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APK Charities' Bob Keiser and New England Patriots' Robert Kraft at the Myra Kraft MVP Awards

APK Charities is a Proud Recipient of the 2021 Myra Kraft Community MVP Award

APK Charities is a proud recipient of the 2021 Myra Kraft Community MVP Award! It’s awarded to “those who exemplify leadership, dedication and a commitment to improving their communities through volunteerism.” The New England Patriots Foundation donates $225,000 each year to selected non-profit organizations located in New England. There are twenty $10,000 winners and one…

The Big WEHA Bear Fair Sneak Peek

Get set for The Big ‘WEHA Bear Fair Reveal’

WEST HARTFORD, Conn.—The 2021 WEHA Bear Fair will officially dance into town in just a few weeks. But organizers are so excited, they couldn’t resist the temptation to get the party started NOW! “You can feel the excitement building throughout the entire town of West Hartford. The anticipation is palpable!” says Tom Hickey, President of…

Helen Pederen-Keiser was recently interviewed by NBC Connecticut regarding the heartbreak that's unfolding in Afghanistan.

NBC-30: Connecticut Gold Star Family Disheartened by Scenes in Afghanistan

Helen Pederen-Keiser was recently interviewed by NBC Connecticut regarding the heartbreak that’s unfolding in Afghanistan. Please see the video below. “A Connecticut family whose son was killed in the War in Afghanistan say they are sickened by what is happening in the country where he made the ultimate sacrifice.”

Wallingford Lions Club scholarship recipient Torres Alexandra

Torres Munoz Alexandra is recipient of Wallingford Lions Club scholarship on behalf of APK Charities

On behalf of APK, the Wallingford Lions Club awarded a $2,000 scholarship to a deserving student, Torres Munoz Alexandra, in Captain Andrew Pedersen-Keel’s name. This scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior from Lyman Hall or Mark T Sheehan high schools in Wallingford. Winners are judged on academics, school activities, sports and community service. Ms.…

Thank you, NYPD and Goldstar family of Duane Cantrell

Thank you, New York and the Goldstar Family of CW2 Duane Cantrell

From APK Charities, thank you so much to the NYPD and the NYPD Harbor Police. You guys are awesome! Thank you so much for supporting APK Charities and Goldstar families. To the Goldstar family of CW2 Duane Cantrell, so happy we met and were able to spend time with you! Love, Helen, Bob, and the…

APK Charities General Fund in Memory of Captain Andrew M Pedersen-Keel, Special Forces

APK Charities Ruck March: “It helped us have purpose again”

380-mile trek traces life of state native, Andrew Pedersen-Keel, killed in Afghanistan A group of about a dozen people began a 380-mile journey Tuesday, and not by car, train, bus or bike, but on foot. Some were rucking, carrying 35-pound camouflage backpacks. One couple pushed a stroller with their young daughter. While participants would alternate…

CT soldier Andrew Pedersen-Keel to be honored at NASCAR race

CT soldier Andrew Pedersen-Keel to be honored at NASCAR race

Fallen CT soldier to be honored at NASCAR race by Meghan Friedmann [email protected] Reprinted with permission A local fallen soldier is getting a special honor this Memorial Day: Army Capt. Andrew M. Pedersen-Keel, who grew up in Wallingford, will have his name featured on a race car during Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. “It’s a way to…

AmazonSmile will now contribute a percentage of your Amazon purchases directly to APK Charities.

You shop. AmazonSmile gives to APK Charities!

A donation that doesn’t cost you a penny — Amazon Smile AmazonSmile will now contribute a percentage of your Amazon purchases directly to APK Charities. It costs you nothing; the donation comes entirely from Amazon. Spend $100 and $5 goes to helping CT Veterans in need. It’s that easy and it doesn’t cost you a…

Bob and Helen hold up the sign for the section of Rte 79 named after their son, Capt. Andrew Pedersen-Keel

Shoreline Times: Ruck 2 Remember in Guilford Nov. 2 in honor of Madison Army Capt. Andrew Pedersen-Keel

By Sarah Page Kyrcz Oct 29, 2019 Reprinted with permission GUILFORD — On your mark, get set, ruck! When the sixth annual APK 5K Run/Ruck/Walk and Kids Fun Run at Guilford Fair Grounds kicks off, among the sea of runners will be 20 participants from the 3rd Special Forces Group in Fort Bragg, N.C., who…

Helen and Bob packing boxes with Jan Cameron.

