aboard a naval amphibious ship and time with the Navy Special Forces, specializing in drug interdiction in South America and winter warfare readiness in Alaska. In addition, Malek is a combat veteran of Desert Storm.
"As Americans, we share the responsibility to take care of our own and especially to take care of the thousands of men and women who have given their minds, bodies and souls to defend our freedoms and way of life. My hope is that we can expedite the capital raise to build this retreat so that our wounded warriors and veterans along with their families can stay in this peaceful and rejuvenating retreat to enjoy, recover, reconnect and plan for re-engagement in a noncombat theater," said Malek.
Prior to joining Husch Blackwell LLP, Skelton served as the U.S. representative from Missouri's 4th District from 1977 to 2011. As a U.S. representative, Skelton focused on issues involving jobs and the economy, the war in Afghanistan and military health insurance reform.
"We all owe wounded warriors, veterans and their families our gratitude and our best efforts to help make their transition successful," Skelton said.
"As a nation, while we are faced with funding challenges and limited off-base healing venues for our own, we now have the unprecedented opportunity at Boulder Crest to enrich the lives of our warriors and their families," continued Malek. "I encourage our citizens to stand up and join this noble cause - caring for our warriors who have fought and sacrificed for all of us."
To make a tax-deductible donation to the Boulder Crest Retreat for Wounded Warriors, go to http://tinyurl.com/bouldercrest2011.
About Boulder Crest Retreat for Wounded Warriors
Boulder Crest Retreat for Wounded Warriors is a very special place designed by Ken and Julia Falke, who seek to create a safe and relaxing rural sanctuary for America's wounded warriors and their families. Virginia's Loudon County approved the site plan in July 2011 for the 37-acre plot, which is located 60 miles northwest of the nation's capital in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Falkes and the board of directors foresee the retreat offering such "nonclinical" therapy as nature walks, gardening, foraging, photography, bird and wildlife watching, archery, and other adaptive sporting activities and will also act as home to therapeutic dogs. Four ADA-handicapped-accessible "greentech" cabins, an ADA-handicapped-accessible "greentech" meeting house with organic farm-to-table meals, a walled organic garden and field of organic produce, and a bird sanctuary and fishing ponds will be built, and off-site activities will be available to the veterans and their families. The project is currently embarking on a local, regional and national fundraising campaign for the targeted initial capital raise of $10 million. For more information, go to www.bouldercrestretreat.org and find us on Facebook.
About Fred Malek
Fred is the co-founder and managing partner of District Hospitality Partners, a travel-centric hospitality and technology company set up to build, manage and invest in companies in the travel sector. Fred was previously the CEO and co-founder of TIG Global, a leading interactive services firm in the travel sector, which was recently purchased by Micros Systems, trading under the stock symbol "MCRS." In addition, Fred is also a co-founder and board member for several ventures in China, including Hubs1, China's third-largest hotel reservation distribution company, and JT Realty, a private-equity hotel investment fund based in Shanghai.
About Ike Skelton
Ike Skelton is a partner at Husch Blackwell LLP, where he advises clients on a variety of legal and public policy issues, especially matters relating to national defense, small business and international trade.