HSH Duke Leopold of Arenberg, CEO of the Arenberg Foundation, joined local supporters of Aid for Wounded Warriors to tour the new Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, the Department of Defense’s new, state-of-the-art medical facility. The Duke was joined by representatives from Azalea Charities, the parent organization of Aid for Wounded Warriors, the Quality of Life Foundation, which supports caregiving families of wounded warriors, and Chenega Corporation, who has adopted Azalea Charities as their primary cause, raising over $170,000 since 2006.
Duke d’Arenberg’s interest in Aid for Wounded Warriors stems from the liberation by an American lieutenant of his mother and her four sisters and her brother from a Nazi death camp in 1945.
“I remember the gallantry of American troops during World War II and thank them for saving my family from the Nazi death camps. Without them, I wouldn’t be alive today. I also thank the American troops for protecting Europe since 1945 and wish that Europeans would take more responsibility in doing so, thus also becoming ‘defense producers’ rather than ‘defense consumers’ in order to help our American allies in securing peace and prosperity worldwide. These are the main reasons for my involvement with the wounded US soldiers program of Azalea Charities and the Quality of Life Foundation. God Bless America.”
Since 2005, the Duke, along with his European and American friends, has contributed over $130,000 to Azalea Charities’ Aid for Wounded Warriors, enabling this Northern Virginia-based non-profit organization to provide national and international support to our wounded heroes and their families from all branches of the military.
The Duke’s itinerary included a presentation by the Quality of Life Foundation, detailing its outreach efforts to help families deal with the long-term care of a military loved one who has been injured in the line of duty. According to Kim Munoz, Executive Director of the Quality of Life Foundation, “It’s great to know that we have international support for our cause. The Duke is very understanding of the unique challenges these families face - emotional and physical fatigue, lack of adequate home health care, feelings of isolation and lack of resources to meet quality of life needs.”
The day ended with a banquet for wounded warriors, their families and supporters at Giorgio’s Family Restaurant in Montclair, Virginia. This gave everyone a chance to meet each other, which fostered a sense of camaraderie among a group of people working for the same cause. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of a $5,000 check from Azalea Charities to the Veteran Artist Program to provide workshops and programs that unite the military communities with veteran and civilian artists, arts organizations, schools, national cultural institutions, philanthropic foundations and military hospitals to raise awareness of the significance of the arts in the healing process.
About HSH Duke Leopold of Arenberg
Leopold-Engelbert of Arenberg (1956), is the thirteenth Duke of Arenberg, 19th Duke of Aarschot, 8th Duke of Meppen and 8th Prince of Recklinghausen. He married Countess Isabel zu Stolberg-Stolberg in 1995. He is a Lic. Jur, M.B.A, former ambassador of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Portugal, chief executive officer of the Arenberg Foundation, and company director.
About Azalea Charities
Azalea Charities is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization based in Prince William County, Virginia. The organization is staffed entirely by volunteers who donate their time, talent and money. Azalea Charities raises funds for its community charities and Aid for Wounded Warriors through membership fees, private donations and sponsorship of Team Azalea Charities in the Marine Corps Marathon and the Azalea Classic Pro-Am Invitational Golf Classic, the organization's keystone event held annually at the Piedmont Club. Beyond minimal expenses, all the funds they raise go to their charitable core causes. For more information about Azalea Charities, visit: www.azaleacharities.org
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