Shoreline group provides deployed soldiers with the comforts of home

By Sarah Page Kyrcz of the Shoreline Times | Reprinted with permission. MADISON — Soldiers deployed overseas often hanker for the creature comforts of home, such as coffee, tea, beef jerky, instant soup, candy, hand sanitizer, soap and magazines. Through the generosity of one local organization, these items and many more are en route to…

Mission to Honor Gold Star Families Comes to Connecticut Shoreline

During visits to all 50 states, retired Navy veteran Keith Sherman met with the parents of Army Captain Andrew Pedersen-Keel in Madison By Justin Schecker, Reporter, NBC Connecticut Published Jun 26, 2019 Reprinted with permission from NBC Connecticut http://https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/on-air/as-seen-on/Navy-Vet-Wants-to-Keep-Memories-of-Fallen-Heroes-Alive_Hartford-511860012.html A retired Navy veteran is on a mission to make sure the stories of fallen heroes…

U.S. Navy 4 Star Admiral William H. McRaven speaks to Gold Star Families at the Brian R. Bill Memorial Golf Tournament

U.S. Navy 4 Star Admiral William H. McRaven speaks to Gold Star Families at the Brian R. Bill Memorial Golf Tournament

U.S. Navy 4 Star Admiral William H. McRaven speaks to Gold Star Families at the Brian R. Bill Memorial Golf Tournament Bob and Helen recently attended the Brian R. Bill Memorial Golf Tournament in Darien. Gold Star Families of Chief Petty Officer Brian R. Bill, Navy Seal, Army Spc Wilfreso Perez Jr., 4th Infantry Division…

Helen Keiser-Pedersen, Gold Star Mother of CPT Andrew Pedersen-Keel speaks at Memorial Day Parade, Madison, CT

Helen Keiser-Pedersen, Gold Star Mother, speaks at Memorial Day Parade, Madison, CT

Helen Keiser-Pedersen, Gold Star Mother of CPT Andrew Pedersen-Keel speaks at Memorial Day Parade, Madison, CT. Please follow this link for the video. Thank you, Dottie Packer, for the video.

Celebrate Andrew Pedersen-Keel's birthday with free hero WODs at the CrossFit New Haven at District Athletic Club in New Haven, CT

Celebrate Andrew Pedersen-Keel’s birthday with free hero WODs at CrossFit New Haven

June 8, 2019 would have been PK’s 35th birthday. We’re celebrating by having hero WODs at CrossFit New Haven at the District Athletic Club in New Haven, CT. What is a hero WOD? It’s a workout of the day — WOD, get it? — in tribute to a fallen member of the military who died…

Bob and Helen attend Tuesday’s Children fundraiser at the Plandome Country Club

Bob and Helen attend Tuesday’s Children fundraiser at the Plandome Country Club

Bob and Helen attended last week’s Tuesday’s Children fundraiser at the Plandome Country Club. This organization supports 9/11 families and first responders, assists Military Families of the Fallen, and is there for communities impacted by terrorism and traumatic loss. Tuesday’s Children honored Andrew’s Gold Star mother, the beautiful Helen Pedersen-Keiser!

Limited edition Nine Line Apparel T-shirts with the motto "Never Falter. Never Quit" are now available to order! Nine Line Apparel has generously donated 100% of the proceeds to APK Charities.

