Competitors Support Homeless Veterans at 9th Annual "Step Up for the Brave" Challenge

Bridgeport, CT - On Saturday, August 26 Homes for the Brave hosted its 9th Annual Step Up for the Brave Stair Climb and Walking Challenge. Nearly 450 Veterans, fitness enthusiasts, and generous supporters came together at Total Mortgage Arena in Bridgeport, CT and virtually across the country to climb stairs or walk a course and raise funds for Veterans experiencing homelessness.

Participants entered either a 90-minute Stair Climb Challenge or Walking Challenge. Those who could not join in person entered a Virtual Challenge. To date, nearly $95,000 has been raised, and donations remain open through September 15. To make a donation, visit

“Our 9th annual Step Up was our most memorable one yet. It was an amazing event showing a remarkable display of speed and stamina by women, men, and children,” said Vince Santilli, CEO/Executive Director of Homes for the Brave.

The event was co-hosted by WTNH Anchor/Reporter Alyssa Rae Taglia and AJ from WPLR’s Chaz & AJ show. Prizes were given to top challenge competitors.

Homes for the Brave is a Bridgeport-based nonprofit organization that helps Veterans experiencing homelessness get the housing and services they need to return to a productive and meaningful life. To learn more, visit or call 203-338-0669. 

Homes for the Brave would like to thank its generous sponsors to date, including A Friend of Homes for the Brave, Bridgeport Islanders, Burns Construction, Haynes Construction, Haynes Group, Sterling Investment Partners, Total Mortgage Arena, Advantage America Paperboard, Connecticut Community Bank, M&T Bank, The Original Vazzy’s, Vazzano’s Four Seasons, Wilfredo Perez Jr. Memorial Fund, Avangrid, Knights of Columbus Park City Council #16, Microboard, Ranger Global Advisors, Tito’s, BTX Global Logistics, County Electric, Fairfield Rotary, Petit Family Foundation, T. Arduini Co., Inc., Culligan Water, Albertus Magnus College, AMR, Bernadette Baldino, Brake Fire Protection, City of Bridgeport, CT Veterans Day Race, Liberty Print, Encon, G. Pic & Sons Construction Company, Ion Bank, Mission 22, Mutual Security Credit Union, PFK O’ Connor Davies, Port 5, Prudential, RDAC, Teamsters Local 1150, The Schegg Group, The Workplace, Inc., and Trumbull Self Storage.

Submitted by Fairfield, CT

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