Bluemont, Virginia (PRWEB) September 05, 2013
Boulder Crest Retreat, a 37- acre privately funded Loudoun County facility with accommodations and recreational services aimed at helping wounded warriors and their families recover and heal, has just received a $1,500,000 pledge from the Clark Charitable Foundation and Clark Construction Group in honor of A. James Clark.
“Supporting our veterans is a top priority for our community-focused, charitable endeavors,” said Susan Williamson Ross, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Clark Construction. “Honoring Mr. Clark, through this donation is exactly fitting with his philosophy, “I believe that if you make your money in a community, you have an obligation to give back to it,” says Clark. Not only is Boulder Crest Retreat in the Greater Washington DC community, it serves a community of military and veteran personnel that we fully support. We owe it to the young men and women to give them a place focused on their wellness.”
Boulder Crest is built on private land in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains donated by Boulder Crest Retreat founder, Ken Falke, a retired U.S. Navy EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) expert and successful local entrepreneur and his wife, Julia. This not-for-profit facility will offer accommodations and outdoor activities to troops who are undergoing rehabilitation treatments at local military hospitals. The private funding being raised will ensure that there will be no out-of-pocket costs to those troops and their families who visit.
“We are extremely grateful to the Clark family for this very generous gift. It means a lot to me knowing that the company responsible for building our state-of-the-art military hospital facilities is also involved in this very innovative private venture,” said Ken Falke.
Boulder Crest Retreat was announced in October of 2011 with a $10 million capital budget goal. Today, thanks to the Clark Foundation and Clark Construction, just over $7 million has been raised. A year ago, Clark Charitable Foundation and the Clark Construction Group was the first $500,000 donor to name a cabin on the facility grounds.
About A. James Clark
The career of A. James Clark is a true American success story. As a young man, fresh out of the University of Maryland in 1950, he joined a small local general contracting company that later would be renamed in his honor. Over the course of the next sixty years, his leadership and vision transformed it into one of the largest construction companies in the nation. As an engineer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, he has been the recipient of many academic, professional and civic honors. Mr. Clark is an honorary Trustee of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation. He is an Emeritus Trustee of The Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine and is currently a member of the PGA Tour Golf Course Properties Advisory Board. He previously served on the Boards of CarrAmerica Realty Corporation, GEICO Corporation, PEPCO Holdings, Inc. and Martin Marietta (now Lockheed Martin).
About Clark Construction Group
American owned and operated since 1906, Clark Construction Group, LLC, has grown from a small excavating company to one of the nation’s most experienced and respected providers of construction services. With annual revenue in excess of $4 billion, Clark is consistently ranked among the country’s largest general building and civil construction companies. Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Clark has regional offices that are strategically located to serve the needs of clients throughout the United States. See http://www.clarkconstruction.com.
About Boulder Crest Retreat
Located just 50 miles outside of Washington, D.C., in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Bluemont, Va., Boulder Crest Retreat is a rural sanctuary for military and veteran wellness and their families to enjoy non-clinical, recreational therapeutic activities aimed at assisting with their physical, mental and spiritual recovery. Founded by Ken Falke, a retired U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technician, opens the retreat in September of 2013 on 37 acres of donated land, with funding and volunteer contributions coming from corporations, non-profit organizations and private citizens. For more information about Boulder Crest Retreat, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, or to make a tax-deductible donation, please visit http://www.bouldercrestretreat.org.