HONORING GOD, COUNTRY, AND FAMILIES WHO SERVE

Chicago Gala set to Honor Chris Kyle

Chicago Gala set to Honor Chris Kyle The second annual Chicago Gala to benefit the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation will be held on April 14th, 2018 in Chicago, IL at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. The Gala has been designed as a key 2018 fundraiser for the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation – a foundation dedicated to serving the marriages of those who serve us in the military and first responder communities. The Foundation was launched in honor of American Sniper Chris Kyle by his wife, Taya following his murder five years ago. In line with the work Chris was doing with those who served before his death in 2013, the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation provides experiences for military and first responder couples, with the aim of allowing their marriages to thrive. Statistically, service marriages have a far higher failure rate than those of non-service marriages, with the rigors of serving in military or first responder units taking their toll at home. In announcing the Gala, Taya Kyle highlighted the work in Chicago that first responder units do in protecting the city, along with the high population of military service veterans in and around Illinois. “We’re excited to be heading back to Chicago and cementing the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation Gala on the April calendar there,” said Ms. Kyle. “We’ll be using the event to give back to the community, by providing experiences to service couples through the event. “It is no secret that especially the first responders in Chicago have been under a lot of pressure over recent times – but as they do – they continue to turn up, proudly, to protect their city and its... Read More

“To spend a day with my wife was so special to us, we don’t get to do it too often.”

“To spend a day with my wife was so special to us, we don’t get to do it too often.” When you think Las Vegas, NV you think the bright lights of The Strip, crazy hotels, good times and chancing your arm at a Casino. It’s a place of guilty pleasures and escapism. You certainly don’t see it as becoming the home of America’s worst gun tragedy. Sadly, on October 1, 2017, it was exactly that when a gunman opened fire from a hotel on an open air concert. Many off-duty first responders at the concert were hailed for their bravery in stepping in to help those in the firing line, putting their own bodies on the line and their own significant others at risk. The first responders that were serving at the event on the night and the city in the days and weeks directly after the event had to wade through the uncertainty to secure and re-assure the community. Soon after, through a partnership with America’s leading mobile hydraulic and industrial hose supplier – PIRTEK USA – and NHRA Mello Yello Series front runner, Steve Torrence, the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation had the opportunity to provide experiences to Police Officers from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department at the Fall round of the NHRA held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s The Strip. The Chris Kyle Frog Foundation’s Date Night Out program gives couples that serve either in military or first responder units the chance to experience time off and allow someone else to serve. CKFF has found since implementing Date Night Out that most of the couples that take part haven’t had time off – in many cases – for years. LVMPD Officer Richard and his Wife... Read More

CKFF & its service couples recommend ResortQuest for Northwest Florida vacations

CKFF & its service couples recommend ResortQuest for Northwest Florida vacations Northwest Florida offers more than sugar-white sand and crystal-clear waters that many travelers yearn for. It is the perfect blend of unique culture, cuisine and adventure. With a wide variety of outdoor activities, watersports, shops and restaurants in the area, Northwest Florida provides an unforgettable experience year-round. From the culture of downtown Pensacola to the family-friendly beaches of Destin, to the gorgeous scenery of 30A and South Walton, all the way to action-packed Panama City Beach, Northwest Florida is a melting pot of opportunity and excitement. With over 2,500 individually-owned units in Northwest Florida alone, ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals provides the perfect accommodations to complement the beautiful area. Plan a large family vacation in one of our elegant beach homes, go on a spontaneous adventure with your closest friends in one of our popular resorts, or simply enjoy a relaxing weekend getaway in a beach-front condominium just steps from the Gulf of Mexico. Each property offers exceptional and unique amenities, allowing you to be completely at-ease during your beach vacation. Take advantage of the festivals and events that occur along the Gulf coast, each town boasting unique traditions. Experience Pensacola with the Blue Angels Air Show or the famous “Umbrella Sky Project” during the annual Foo Foo Festival. Travel to Okaloosa Island and Destin for unforgettable festivals such as the Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival, the month-long Destin Fishing Rodeo and the multitude of festivals featuring the famous local cuisine. Familiarize yourself with the culture and incredible adventures of South Walton and Scenic Highway 30A, boasting local restaurants with unparalleled cuisine. Lastly, head over to Panama City Beach and... Read More

