Nonprofit gives military members a watery thrill

Photo by The Joey Graves Foundation

The nonprofit Some Gave All — The Joey Graves Foundation recently treated a host of veterans to a fast ride on the Delta during the Veterans Day on the Delta Performance Boat Run.

The nonprofit Some Gave All — The Joey Graves Foundation recently gave a group of 61 veterans a thrill during an hours-long ride aboard offshore racing boats during the Veterans Day on the Delta Performance Boat Run.

The free event, open to those who are serving or have served, offered riders the opportunity to move on the water at speeds of upwards of 130 mph, all in the name of excitement and gratitude.

“Most of them have never gone this fast in their lives,” said Kevin Graves, president and founder of the foundation that is committed to honoring the fallen, supporting those who fight and serving their families. Graves launched the foundation in honor of his son, U.S. Army Spc. Joseph A. Graves, a Discovery Bay resident and 2003 graduate of Liberty High School, who was killed in July of 2006 while serving in Iraq.

The eighth annual boat ride zoomed into Discovery Bay thanks in large part to a legion of volunteers — some who travel from as far as Los Angeles — who donate their fast boats and time.

The event this year concluded with its traditional barbecue.

“They came back with their hair blowing and smiles from ear to ear,” Graves said of the riders.

In addition to the boat ride, the nonprofit also hosts other events, including a golf tournament and run for the fallen.

For more information on the organization, visit https://somegaveall.us/.

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