By Sandy Meyer

Warriors logoMy Warrior’s Place is hosting a ‘Name the Boat’ Contest for the newest addition to its facility. A 27” pontoon boat was recently acquired and refurbished, allowing it to accommodate up to four wheelchairs for its FAVE Boating Expeditions Program.

My Warrior’s Place was created by Kelly Kowall whose 20-year-old son, Corey, was killed in Afghanistan in 2009. It is a Retreat Center for veterans, military service members and families of the service members who have experienced the loss of a military member. Its mission is to honor, support and promote healing of the mind and spirit by providing a relaxed setting and a safe harbor and to be a resource to any military service member, veteran or military family member whose life has been touched and forever changed by the death of a fallen warrior. The new boat will help by allowing a quiet retreat for fishing or just enjoying a quiet day on the water.

Participating in the Name the Boat contest is simple. Visit and click on the Fundraising tab and then click on Name the Boat. Each entry is $5 and can be paid online. Monies raised from the contest will be used for the upcoming FAVE boating trips.

“There are no limits on entries,” said Kowall.

Entries can also be mailed with checks written to My Warriors Place and mailed to 101 22nd St. NW #112, Ruskin, FL 33570.

The deadline for submitting names is Thursday, December 30, after which a committee will narrow the entries down to 10 names. These 10 names will then be available online during the month of January for voting from the public.

“The winner will be announced on Saturday, February 1 on Facebook and on the Website. That’s in honor of my son; that’s his birthday,” said Kowall.

The winner of the contest will be invited, along with a guest of their choice, to ride on the maiden voyage. The winner will also receive a three day, two night stay in the little cottage at My Warrior’s Place. To find out more about the contest and the services that My Warrior’s Place offers, visit or call 321-0880.

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