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Embrace raises $30,000 at fifth annual Ex 4 Vets event
Hundreds of college students, active military and veterans came together to
fundraise at San Diego State University
SAN DIEGO – (Wednesday, May 20, 2015) – For the fifth straight year, San
Diego college students, military veterans, active military personnel and the
general public exercised to raise money for Embrace programs that serve
disabled and homeless veterans at Ex 4 Vets V on Saturday, May 2, 2015. As
opposed to past years where the event took place on the U.S.S. Midway, Ex 4
Vets 5 occurred at San Diego State University at the Conrad Prebys Student
Union. Ex 4 Vets V was hosted by Embrace, a nationally recognized non-profit
organization focused on bringing diverse groups of people together to serve
veterans and civilians in need. The event featured an hour-long kickboxing
workout lead by San Diego fitness guru Cindy Whitmarsh and her fitness team.
Rebecca Jade sang an unforgettable rendition of the National Anthem while all in
attendance saluted the flag presented by the SDSU Air Force ROTC Honor

View from atop the Conrad Prebys Student Union

"It’s always a bit concerning when you change venues, especially a venue like
the U.S.S. Midway that has treated us like family, but the event couldn’t have
gone any better at San Diego State," said Sean Sheppard, Founder of Embrace.
"We saw an unprecedented number of student organizations register and

participate and the Conrad Prebys Student Union staff provided great support
services as did the SDSU police department – it was a great day to be an Aztec
supporting our veterans.”
This year, more than 300 college students, veterans, civilians and active military
attended and helped raise $30,000. A total of eighteen student organizations
from SDSU, Grossmont College and UCSD had registered participants. Greeks
competed to win the Ex 4 Vets Cup, a trophy that is awarded to the sorority and
fraternity that raises the most pledge money. SDSU Pi Beta Phi won the sorority
cup and a $400 Walmart Gift Card for a second time with $1,329 raised. Delta
Gamma had the most registered sorority participants, earning their house a 43”
flat screen television. SDSU Kappa Sigma won the fraternity cup and a $400
Walmart Gift card with $5,010 raised. They also had most registered fraternity
participants. Pi Beta Phi’s Samara Batoog was the top individual fundraiser and
winner of a 43” flat screen television with $1,304 raised. 910.5 volunteer hours
were accrued during the event.
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More than $6,000 was donated back to work out teams representing student
organizations, religious organizations and veteran groups as part of the event's
format that allows such groups to keep 50 percent of net funds raised. The other
50 percent supports Embrace programs that mobilizes college student volunteers
to serve disabled veterans (Healing Our Heroes' Homes - remodels the homes of
disabled veteran homeowners) and homeless veterans (Embrace The Streets provides food, clothing, toiletries, social services and public health services to
San Diego's homeless veterans and civilians in the streets of San Diego).
“I can't say enough about the students, veterans and active military that came out
to support the work Embrace does to assist disabled and homeless veterans,”
said Sheppard. “Cindy’s team was electric, the weather was perfect, and the
energy was sky high as usual. The awareness being raised about these special
groups of veterans is significant, and as evidenced by the smiling faces and
happy sponsors, we all had a great time doing it.”

Greek Ex 4 Vets Cup Winners: SDSU Kappa Sigma and SDSU Pi Beta Phi

KUSI provided pre-event live coverage. The Omni San Diego Hotel donated
food for all participants and the Jack In The Box Foundation donated beverages.
Ex 4 Vets V sponsors and partners included: Military Home Loans, Jack In The
Box Foundation, The Mike Whitmarsh Foundation, American Council on
Exercise, Swinerton Builders, Pete Knows PB Realty, Motwani Lasik Institute,
USE Credit Union, SDSU Associated Students, SDSU Student Veteran
Organization, Six Flags, Disney Land and the University Club.
Ex 4 Vets VI is scheduled for spring 2016. For more information, visit
About Embrace
Founded in 2000, Embrace uses community service to bring diverse groups of
people together to bring about social wellness in our society. The organization
focuses on the utilization of college students and recent graduates to
develop their leadership qualities and remedy community problems such as
health disparities and homelessness on a volunteer basis. Founder Sean
Sheppard's ultimate goal is to bring about legislation that makes community
service mandatory for all college students that attend state funded institutions of
higher education.
For more information on Embrace, visit