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Bisnow || March 14, 2017
Pathways for Patriots!
ThanksUSA held a reception at the Rayburn House Office Building to fête its new initiative, called Pathways for Patriots. The initiative encourages companies from different industries in the private sector, like tech, engineering, healthcare and hospitality, to create pipelines of military spouses and children interested in pursuing post-secondary degrees, certifications and ultimately careers in occupations that companies are struggling to fill.
Tennis Industry Magazine || August 2016
USPTA ADDvantage – Tennis Marathon Breaks Guinness World Record and Supports ThanksUSA
As morning broke on Saturday of the Fourth of July weekend, Bonnie Vona was completing her 38th tennis match in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record (GWR) for Most Consecutive Opponents in Tennis Singles.
USA TODAY || July 6, 2016
Military Families Deserve More Than Lip Service
A decade ago, two young girls found a way to repay the sacrifices that military families have made on our behalf. Seeing their classmate’s father return from Iraq with severe injuries, they created ThanksUSA, a national non-profit dedicated to providing post-secondary school scholarships to children and spouses of those serving on active duty.
ABC7 WJLA || July 4, 2016
Va. Grandma Completes 38 Consecutive Tennis Single-Matches Breaking Guinness Book Record
Bonna Vona, a 61-year-old grandmother, set out to beat the Guinness Book Record of most consecutive singles matches, aiming to raise enough money for 24 scholarships for children and spouses of military service members.
Mid-Atlantic Match Point || Summer 2016
Bonnie Vona Breaks Tennis Record for Military Families to Celebrate July 4th
As many of us planned our Independence Day activities, Bonnie Vona was completing a record-breaking performance at the Montgomery TennisPlex in Boyds, Maryland.
Connection Newspapers || June 28, 2016
Restonian Takes 72-Hour Tennis Marathon Challenge
From the kayakers to the trail runners at her Lake Anne residence, tennis marathon challenger Bonnie Vona sees workout opportunities abounding. After all, the 61 year old is training for the endeavor of a lifetime.
WUSA9 || June 23, 2016
Salute to Service: Tennis for Wounded Warriors
A Prince George’s County woman is helping injured veterans in a unique way. Former tennis champion Brenda Gilmore of Largo understands some of their challenges firsthand.
ABC7 || June 17, 2016
ThanksUSA Holds Tennis Clinic to Help Disabled Veterans
An organization that provides scholarships to military spouses and children called 'ThanksUSA' held a tennis clinic in Boyds, with pro Brenda Gilmore, for our nation's disabled veterans.
Tennis Industry Magazine || June 2016
USPTA ADDvantage – Guinness World Record Tennis Challenge for ThanksUSA
A heart of gold, an indomitable spirit, and a rigorous workout regimen -- those are the ingredients 61-year-old USTA official and competitive tennis manager Bonnie Vona is depending on to propel her through a daunting 72-Hour Tennis Marathon Challenge in support of military families.
Tennis Industry Magazine || May 2016
USPTA ADDvantage – Making a Difference on the Tennis Court – Stories Behind the Faces
By partnering with ThanksUSA, USPTA has donated $11,000 to the organization, and its divisions and members have donated more than $65,000 to the general scholarship fund in the last three years.
Tennis Industry Magazine || March 2016
USPTA ADDvantage – USPTA Donates $5,000 to ThanksUSA Scholarship Fund
In an effort to continue its support of the Tennis Thanks The Troops campaign, USPTA donated $5,000 in January to ThanksUSA’s scholarship fund.
Tennis Industry Magazine || February 2016
USPTA ADDvantage – Trip of a Lifetime to the US Open
ThanksUSA's Tennis Thanks the Troops campaign offers a reward to the club or pro that raises the most money: two tickets to the US Open along with airfare and lodging. For the third year in a row, the grand prize trip was awarded to
Berkeley Hills Country Club in Duluth, Georgia.
CBS News || December 30, 2015
CBSNews.com – Sisters Raise $10 Million in 10 Years for Military Families
Ten years ago, 10-year-old Rachel Okun and her sister Kelsi, 8, told their parents they had a big idea -- they wanted to say thank you to the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan by offering scholarships to their spouses and children.
Washington's Top News || November 11, 2015
WTOP – Va. Sisters Create Charity to Help Children, Spouses of Service Members
Veterans Day comes once a year, but two local sisters are busy helping military families year-round.
Examiner || April 1, 2015
Examiner.com – A new look for the 2015 Central Texas Women’s $50,000 Pro Challenge
The formerly named John Newcombe Country Club Women’s $50,000 Pro Challenge, a USTA Pro Circuit event and one of only two women’s $50,000 Pro Circuit events in the state of Texas, will be renamed the Central Texas Women’s $50,000 Pro Challenge.
WashingtonExec || May 22, 2014
WashingtonExec.com – Intelligent Decisions, RAI Services Host ThanksUSA Charity Golf Tournament
The 7th-annual tournament was hosted by Intelligent Decisions, based in Ashburn, and RAI Services Company, based in Winston-Salem. Intelligent Decisions, a global IT systems integrator, has supported ThanksUSA for the past six years.
Golf Digest || December 2013
Golf Digest – Stephen Curry
Growing up in North Carolina, where he co-hosts the Curry Celebrity Classic, Stephen learned about golf and charity from his dad Dell, a former Charlotte Hornet who played 16 seasons in the NBA. In addition to Stephen establishing his ThanksUSA tournament for scholarships in California's Bay Area...
NBC Bay Area (KNTV) || September 23, 2013
2013 Stephen Curry ThanksUSA Charity Golf Tournament
Guess who we found at the Presidio in San Francisco... Stephen Curry.
Washington Army News Service || September 26, 2013
Wounded Warrior Honored at Washington Event
Col. Lanier Ward, Commander of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, was honored for his military service during an event hosted by the foundation he inspired two young girls to create.
Northern Virginia Magazine || August 2008
Big Thanks to Little Hearts – Some military families are receiving college scholarships from grammar school philanthropists
While others are attending movies and concerts, catching a game at the new nationals’ stadium, or shopping at the mall, the Okuns have assembled to conduct business, just as they have most Sunday afternoons for the last three years.
Wall Street Journal Opinion || August 28, 2007
Will You Answer the Call?
Two years ago, my daughters opened my eyes to a national disconnect between average citizens and solders. What started as a kitchen-table idea evolved into ThanksUSA, providing post-secondary school scholarships to the children and spouses of those serving on active duty, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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