The seventh annual Challenge 22 event took place Saturday, Nov. 11, in downtown Winter Garden, kicking off at American Legion Post 63.
Challenge 22 raises money and awareness to help eliminate suicide among veterans with post-traumatic stress.
The event began with opening ceremonies led by organizer Kurt Gies.
Several speakers shared words, including Peter Gregory, District 6 commander for Florida American Legion; Austin Arthur, chairman of the Challenge 22 board; Pam Jones, representing congressman Daniel Webster; Zander Arthur, keynote speaker and co-founder of Gymnastics USA and Stars and Stripes Marketing Services; Heidi Hansing, co-founder of Wheelchairs for Warriors; and Dustin Sixkiller, featured U.S. Navy veteran and suicide survivor.
In addition, Gymnastics USA provided entertainment, Amelia Hanks sang the national anthem, the Lady Lake honor guard from American Legion Post 347 completed the presentation of colors and Sixkiller was surprised with a custom-built wheelchair from Wheelchairs for Warriors.
Attendees participated in a 2.2 mile walk before meeting local organizations supporting veterans, as well as enjoying live music, food, beer and raffles.