Limited Edition Nine Line T-Shirts “Never Falter. Never Quit” Now Available

Limited edition Nine Line Apparel T-shirts with the motto “Never Falter. Never Quit” are now available to order! Nine Line Apparel has generously donated 100% of the proceeds to APK Charities. Click here to buy but hurry! These fabulous T-shirts that help our vets and vet families are only available for a limited time. You…

APK Charities moneys are helping the police in Shirley, IN purchase a ballistic vest for Officer K9 Tiebo.

Together with APK Charities, your generosity helps keep K9s safe!

Emily Grey of Spike’s K9 Fund was nice enough to write to us to tell us how (and who) APK Charities moneys are helping. One lucky recipient is a K9 by the adorable name of Tiebo. And now…Officer K9 Tiebo is one live-saving vest richer due to your generous donations. Tiebo is a beautiful K9…

Helen and I and APK Charities pledge to be a source of support for their families of team ODA 3126

We mourn the passing of the men of ODA 3126

Our hearts are broken. The brave men of ODA 3126 are America’s finest citizens and soldiers. Andrew was a proud member of this team until 11 March 2013. The men pictured here attended our 4th annual APK Event in 2017. We loved these soldiers as if they were our own sons. The team deployed to…

We have some really exciting news about this year's APK 5K. Some special guests will be dropping in. And when we say “dropping in,” we really mean it.

APK 5K: The Black Daggers will “drop in”

We have some really exciting news about this year’s APK 5K. Some special guests will be dropping in. And when we say “dropping in,” we really mean it. The U.S. Army Special Operations Command Parachute Demonstration Team — also known as “The Black Daggers” – will be dropping from a plane into the Guilford Fairgrounds…

Hartford Yard Goats Baseball on Thursday, July 26, 2018. The proceeds go to APK Charities.

APK Charities Fundraiser @ Hartford Yard Goats!

As part of their Gold Star Military Recognition, the Hartford Yard Goats have generously offered to have an “APK Charities Night” where a portion of ticket purchases will support APK Charities. APK’s favorite Gold Star mom, the beautiful Helen Pedersen Keiser, will be recognized. APK Charities will receive $3 for each ticket sold. If more than…

APK 5K 2017 Results

Who came in first? Who won the Ruck March civilian award? Which military team took home the APK 5K Military Ruck March award mounted with Andrew’s Special Forces Yarborough Knife? Inquiring minds want to know. Click here to find out. (If you didn’t get to take home the Yarborough Knife… no worries. The winning team…

Helen and Bob and Shoreline Community Gathers in Madison, CT to Unveil a Gold Star Memorial in memory of Captain Andrew Pedersen-Keel, Special Forces

Shoreline Community Gathers to Unveil Gold Star Memorial

Originally posted on Zip06.com, reprinted with permission. By Zoe Roos, Staff Writer Published September 26, 2017. Last updated 03:46 p.m., September 26, 2017 It’s said there is no greater pain than losing a child. On Sept. 24, members of the Madison and greater shoreline community gathered on the Madison Town Green to unveil and dedicate…

Helping Southern Comfort Care, Inc. Can Help APK Charities Reach our Goals when Southern CC dedicates their renovated home to Andrew Pedersen-Keel

Helping Homeless Vets Can Help APK Charities Reach our Goals

Tony U. Brown is missing his right thumb. It was smashed by a pallet at Camp Dahlke in Afghanistan while he was running as an incoming alarm sounded. He thought he’d just hurt his thumb and the pain would stop as it healed. But he was wrong. A tumor had developed in the bone and…

2016 APK 5K, 5K Ruck March Slideshow

We hope you enjoy the slideshow from the 2016 APK 5K, 5K Ruck March, held at the Guilford Fairgrounds on November 5th.  Thank you for your participation and generous support and we look forward to seeing you in 2017 for the 4th Annual APK 5K, 5K Ruck March on November 4th! https://youtu.be/4u5RDk_lL0Q

Helen and Bob of APK Charities in Memory of Capt. Andrew Pedersen-Keel

A Great Big Thank You from Bob and Helen, plus… Race Results!!!

