Story and photo by Kerstin Lopez
More than 600 Fort Carson community members attended the T.H.R.I.V.E. Fair at the Special Events Center May 6.
The fair focuses on Families who have a Soldier deployed, though it’s open to the entire Fort Carson community, said Maj. Bryan Webinger, event coordinator.
“The event is oriented on helping those Families realize that instead of just surviving the deployment they should thrive, as there are many opportunities, programs, training and resources out there for them to take advantage of,” Webinger said.
The fundamental principles of the T.H.R.I.V.E. program are Training, Health, Resilience, Improving quality of life, Volunteer and Education.
The fair consists of organizations from both on and off post who come together to support the Soldiers and Families of Fort Carson, said Michele Bean, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation events and entertainment coordinator.
“They provide fun activities for attendees and give them good information that they can then take back with them and put into use,” Bean said.
“T.H.R.I.V.E. represents a well-rounded program not only to provide information to attendees, but a chance for them to find resources so that they could better their community with volunteering, further their education or just find ways to have fun,” Bean said.
“The event was a tremendous success and a great resource for the Families of
Fort Carson,” Webinger said.
Grace Zavalo, a Family member who moved to Fort Carson a month ago, said she came to the fair because she wanted to find out more about post activities and programs.
“I think it’s fun and informative,” said Amanda Barton, Family member.
Barton said an event such as the T.H.R.I.V.E. Fair is an asset for the community and has a wealth of information for the public.
Sgt. Joseph Grubbs, 10th Combat Support Hospital, said the event offers opportunities for people to take a step in the right direction.
“I think it’s very good. It gives a lot of information to the general public and Soldiers so they can better their futures,” Grubbs said.