CKFF & ResortQuest pair up to change Service Couples’ lives

CKFF & ResortQuest pair up to change Service Couples’ lives “Upon retiring from the Army, I finally realized the affect my service to our country had on our family. We were splintered. We did not speak to each other, but at each other. We were not truly happy, but going through the motions.” Rich is a retired non-Commissioned Army Officer who was awarded a Chris Kyle Frog Foundation Revitalization Retreat in Destin, FL thanks to ResortQuest with his wife, Gwen. The couple was battling to connect after his service, however Rich and Gwen are a true Chris Kyle Frog Foundation success story. “We both freely admit that when we arrived in Destin, we were not in a great place,” Rich reflected. “Moving into that resort, 19 stories above the Florida ocean, we immediately felt relaxed. It was surreal that we were awarded the retreat. “From there we immediately started to re-connect, some of those communication barriers that we had in place were coming down. The Foundation just let us be us – and it worked.” Rich first found out about the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation when he read Chris’ autobiography, American Sniper for the first time. He investigated it and nominated himself and Gwen for a Revitalization Retreat through the Foundation’s website www.ckffdn.org. “The Chris Kyle Frog Foundation just doesn’t talk the talk, it walks the walk,” he said. “Every member of the Foundation staff and their partners, like ResortQuest are invested in assisting the marriages of military and first responder couples – and they truly care. “It gave us the chance to re-ignite the passion that first got us together – and the Foundation is setup in such... Read More

CKFF – Serving the Marriages of Those Who Serve Us

CKFF – Serving the Marriages of Those Who Serve Us The Chris Kyle Frog Foundation continues to service the marriages of those who serve us by providing opportunities to service couples to re-connect through unique experiences, such as that provided with the Torrence Racing NHRA Top Fuel team. After dining among the team they are taken to the start line for the most exhilarating experience in sport – feeling a Top Fuel dragster launch and the 2.6 it registers on the Richter scale and see it going from 0 to 60mph in one full circulation of the massive rear tires. Our service couple from Oklahoma – where she was in the Army for nine years – that recently went out to the event in Texas on a Revitalization Retreat had an amazing time. The rigors of service has been taking its toll on their marriage – to the point of them almost splitting. Thanks to the opportunity they received from the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation and PIRTEK, they were able to reconnect as a result of the experience and enjoy the downtime together – to the point where they felt they could go on together, such was the positive impact of escaping for a day with each other. Donations to CKFF and proceeds that come to the Foundation from merchandise sales along with donors, such as PIRTEK, Kohls and USAA among others allow the Foundation to create such experiences for service couples and meet its mission to Honor God, Country, Family while changing the world for this generation and the next by recognizing and strengthening first responder, military and veteran... Read More

Arlington Golf Classic to honor Chris Kyle and 18 Legends

Arlington Golf Classic to honor Chris Kyle and 18 Legends The first Chris Kyle Legendary Golf Classic will honor the memory of American Sniper himself, Chris Kyle and 18 Legends that have served our country and communities, whilst raising awareness for the work of the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation in our military, veteran and first responder communities. The event will take place on November 6, 2017 at the Tierra Verde Golf Club in Arlington, TX. All 18 holes will carry the name of a legend locally or nationally that serves – or has served –  their community and country. The first group of five Legends have been announced. They are four Police Officers that served the Dallas Police Department – one who also served in the US Navy during three tours of Iraq; and one Officer that served in the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) team. On July 7, 2016, all five paid the ultimate price, having their lives taken in the line of duty. The organizers and the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation are honored to announce the first five Legends for the Chris Kyle Legendary Golf Classic: Lorne Ahrens – joined Dallas PD in 2002 Michael Krol – joined Dallas PD in 2007 Michael J. Smith – joined Dallas PD in 1989 Patrick Zamarripa – joined Dallas PD in 2010, US Navy Veteran (served 3 tours in Iraq) Brent Thompson – joined Dallas Area Rapid Transit in 2009                             “We’re so honored that Clint Burgess and his team thought of the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation in piecing this event together,” said Chris Kyle’s wife and Executive... Read More