To our APK 5K, 5K Ruck March and Kids Fun Runparticipants, volunteers and Guilford residents, The APK Charities Board of Directors wishes to say a heartfelt thank you for your willingness to share your time and enthusiasm in support of our tribute to Andrew and our Military. Helen and Bob Keiser-Pedersen Please see the race…

Zip06: Helen Pedersen Keiser: Keeping the Spirit of Her Hero Son Alive

If ever there was an article to read about Andrew Pedersen-Keel, this one is it… from Zip06, Helen Pedersen Keiser: Keeping the Spirit of Her Hero Son Alive. So very well written by Tom Conroy, Special Publications Editor at Zip06.com, this piece covers it all. From Andrew’s birth in Florida, through his schooling and on to his…

Run or march in the APK 5K for a really good cause but get something else in return… one of the best T-shirts! And great food at the after-party!

Run the APK 5K for a Good Cause… and for the T-shirt and the After-Party!

We all know that running or marching in the APK 5K is for a really good cause. And we hope that it warms the cockles of your heart to help us with such a worthy cause. But you can be altruistic and still get something else in return… besides, of course, those warm cockles. You…

Helen and Bob with Gary Sinise at the Thayer Award ceremonies.

Bob and Helen Met Gary Sinise!

Bob and Helen were invited guests of the West Point Association of Graduates. As such, they attended the Thayer Award ceremonies honoring Gary Sinise. They met Mr. Sinise and took this photo with him. About Gary Sinise Gary Sinise is an actor most known for his rolls in Ransom (1996), Apollo 13 (1995), and Forrest Gump…

It's the last leg of Bob's Coast x Coast trip honoring Andrew Pedersen-Keel and today, he visited Fort Bragg… the largest military base in the world.

Bob Visits Fort Bragg on his Coast x Coast Journey

It’s the last leg of Bob’s Coast x Coast trip honoring Andrew Pedersen-Keel and today, he visited Fort Bragg… the largest military base in the world (with more than 50,000 active duty personnel). Bob had the opportunity to meet with Andrew’s Special Ops Unit, ODA 3126. (ODA means “Operational Detachment Alpha.”) See the photo below…

WJHG Reports on Our Coast x Coast Riders

WJHG in Florida reports on APK’s Bob Keiser and the rest of the Coast x Coast crew:

Bob Presents CrossfitVanZandt and First State Bank of Ben Wheeler with APK Commendations

Greetings from Bob in Canton, TX! We’ll let Bob tell you in his own words what’s happening in Canton, TX today… We rode out to Canton, TX for for a visit to CrossfitVanZandt and First State Bank of Ben Wheeler. CrossFit Van Zandt is owned by Sam Deen, a 2006 West Point graduate and classmate of Andrew.…

Coast x Coast Riders with their Heritage Flags

Members of the CoastxCoast family post with Heritage flags that are given away on the 2016 route in Dallas on September 1. APK’s Bob Keiser is on the far right with the Harley Davidson TriGlide Ultra – or as he likes to call it – “the Trike” and the Gold Star Heritage Flag.

APK Charities Bob Keiser at Pike’s Peak!

Whoo hoo! Bob’s seeing the sites on his Coast x Coast cross country ride. See our Bob at Pike’s Peak, below. Please don’t forget to make a donation for a worthy cause. Bob is riding cross country on a Harley Davidson TriGlide Ultra in memory of Capt. Andrew Pedersen-Keel, Special Forces.

In addition to meeting with Ryan Savard's family on his Coast x Coast trip, Bob also met with Sgt. 1st Class Matthew McClintock’s Gold Star family.

Bob Meets with Matthew McClintock’s Gold Star Family on his Coast x Coast Cross Country Ride

In addition to meeting with Ryan Savard’s family on his Coast x Coast trip, Bob also met with Sgt. 1st Class Matthew McClintock’s Gold Star family. Matthew McClintock, a Special Forces engineer sergeant, was killed Jan. 5 during an hours-long firefight in southern Afghanistan. He was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery and is survived by his wife, Alexandra and…

Bob Keiser meets with Ryan Savard's Gold Star family on his Coast x Coast cross country ride in memory of Capt. Andrew Pedersen-Keel, Special Forces.

