Clark Charitable Foundation and Clark Construction Group Pledge $500 Thousand to Boulder Crest Retreat for Wounded Warriors

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Boulder Crest Retreat, a 37- acre privately-funded Loudon County facility with accommodations and recreational services aimed at helping wounded warriors and their families recover and heal, has just received a $500,000 pledge from the Clark Charitable Foundation and the Clark Construction Group.

“We are grateful to Clark Construction for their very generous gift and their overall support as the first local corporation to step forward to make this vision a reality in short order,” said Ken Falke.

Boulder Crest Retreat, a 37- acre privately-funded Loudon County facility with accommodations and recreational services aimed at helping wounded warriors and their families recover and heal, has just received a $500,000 pledge from the Clark Charitable Foundation and the Clark Construction Group.

Founded by Ken Falke, a retired U.S. Navy E.O.D. (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) expert and successful local entrepreneur, Boulder Crest will be built on the private land he and his wife donated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This not-for-profit facility will offer accommodations and outdoor activities to troops who are undergoing rehabilitation treatments at the local military hospitals. “Our hope is that families will come for 2-7 day retreats just to get away and relax from the clinical environments they live in on a daily basis,” Ken explains.
There will be no out-of-pocket costs to those troops who visit.

Inspired by the bravery exhibited by the wounded troops he regularly visited at Bethesda Naval and Walter Reed hospitals, Ken envisions Boulder Crest as a restful and rural sanctuary for outpatient personnel to experience a break from the reminders, routines and restrictions of their treatments. The Retreat will include a meeting house and four handicap-accessible cabins. Gardening and fishing are just two of the outdoor activities that will help to provide non-clinical, therapeutic relief to these visitors.

The project was announced last October with a $10 million capital budget goal. Loudoun County approved plans for space to accommodate about 500 wounded veterans every year. Clark Charitable Foundation and the Clark Construction Group will be the first to name one of the four cabins.

“We are grateful to Clark Construction for their very generous gift and their overall support as the first local corporation to step forward to make this vision a reality in short order,” said Ken Falke.

“Supporting our veterans is a top priority for our community-focused, charitable endeavors,” said Susan Williamson Ross, Chief Administrative Officer, Clark Construction. “We believe that Boulder Crest will go a long way toward helping our troops reconnect with their families, repair their lives and reenter the civilian environment in ways that go far beyond traditional medicine and therapy. We are delighted to play this important role to support Ken and this laudatory mission.”

About Boulder Crest Retreat
Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Boulder Crest Retreat will offer a rural sanctuary to wounded warriors and their families through accommodations and outdoor activities to speed their physical, mental and spiritual recovery. Founded in 2011 by retired U.S. Navy EOD technician and successful local entrepreneur Ken Falke, this not-for-profit undertaking will be built on land he donated and with funds contributed by local corporations and private citizens. For more information or to make a tax deductable donation, visit http://www.bouldercrestretreat.org.

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