APK Charities is a non-profit organization raising funds for the APK Direct Assistance Program, the APK Endowment Fund with the Madison & Guilford Foundations, and Spikes K9 Fund in loving memory of Captain Andrew Pedersen-Keel, Special Forces. The majority of our funds raised for these worthy causes comes from our annual APK 5K and 5K Ruck March which takes place on the first Saturday of every November. This year, our APK 5K and 5K Ruck March are both in person – on Saturday, November 4, 2023 – and virtual from October 29 through November 5, 2023. Scroll down to learn more. Not a runner? Not a problem. You can still donate to our General Fund by making a donation below.
About APK Charities
Our mission is to serve as a bridge connecting our society and our Armed Forces, opening our hearts and minds to serve those who protect us.
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization proudly raising funds for our Military through: the APK Endowment Fund with the Madison & Guilford Foundations, Spikes K9 Fund, and the APK Direct Assistance Program that provides direct financial aid and material assistance to active-duty Military, Veterans and their families and Gold Star Families.
APK Charities was created to help us properly honor and remember the life, bravery, and humanitarian spirit of our son, Captain Andrew M. Pedersen-Keel. America’s military, and their families, make enormous sacrifices every day. We seek to raise awareness and support for our active, retired, wounded and fall-en warriors and their families, and to provide financial aid and material assistance to charitable organizations and causes that support Veterans.
APK Direct Assistance Program
The APK Direct Assistance Program (DAP) is designed to provide direct financial and other support services to service members and their families who are in need of emergency or hardship assistance. This means that in addition to supporting military charities, we work with local organizations that support Veterans. Our direct funding helps those who may be slipping through the cracks, or for whom timing is critical.
They stepped up when we needed them. Let’s be there when Veterans need us most.
APK 5 K and 5K Ruck March
The majority of the funds we use to help veterans in need across Connecticut, come from our annual APK 5K Run & Ruck, and our Kids Fun Run. This celebrated and important event takes place every year on the first Saturday in November. Due to worries about COVID 19, this year’s run will be virtual. Run wherever you’d like. But please run. Whether you run, ruck or walk, join the fun for a great cause!