Bob Meets with Ryan Savard’s Gold Star Family on his Coast x Coast Cross Country Ride

What an eventful day! On his third day on his cross country trip, Bob met Sergeant 1st Class Ryan J. Savard’s family. Ryan was a Special Ops soldier. He was killed in action on Oct. 13, 2012 during combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Savard died from direct fire from enemy forces while conducting combat operations in…

WTNH Interviews APK Charities' Helen Pedersen-Keiser and Bob Keiser re: the CoastxCoast ride from San Diego to Arlington in memory of Andrew Pedersen-Keel.

WTNH Interviews APK Charities’ Helen Pedersen-Keiser and Bob Keiser

Jacquie Slater from News Channel 8/WTNH-TV interviewed our own Helen and Bob as Bob is embarking on the motorcycle ride of his life. Bob is currently riding a Harley Davidson TriGlide Ultra from San Diego to Arlington, VA in the CoastxCoast ride in memory of Andrew Pedersen-Keel. Click here to see the interview. Please support APK Charities…

MWD Bak was awarded, posthumously, the Excellence of Service Award from the Mark Twain House & Museum at the First Annual Bark Twain Bash.

Posthumous Award goes to MWD Bak

On Friday, March 4, 2016, our own Bob Keiser and the always-beautiful Helen Pedersen-Keiser were honored to attend the First Annual Bark Twain Bash. The Bash – benefiting The Mark Twain House & Museum and Kenway’s Cause, Inc. Animal Rescue – was an evening of celebration of our four-legged friends. The Bark Twain Bash, aptly…

2015 APK 5K, Ruck March Slideshow!

Thanks to all who attended the APK Charities APK 5K. And thanks to our APK 5K sponsors and our volunteers. We thought you’d enjoy this slideshow video.

A Special Thank You from APK Charities

Dear Friends of APK Charities, We are so grateful to all who were able to be part of the APK Charities 2nd annual APK 5K, 5K Ruck March and Kids Fun Run in November. The event drew nearly 500 runners and Ruck Marchers from all over Connecticut and the Northeast. We are so very thankful…

APK 5K Ruck March Results for 2015

We commend those of you who not only marched a 5K, but also, marched it while carrying canned goods that were then donated for a worthy cause. Thank you so much for your selflessness. See the results of the APK 5K Ruck March Results for 2015 below. APK 5K Ruck March Results

APK 5K Race Results for 2015

Whoo hoo! The race results are available below. Thanks so much to all who ran, all who marched, and who “fun-runned,” all who sponsored, all who donated and all who volunteered, spectated and/or participated in any way. See you next year? (Click here for the APK 5K Ruck March results.) APK 5K Results

News Channel 8’s Tina Detelj Interviews Helen Pedersen Keiser

On Thursday, November 5, 2015, Tina Detelj from WTNH/News Channel 8 interviewed our own Gold Star Mother, Helen Pedersen Keiser, discussing the APK 5K as well as talking about her son, Andrew Pedersen-Keel. Click on this link to read more and to watch the video. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow at Hammonasett!

Gold Star Mothers Honored on September 27

The last Sunday of the month of September has been designated as “National Gold Star Mother’s Day.” Sarah Cody of Fox CT interviewed our own Gold Star Mother, Helen Pedersen-Keiser. Click here to read the piece and/or watch the video below.

APK Ruck Sack March Participant 2015

APK Ruck Sack March Requirements for 2015

Attention Ruck Sack March participants! Please bring a backpack with non-perishable food items with the following recommendations: for participants 150 lbs. and under – 10 lbs.; for participants over 150 lbs. – 20 lbs. The food will be donated to the St. George Food Pantry after the challenge. PLEASE! NO GLASS CONTAINERS. Thank you. Let’s…

Registration for the 2nd APK 5K Race Begins in August 2015

Watch this space for the link to the registration. We look forward to seeing you on November 7th! Updated Monday, August 24, 2015. Click here to register for the 2nd Annual APK 5K.

