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LH-Finance makes donation to military and first-responder aid group

Gary DeSanctis (left), Active Interest Media Marine Group publisher and general manager, is shown with his son Louie, who helped conduct outreach in Houston with Sheep Dog Impact Assistance after Hurricane Harvey; LH-Finance president and CEO Hervé Bonnet; and Michael Nimmo and Scott West, both of SDIA.

Gary DeSanctis (left), Active Interest Media Marine Group publisher and general manager, is shown with his son Louie, who helped conduct outreach in Houston with Sheep Dog Impact Assistance after Hurricane Harvey; LH-Finance president and CEO Hervé Bonnet; and Michael Nimmo and Scott West, both of SDIA.

LH-Finance has donated $10,000 to Sheep Dog Impact Assistance, a nonprofit designed to engage, assist and empower the nation’s “Sheep Dogs” — those who make up military and first-responder professions.

The donation will provide much-needed funding to sponsor Sheep Dogs injured in combat or the line of duty to participate in SDIA’s Outdoor Adventure Program, Disaster Response Mission and Holiday Outreach Programs.

“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of LH-Finance,” said SDIA president and founder Sgt. Maj. Lance Nutt in a statement. “Our missions to engage and assist our nation’s Sheep Dogs will be enhanced tremendously as a result of this donation. We are extremely excited to sponsor as many Sheep Dogs in need as possible with the support of LH-Finance.”

“We are very humbled and honored to support such a great cause, and at the end of the day this is what LH-Finance is about,” company president and CEO Hervé Bonnet told Trade Only Today. “Our primary goal is uniting people and their dreams, whether through financing or community efforts.”

Invited to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show by Active Interest Media — the group that owns Trade Only Today — to increase awareness of its missions, Sheep Dog Impact Assistance was introduced to LH-Finance, the group organizing the show’s VIP experience.

Customers who were pre‐qualified received complimentary admission for two and a VIP package that also included complimentary admission to the AIM Marine Group’s VIP Pavilion.

“They were inside the VIP Pavilion with us at FLIBS. Them being there was already a guarantee of seriousness and commitment, and this is how we met the team,” LH-Finance marketing director Helene Baudet told Trade Only. “Talking to them, we realized that what they do speaks to us: We want to be present and help our community. We were impressed by their mission — to provide a civilian framework through which trained emergency and military personnel extend their service to society.”

“This year, particularly with the hurricanes, we have seen that natural disasters can strike anywhere anytime and we were looking for a way to do our part,” Baudet said. “We particularly like the fact that when a natural disaster strikes, teams of skilled Sheep Dogs and other volunteers are deployed to provide immediate impact assistance to devastated communities.”

SDIA said it hosts Outdoor Adventures throughout the year for fellow Sheep Dogs to provide them with the camaraderie and peer support that may be missing after a shift or tour of duty ends — two vital elements that promote a positive state of mind and perspective. For sponsored Sheep Dogs, these adventures are much more than a getaway, SDIA said.

Although the outings are fun and exciting, injured Sheep Dogs' participation in these events is critical to their healing, SDIA said. Participating presents them with new challenges that test their rehabilitation progress, restores independence and self‐confidence and gets them off the couch and re-engaged in living life to the fullest, SDIA said.

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