Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Local family selected to receive Clearwater Marine Aquarium giveaway!

Meet the O'Shell Family...

William O'Shell Jr., retired 1st Sgt of the U.S. Army, and his wife Annette O'Shell, contacted Healing Heroes Network this past May when they heard about a giveaway contest for military families in the Tampa Bay area.  Healing Heroes Network was giving away free family admission passes for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to a local deserving military family.  Born and raised right here in Pinellas county, Annette reached out right away to tell HHN about her amazing, heroic family.  Upon reading about the O'Shell's, we knew just who was going to win this awesome trip.

Annette and William have a strong military history and family tradition.  William is from Pennsylvania and served proudly for 25 years in the U.S. Army. In 1991, he finally left the military to take care of his mother, who had become ill and was dying. Both Annette and William are now retired, and started doing foster care 4 years ago in 2010. They are currently licensed Medical/Therapeutic foster parents for children with special needs here in Pinellas County.  Annette and William have a son who is now a Sgt. in the U.S. Army, stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC., and their daughter in law is also medically retired from the U.S. Army.

The O'Shell home is currently residence to 6 children, 5 of which are in the foster care system. Their youngest, biological son Grayson is 11 years old.  The other children in the home range from ages 1 month old to 2 years old, 5 years old, 7 years old, and 15 years old.  Annette says, "I was born here in Pinellas county and have watched all the changes the Clearwater Marine Aquarium has gone through. I have not been able to see the Aquarium due to the expense of all the kids. We can't wait to take a day and come visit the Aquarium and Winter.  Thank you Healing Heroes Network!"

In conjunction with the family's trip to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Healing Heroes Network will also be sending the O'Shell family to have dinner at Crabby Bill's on Clearwater Beach.  We are honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to give back and show our appreciation to this deserving military family right here in the Tampa Bay area!  Healing Heroes Network would like to thank the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Crabby Bill's Seafood Restaurant for making this possible!


Monday, July 7, 2014

"Sunday Funday" Military Appreciation Event!

Are you a military family based in the Tampa Bay area?  Or do you know of a hard working, deserving military family that has sacrificed their time and/or loved ones to preserve our nation's freedom by fighting for our country?  If so, then....

Healing Heroes Network is excited to announce our first ever "Sunday Funday" Military Appreciation event, coming this August to Clearwater Beach, FL!  On Sunday, August 24, 2014, we will be awarding FOUR local military families with family fun prize packs including theme park tickets, restaurant gift cards, merchandise from Ron Jon Surf Shop, and more!  We need your help getting local families on board, so here's how to nominate and vote... 

- Visit the "Sunday Funday " Facebook event page:

- To nominate your family, or a military family that you think deserves a family fun prize pack, click on the link: "Nominate/Vote Here".

The four families with the highest number of "points" will be awarded their prizes at the Sunday Funday event in August.  Also on hand will be raffles, giveaways, games for the kids, fun for the whole family, a Healing Heroes Network guest speaker, and a performance by Nashville Recording Artist, Jamie Tate, including her hit single "I'll Give My All", a patriotic tribute to our military.  You don't want to miss out on this awesome event! Please tell your friends and family, and join us on Sunday, August 24th from 12pm - 3pm at the Pier 60 Pavilion on Clearwater Beach.  

Nominate a Military Family today!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy 4th of July from Healing Heroes Network!

This Friday, the Fourth of July, we encourage you to spend the day remembering what it's all about.... our nation's freedom and independence! These things would not be possible without the courage and heroism of our service men and women who have fought in our armed forces.  We at Healing Heroes Network are eternally grateful for their service and sacrifice!

We hope that you will take a moment this Independence Day to thank a Hero, and remember those that gave their lives to maintain our freedom to watch the fireworks every year.  

Wishing you and your loved ones a Safe & Happy Fourth of July!

For the Troops,