The Veterans Trust, in partnership with The Human Baton, held their highly anticipated Tribute to America’s Heroes event on September 11. Four teams representing law enforcement, fire department, military, and local patriots participated in a Human Baton exhibition that included skydiving from helicopters, Thundercat boat exhibitions, drift cars around Las Olas Beach Park, and GT sports cars down SR A1A. Located at Las Olas Oceanside Park, on A1A and Las Olas, the inaugural Tribute to America’s Heroes honored First Responders and those that protect our country and communities by coming together to celebrate the freedoms we share while cheering heroes to victory. Event producers Stev Stephens, Phil Carrington, and Brett Williamson are best known as the team behind the obstacle course for the successful Ninja Warrior brand. Their newest project, The Human Baton, is a global high-energy relay race with multiple stages over land, sea, air, and online. Their goal is to capture the energy of the race into a one-day immersive experience with Fort Lauderdale as the backdrop. Fred Roger, Executive Director of The Veterans Trust, said “By bringing together the community in a unique manner to express the patriotism and love of country, our goal is to commemorate the events of 9/11, pay tribute to our American heroes and celebrate those that stand to defend this nation.” Las Olas Oceanside Park was transformed into a community affair with a family-friendly kid zone hosted by FLIPANY, a pop-up food village serving up the area’s most delectable eats, an opportunity to learn more about our military and first responders, video game trucks and simulators provided by local US Military organizations, an exclusive VIP village with refreshing cocktails, and a collection of the city’s tastemakers. The mission behind The Human Baton experiences is to leave each city a better place than when they found it. All net proceeds will be distributed by The Veterans Trust to eight local nonprofits. Funds will support critical initiatives in the local community focused on employment, education, and various veteran programs.