The countdown continues... our inaugural APK 5K at Hammonassett State Park begins in less than 48 hours.

Don’t Miss the APK 5K and the Post Race Party!

The countdown continues… our inaugural APK 5K at Hammonassett State Park begins in less than 48 hours. And that means that our post race party begins in less than 48 hours as well. Come one, come all. And let us entertain you. We’ve got Daniel M. Clark, also known as “the Singing Trooper,” performing before…

Shoreline Times: Gold star mom organizes APK 5K at Hammonassett State Park.

Shoreline Times: Gold star mom organizes APK 5K at Hammonasset State Park

We made the news again. This time it was our own Helen Pedersen-Keiser who got the ink. Sarah Page Kyrcz of the Shoreline Times interviewed Helen about our upcoming APK 5K and our 5K Ruck/Walk being held on Nov. 8, 2014 at 9:30am at Hammonassett State Park. See below for the article, reprinted with permission…

Bob Keiser was recently interviewed by Renee DiNino of iHeart Media. The topic of conversation was our upcoming APK 5K race, among other topics.

iHeart Media’s Renee DiNino interviews Bob Keiser about APK 5K Race

Bob Keiser was recently interviewed by Renee DiNino of iHeart Media. The topic of conversation was our upcoming APK 5K race, among other topics. And you can listen to this interview – on Sunday, November 2, 2014 – at several times and on several radio stations. See below: FM Stations KISS 95.7 at 7am Country…

Bob Keiser was a recent guest speaker at the Madison Rotary Club where he spoke about his son, Capt. Andrew Pedersen-Keel and about the APK Charities 5K.

Madison Rotary Club: Bob Keiser on son, Capt. Andrew Pedersen-Keel

Our own Bob Keiser was featured in the Madison Rotary Club‘s October 2014 newsletter. Bob was a recent guest speaker at the Madison Rotary Club where he spoke about his son, Capt. Andrew Pedersen-Keel and about APK Charities and our upcoming 5K race as well as our 5K Ruck/Walk and our Fun Run. He showed…

APK Charities is having Ruck Walk/March in memory of Capt. Andrew Pedersen-Keel on November 8, 2014 at Hammonassett State Park. So… what is a ruck march?

What is a Ruck March?

As many of you are aware, APK Charities is having a 5K race, aptly named as the “APK 5K” in memory of Capt. Andrew Pedersen-Keel on November 3, 2018 at the Guilford Fair Grounds. On that same day, we are also holding a Ruck Walk/March. So… the question of the hour is… what is a…

A Letter from Andrew Pedersen-Keel to Hayden DiMaio

Hello Hayden! Thanks for your thoughtful note. And your gratitude for our service means the world to all of us. I’ve known your grandmother and grandfather my entire life, and they are the sweetest of people. Please give them both a hug for me the next time you see them. I was very impressed by…

Andrew Pedersen-Keel’s Letter to Colorado Teachers and Students

Our son, Andrew Pedersen-Keel, wrote to a 6-8th grade teacher whose students (150) sent letters to Andrew and his team of 11 guys asking questions about the military and Special Forces. The teacher is a sister of one of the Special Forces guys who used to work with Andrew’s team. Andrew wrote a response to…

Registration for the APK 5K Now Open

Registration for the APK Charities inaugural APK 5K, 5K Ruck March and Kids Fun Run are now open. Click here to register online. You’ll be brought to a new webpage at Ratrace Timing where you can register and pay for the event online. All proceeds of this year’s race will benefit CT Trees of Honor…

The APK Charities Website Debut

Hello and welcome to our new APK Charities website. We created the APK Charities Corporation (a Connecticut non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable status applied and pending/Federal Tax ID 46-5456912) to properly honor and remember the ultimate sacrifice made by our son, Captain Andrew M. Pedersen-Keel, US Army Special Forces. Each year, the APK Charities Corporation will provide…