Upper Marlboro, MD, February 20, 2009 - Dean F. Morehouse, owner of MTM Builder/Developer, Inc., in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, purchased the original “Proud Warriors” painting from Azalea Charities, Inc., for a five figure undisclosed amount. Funds from the purchase of the “Proud Warriors” painting will help support Aid for Wounded Warriors, a major project of Azalea Charities. The presentation took place at a special lunch meeting on Thursday, February 19, at Grace’s Mandarin Restaurant at the National Harbor, Maryland.
Morehouse is a founding board member and major benefactor of Azalea Charities, an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Prince William County, Virginia. He has contributed more than $200,000 to Azalea Charities through sponsorships of its Azalea Classic Pro-Am Invitational Golf Classic since 1999 and of the Redskins Charity Challenges.
Since the inception of its Aid for Wounded Warriors program in June 2004, Azalea Charities has distributed more than $500,000 to the cause. Along with its various partnerships, Aid for Wounded Warriors helps to support the U.S. Army's Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline (1-800-984-8523), which opened in March 2008.
Aid for Wounded Warriors also supports Fisher House, which provides free or low cost lodging to veterans and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers across the country, the Family Assistance Center at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and other military medical and rehabilitation centers. In addition, they provide outreach to VA Medical Centers Volunteer Services programs.
The “Proud Warriors” painting was produced by internationally recognized artist Dean J. Baer in support of Azalea Charities’ Aid for Wounded Warriors program. A native of Wisconsin, Dean has lived throughout the US and Europe, he is a United States Air Force veteran. He has studied art in the US and abroad in Germany and Italy, and defines himself as an Expressionist / Abstract painter.
“‘Proud Warriors’ is the first of a series of paintings commissioned by Azalea Charities to acknowledge our wounded military men and women and the wounded from other countries who have stood with the United States in the fight against terrorism,” said Frank Lasch, Chairman and CEO of Azalea Charities. On Oct 9, 2008, British Ambassador Nigel Sheinwald unveiled "Side by Side," a painting dedicated to the British Armed Forces. The next country will be announced later this year. Lasch said, “We hope this effort will enlighten fellow countrymen as well as our allies that we must not forget these brave young men and women and their families.”
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