A Message From Francis "Buck" Kern

Executive Director, Development, Snowball Express

September 11, 2001 changed our world forever and also changed the lives of many American military families. Over the past decade true American Heroes, the men and women of the United States Military and their families, have made and continue to make extraordinary sacrifices to protect our freedom. These American Heroes who were the father or mother of the children we serve have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. America is forever in their debt. The children and spouses that these heroes leave behind have paid perhaps the very highest price for our freedom and we are eternally grateful.

To the public:

Today, many of our service members are returning home and are being reunited with their families. We must remember however that many families will never be reunited with their hero. Many members of the military made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and their children will never be reunited with their dad or mom.

We must not only vow to never forget these military heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, but we must never forget the children of our fallen heroes. These children and their surviving parent have paid a very high price for our freedom and they continue to sacrifice as they live each day without their hero. Our mission at Snowball Express is to serve these children at our annual Snowball Express event and throughout the years.

To our Snowball Express Families:

We give you a solemn promise; we will forever honor the memory of your hero and never forget the sacrifice that they made for this great nation, and we will never forget your children and you and the tremendous sacrifices you continue to make each and every day.

We will work to create hope and wonderful new memories for your children. We will show them that they are not alone, make them feel special, and help them heal.

I look forward to working with all of our amazing sponsors and volunteers this year and I am very excited and honored to be able to work with our wonderful Snowball Express families. Together, let’s make 2017 a spectacular year!

We Honor
SSGT Luis Melendez-Sanchez, USAF SGT James Mcilvaine, USMC PO1 Darrik Benson, USN 2NDLT Tobias Alexander, USA SPC Francis Trussel Jr, USA CAPT Michael Turner, USAF SPC Donald Smith, USA SMSGT Kyle Baker, USAF 1STSGT Bobby Mendez, USA SSG Stephen Burpee, USA SFC Devone Reynolds, USA SGT Gary Eckert Jr, USA SPC Hai Ming Hsia, USA SGT Anthony Magee, USA SGT David Davis, USA SGT Jeffrey Sellars, USA SPC Tommie Berry, USA 1STSGT John Dupont, USA SFC Anthony Venetz, USA SGT Mycal Prince, USA SGT Troy Harris, USMC SPC Grant Dampier, USA MSGT Frank Riske, USAF SSG Timothy French, USA CPL Ramon Ojeda, USA
As One of Our Fallen Heroes

Serving the children of our fallen military heroes Snowball Express Could Use Your Help!