CLEARWATER BEACH, FLORIDA – October 2014 – The Sandpearl Resort and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium are teaming up with Troop Rewards, a Tampa-based non-profit that provides recovery vacations to returning U.S. soldiers and their families. The Sandpearl Resort will be hosting the 10 returning military service members, and their families, to an all expense paid luxury vacation starting this coming Monday. The Sandpearl will also host a “Welcome Home Reception” for these families at the resort with special guests, US Congressman David Jolly, Clearwater Mayor, George Cretekos and Ret. Brig Gen. Joe Oder to help welcome these families home.
“This is such a great way to show these brave men and women who have defended our freedom over the last ten years, that we appreciate their service.” said Tom Burkett, Troop Reward’s Founder and Executive Director. “To be able to team up with such great local sponsors, like the Sandpearl and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is what makes these vacations special and helps with their reintegration process once they are back home with their families.” Burkett added.
Eric Waltz, Sandpearl Resort’s General Manager, says “We have been teaming up with Troops Rewards and the Clearwater Aquarium for the past couple of years for these events and it just seems to get better and better each year. It’s something these families will always cherish and we want them to know how much their service is appreciated when they come back home. We do everything we can to ensure a memorable vacation experience for them during their stay with us.”
As part of their recovery vacation, the ten families are set to visit Clearwater Marine Aquarium on Wednesday, October 28th. “The families with their children ranging in age from one to fourteen will learn about CMA’s marine life rescue work and visit with approximately 40 resident animals. They will also have the opportunity to visit Winter and Hope, stars of Dolphin Tale 2.” said, Jen Carlisle, the CMA’s Director of Tourism Marketing.
About Sandpearl Resort
Sandpearl Resort is a grand beachfront resort that is situated along 700-feet of pristine white sand on Clearwater Beach, Florida with unparalleled amenities and features 253 guest rooms and suites, a lagoon-style beachfront pool with private cabanas, fine & casual dining, a full service spa and state-of-the-art meeting & event spaces. For more information, call (877) 726-3111 or visit www. sandpearl.com
About Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit working marine rescue center dedicated to inspiring the human spirit through leadership in education, research, rescue, rehabilitation and release. CMA is home to rescued dolphins, sea turtles, river otters, stingrays, nurse sharks and more. Winter the dolphin’s story of survival after injury that caused her to lose her tail has impacted millions of people around the world. A major motion picture, Dolphin Tale, highlighted her life story in 2011. The sequel, Dolphin Tale 2, was released in September 2014 and features the incredible story of Hope, a young resident dolphin of CMA. The mission and potential to change people’s lives differentiates Clearwater Marine Aquarium from any other aquarium in the world.
About Troop Rewards
Troop Rewards in a Florida 501 (c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing recovery vacations to U.S. Service members who are deployed in Iraqi, Afghanistan and other hostile zones to aid in their reintegration to civilian life back home. To learn more visit them at www.TroopRewards.org