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Field of Heroes event raises over $13K

THE 2nd annual “We Will Never Forget: Field Of Heroes” event raised $13,748.48 to support local programs for first responders, military personnel, veterans and their families.

Field of Heroes commemorates the 9/11 attack victims and honors first responders and other community heroes.

Tan Siu Lin Foundation and Tan Holdings organize the annual event.

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Holding a ceremonial check, from left: Northern Marianas Humanities Council program officer Eulalia Arriola, Saipan Mayor David Apatang,  council executive director Scott Russell, Tan Holdings president Jerry Tan, acting Gov. Victor Hocog and Tan Siu Lin Foundation board members Tracy Guerrero and Merlie Tolentino.  Photo by Bryan Manabat

In a recognition luncheon for the sponsors held Wednesday at Kanoa Resort, Tan Holdings president Jerry Tan, handed the funds over to the Northern Marianas Humanities Council.

Eulalia V. Arriola, council program officer, said the funds will go to programs for veterans, military personnel, first responders and their families.

The council introduced to the CNMI the power breath meditation workshop for veterans, active military personnel and their families.

The workshop offered practical breath exercise that can lower stress, anxiety and sleep problems that many returning veterans experience.

Arriola said the donation “will help us continue such programs and also bring them to Rota and Tinian.”

She said the initial funding for the workshop came from the National Endowments for the Humanities.

“It was a one-time funding but the Humanities Council is committed to fund programs for veterans, military personnel and first responders,” she added.

Tan thanked all the sponsors of this year’s Field Of Heroes. They included Tan Siu Lin Foundation, Tan Holdings, American Memorial Park, IT&E, Power 99, Triple J Enterprises Saipan, GPPC, Hyatt Regency Saipan, Imperial Pacific International, Marianas Variety and Docomo Pacific.

“We now turn the money over to a group of professionals and experts who will use it wisely to achieve their objectives,” Tan said.

He noted that recently, three hurricanes hit the U.S. and its territories in the Caribbean, and there was also the shooting in Las Vegas.

“Who were there, too? Our first responders,” Tan said. “We hope that more people in the community would step up and try to help our veterans, military personnel and first responders for risking their lives for us — for our freedom and safety. It is not enough to say thank you to them once a year.”