President- Kelly Walsh
Director- Jason Stewart
Secretary- Shari Walsh
Treasurer- Donnia Herrera
The fern 45 crew
From Left to Right
Shari Walsh, Hailee Allen, Anthony Monachelli, Brett Palmer (NVC), Donnia Herrera, Koreena Warkentin, Casey Walsh, Kelly Walsh, Kelsey Kibbe
our ORIGIN story
Ahhhh....The Fern 45!
Where do I start?
It started out just wanting to have a poker run in the desert with friends and family so I could share some cool trails and views with them. Shortly after...it was planned! It just happened to be Veteran's day 2015! Figured we would charge our buddies 25 bucks, winner takes all with a party afterwards, sounded great! THEN IT CLICKED! "It's Veteran's day, why don't we donate to them?" After a couple calls to Mr. Brett Palmer of the Nevada Veteran's Coalition, it was known that they could use a new laptop, we were on it! We will get you two! (Me being confident our friends could raise enough money to handle it) Thinking if we had 30 people show up it would be super fun and a party for the books. Boy, oh, boy... I was mistaken! Somewhere around 135 people showed up, including the coalition themselves! We ended up getting them that laptop and 1200 bucks! The support from friends, family, and the community of Fernley was so awesome. I, personally, will never forget the parade of rigs marching up the dirt road to participate. The sense of pride, overwhelming, to the point i almost cried. (Okay, not gonna lie, I shed a few tears) The team of my immediate family and a few friends has turned into a committed organization that's willing to donate their time, money, and huge efforts each year to keep the drive alive.
I like to call it "fun"draising! This will be our 6th year raising money for veteran's and their programs. On behalf of each crew member that has ever volunteered, no matter amount of time or energy; to all the sponsors, no matter amount donated; and especially to the 95A Motorsports Complex for providing the area to stage all you "off-road crazy-heads"! We have donated somewhere around $50,000 now!! I never thought this would be an annual event, but here we are.
Lets do this, have fun, be safe always...
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
(President/Founder of the Fern 45)
P.S. Catch me at the campfire and I'll fill ya in on the rest!