Altavita and R.A.W.- A Winning Combo!


By Debbie Gregory

It’s often said, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” At, we are proud to know the great folks at Altavita. Altavita is Southern California’s premier not-for-profit continuing care retirement community.

When Altavita Marketing was organizing a 5K charity run/walk, they asked Military Connection’s CEO Debbie Gregory to recommend a deserving non-profit that could benefit from the race proceeds. It just so happens that we are also lucky enough to know the great folks at Rebuilding America’s Warriors (R.A.W.)

As it turns out, this was a perfect match.

The 5K took place on Saturday, November 14th at the Altavita Continuing Care Retirement Community in Riverside, CA. It was a huge success, with more than 100 participants taking part, and a great day for all. Age was no factor, as the oldest participant, 84 years young, and the youngest participant, four years old, could both attest to!


Former Major League Baseball player and broadcaster Ron Fairly was the announcer for the day’s activities, which also featured prizes and raffles. At the end of the event, when everyone had finished the race, they sat down to a delicious pancake and sausage feast. Awards were handed out, with runner 449, grandson of an Altavita resident couple, winning the race.

Altavita is meeting the needs of a new generation of mature adults. With a broader commitment, a spirit of inclusion, and a culture of greater diversity, they seek to enrich the lives of the people they serve and strengthen the community. While guided by its mission, vision and values to serve mature adults,  Altavita demonstrates their commitment to those who serve through act of wonderful corporate citizenship.

This was on point when Altavita presented R.A.W.’s founder, Maggie Lockridge, with a check for $5,158. The donation will assist the non-profit organization’s mission to provide reconstructive surgeries on a national basis to our wounded and disfigured warriors, the brave men and women who carry scars as a result of shrapnel, burn and artillery wounds.


Everyone is looking forward to Altavita 5K Run for R.A.W. 2016!