Wounded Veteran to Receive Track Chair from HPU Fraternity and Independence Fund

Mar 15th, 2017

Wounded Veteran to Receive Track Chair from HPU Fraternity and Independence Fund

Last year’s fundraiser, hosted by Kappa Alpha Order, raised $26,000 to purchase a Track Chair for wounded veteran Michael Verardo. This year’s event will be held on March 18 to honor marine Patrick J. Glavey, who will also receive a Track Chair. 


Veteran Patrick J. Glavey will receive a Track Chair on March 18 thanks to fundraising efforts by HPU’s Kappa Alpha Order fraternity.

HIGH POINT, N.C., March 15, 2017 – The Independence Fund, a leading national veterans organization and local North Carolina non-profit, in connection with the brothers of Kappa Alpha Order at High Point University and the Heal Team 6 organization, have teamed up to change the life of a U.S. veteran.

Last year, an initiative by HPU’s Kappa Alpha Order called Operation KARE raised the funds to purchase a Track Chair for a wounded veteran. Having once again raised approximately $25,000, the group has purchased and will present another Track Chair to veteran Patrick J. Glavey at 2 p.m. on March 18 in HPU’s Earl N. Phillips School of Business.

Glavey served as a Marine until 2010 when he was injured while on deployment in Afghanistan, resulting in the loss of both his legs above the knee. Following his injury, he spent a year completing rehabilitation at the Naval Medical Center. This special all-terrain chair allows wounded veterans, like Glavey, to regain mobility and independence.

What: Wounded Veteran Receives Track Chair

When: March 18 at 2 p.m.

Location: Earl N. Phillips School of Business Room 120 – High Point University

“As the development director for the Independence Fund, I’m proud of the many patriotic men and women who gather together every year to host fundraising events for our nation’s heroes,” says Sarah Verardo. “As the wife of a catastrophically wounded war veteran and proud older sister of a recent High Point University graduate, I am even more impressed by the men of this fraternity and the students of HPU. The leadership they are showing for future generations is vital in reminding America’s wounded veterans that they are not and never will be forgotten. We salute and congratulate the school and fraternity on such an incredible outcome.”

Michael Verardo is pictured with his family and his new Track Chair during last year’s event.

“We are motivated to continue our fundraising simply because we want to do something for veterans who have served our country,” says Michael Esposito, past president of Kappa Alpha Order and project organizer. “There are men and women serving around the world – away from the comforts of their homes, their families, and their friends – while we are here at college. We wanted to contribute and do a service in our own way to care for those who have made life-changing sacrifices for our rights, freedoms, and way of life.

“On March 18, I’m most looking forward to giving our veteran, P.J., the life-changing gift of a Track Chair, and also having his family there with us to witness it. Having his family with us will be all the more special. In the past year, as our fraternity has embarked on this effort to better care for our veterans, we’ve learned about the sacrifices made by families. So, the event’s purpose is to honor the service and sacrifices of our veteran and his family.”

HPU students Michael Esposito (left) and Alex Frees (right) present a $26,000 check to Tommy Rieman, executive director of the Independence Fund, at HPU’s Greek Village during last year’s Track Chair donation ceremony.

High Point University frequently honors the sacrifice of our nation’s veterans and the principles upon which our country is built. In November, HPU honored 1,000 veterans and their family members at the university’s annual Veterans Day Celebration. 

About the Independence Fund:

The Independence Fund (www.independencefund.org) is a 501(c) 3 organization. Donations to the Fund are tax-deductible and help provide injured troops with the tools, therapies and guidance that they might not otherwise receive. Independence Fund has distributed more than $20M in grants and services to qualifying veterans including track chairs, custom cycles, and retreats for the veteran family.