APK Charity Bear - 20Media20 - West Hartford CT - Media Group
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Sponsor: West Hartford Funeral Homes and WTNH

Artist: Bryan Wziontko

Non-profit: APK Charities


Like Special Forces soldiers and their families all across the United States, Connecticut military families have made- and continue to make- enormous sacrifices for the safety and well being of their country. Among those who have made the ultimate sacrifice is Connecticut native Capt. Andrew Pedersen Keel, who on March 11, 2013, was killed in action in Afghanistan, while serving as the commander of his Special Forces detachment. Capt. Pedersen Keel’s parents, Bob and Helen Pedersen-Keiser, created the APK Charities Corporation and the APK 5K/5K Ruck Walk/March to honor and remember their son’s ultimate sacrifice. APK Charities seeks to raise awareness and support for our country’s active, retired, wounded and fallen warriors and their families, and to provide financial aid and material assistance to charitable organizations and causes.

For more information visit: www.APKcharities.org



West Hartford Funeral Homes and WTNH

Embracing traditional values and accompanying families as they say goodbye to loved ones is the hallmark of West Hartford’s three independent and locally owned funeral homes. Each offers years of care, compassion and years of experience in honoring the lives of the people they serve and comforting families of all faiths traditions and backgrounds.

Sheehan Hilborn Breen Funeral Home, located in the Elmwood section of West Hartford, embraces traditional values, diversity and innovation in honoring the spirit and life of each person they serve. They offer complete ethical care and genuine compassion so that families can focus on comforting each other as they prepare to say goodbye to someone dear to them.

For more information visit: Sheehanhilbornbreen.com

Molloy Funeral home is an independent, locally-owned, family-operated service, dedicated to ensuring families of all faiths, traditions, and backgrounds are able to remember their loved ones in a way that is tasteful and comforting to them. With more than 100 years of experience, Molloy Funeral Home stands ready to serve their community when they need it most.

For more information: Molloyfuneralhome.com

For more than 100 years, the Jewish community of West Hartford and the surrounding area has trusted Hebrew Funeral Association Inc. with providing traditional Jewish funeral services for their friends and loved ones. They take care of all arrangements and preparations while accompanying mourners through this difficult time, accompanying families in their time of need.

For information visit: Hebrewfuneral.com

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Bryan Wziontko

Bryan Wziontko holds a Bachelors of Fine Art in Illustration from Paier College of Art and his certification in Art Education from Southern Connecticut State University. He has taught art at Rocky Hill High School since 2011. Bryan specializes in Ceramics and 3D Design. Follow Brian on Instagram at @b_chunka_art