What: Stars & Stripes Gala Dinner raising proceeds to benefit local veteran assistance programs and homeownership efforts in Idaho.
Speakers: Jesse & Kelly Cottle
Who: Established in 2011, the USA Homeownership Foundation, Inc. (DBA VAREP), is a 501(c)3, dedicated to improving the lives of veterans through education, housing, economic development, and philanthropy. Note: We were established in 2011 as a California corporation and, once we received our federal 501(c)3 tax-exempt IRS status on November 15, 2012, we started operating as a national nonprofit.
When: Dec 2, 2023 from 5:00 PM—11:00 PM MT
Where: The Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden Blvd., Boise ID 83714
RSVP: Kim Bird 208-794-4249 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn More and view auction items: https://varepgala.afrogs.org/#/index
Boise, Idaho – Open Enrollment for health insurance in Idaho began October 15. Idahoans
can enroll in 2024 medical and dental coverage through Your Health Idaho, the state’s health insurance
marketplace. Enrolling is as easy as ever, with applying for a tax credit and health insurance on the same
application. Within minutes, Idahoans will know the amount of tax credit they qualify for to cover some
or all of their monthly health insurance premiums.
With rates for health insurance decreasing for 2024, Idahoans are encouraged to make sure they are
taking full advantage of all the cost savings available to them, making coverage even more affordable.
Over 88 percent of current enrollees receive a tax credit, and one in four pay $0 for their monthly
premium. Many Idahoans also qualify for Cost-Sharing Reductions, which are only available on Silver
plans. These extra savings help lower the cost of things like co-pays, deductibles, and out-of-pocket
maximum; it's worth taking the time to compare the different plan levels and options.
“While prices for almost everything seem to be trending up, Idahoans will see decreases in health
insurance in 2024. We hope all Idahoans who need coverage but don’t think they can afford it will take a
moment to see what Your Health Idaho has to offer; they’ll be surprised at just how affordable health
insurance can be,” said Pat Kelly, Your Health Idaho Executive Director.
All 12 insurance carriers will continue to offer plans through Your Health Idaho but with more choices:
154 medical and 21 dental plans are available. Every county has at least four carriers to choose from;
most have six to eight.
“We are excited about the number of plans offered through Your Health Idaho for 2024, giving Idahoans
more choices to find the coverage that fits their lifestyle,” said Mr. Kelly.,. “Idahoans new to Your Health
Idaho will know within minutes of submitting their application the amount of tax credit they qualify for
and can then shop for a plan.”
Open Enrollment only happens once a year, from October 15 to December 15. Idahoans currently
enrolled through Your Health Idaho are automatically renewed for 2024. Those who do not enroll by
December 15 will have to wait to enroll until next October unless they have a major life event like
getting married, having a baby, or moving. Anyone who has not previously qualified for a tax credit can
check again to find out if they are eligible.
For Idahoans who are unsure about how to enroll or determine if they qualify for a tax credit, Your
Health Idaho recommends working with a certified agent or broker, many of whom are bi-lingual. These
are local experts whose help is available at no cost. To find a certified agent or broker near you, visit
Now is also when Idahoans with unaffordable employer-sponsored coverage can enroll through Your
Health Idaho. Certified agents can assist in determining if the cost of current employer-sponsored
coverage is considered unaffordable. They can walk Idahoans through the process and answer
Idahoans who want health insurance for the upcoming year must pick their plan by midnight on
December 15, 2023. Your Health Idaho is urging Idahoans not to wait until the last minute to apply.
Coverage for plans selected during Open Enrollment begins January 1, 2024.
We have a fighter entering the cage in the next Front Street Fights card on December 8th! Our very own Tevin Torres will be making his MMA debut! We’ve been on the last 2 FSF cards, and if you’ve attended or streamed, it’s a GREAT show. It’s an absolutely electric environment, and extremely professional from start to finish. We’re seeking sponsors to help support Tevin and his fight camp. So if you’re interested in a sponsorship opportunity, read on! Sponsoring our athletes means contributing funds for their camp and allowing them to focus on what they do best - train, perform, and spread the message of what it means to be part of the PIT family, here in Boise.
Tevin is a cherished member of our team, family, and a well-loved kids coach by all our youth students. We're stoked for the opportunity for him to showcase his skills and love for this sport here in Boise!
“Howzit! My name is Tevin Torres. I was born and raised in Hawaii and now I'm up here in Idaho trying to pursue a career in MMA while making sure to keep spreading the Aloha spirit in and out of the gym. I’ve been training at The PIT for 2 years and am a Blue Belt in Hawaiian Kempo (our striking martial art) and a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.”
Sponsorships are vital for combat sports athletes, contributing funds for camp and letting them focus on their road to the cage! We’ve partnered with many AMAZING sponsors in the past who have all stepped up to sponsor our last 3 fights, many of which are repeat sponsors. Below are some details on sponsorship perks:
• *SOLD OUT* Option for logo placement on competition tee shirt (worn at walkout by fighter, coach, and cornerman, and worn by member/supports who purchase for fight night)
• *4 REMAINING* Option for logo placement on banner (held cage side at the fighter walkout and announcement)
• * SOLD OUT* Option for logo placement on fight shorts (worn in photos for social media posts, at weigh-ins, and during the fight)
• Tagged in social media mentions throughout fight camp and post-fight
• Added to The PIT’s “yellow pages” for trusted business when referring to our membership base
BECOME A SPONSOR FOR TEVIN'S FSF 27 FIGHT CAMP
If you or other businesses you know are interested in becoming a sponsor, please let me know by replying to this email, or text/call (phone details in signature) and we can get the ball rolling!
Thank you so much for your consideration!!
The PIT Idaho
CLICK HERE to schedule your first class FREE
The Private Sector Preparedness Response and Recovery (PSPR2): Mass Casualty Impact and Recovery Seminar Series will share critical infrastructure best practices, valuable lessons, and planning resources and tools to assist with mass casualty impact and recovery. The 9-part series will bring together experts from the business community as well as Local, State, and the Federal government who have dealt with these events firsthand to deliver this ground-breaking seminar series and provide business the means to develop their own nuanced “playbook” for similar events.
Traumatic events are not immune to those who want to take advantage of the situation for their own personal gain. Session 8 will help participants navigate the avenues of exploitation and prepare managers and employees against potential scams and scammers who see tragedy as an opportunity.
By approaching this subject holistically, it is PSPR2’s hope that we can begin to prepare the private sector to navigate the layers of complexity that often can threaten the very existence of businesses, and the lives of both their employees and customers in the communities they serve.
Chuck Balaj: Chuck Balaj is a Task Force Officer with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, where he has been assigned since 2016. Task Force Officers are local law enforcement officers assigned to federal task forces, and Chuck came to the FBI from the Oakwood Public Safety Department in Ohio where he is a lieutenant. Oakwood officers are cross trained as police officers, firefighters and paramedics. Chuck has over thirty-five years of public safety experience, including twenty-seven years with two SWAT teams, where he held positions as a tactical medic, medic commander, operator, team leader and most recently tactical commander of the Kettering Regional SWAT team. Chuck has been involved in multiple terrorism investigations as a Task Force Officer, including being the case agent on two international terrorism cases where the subjects were convicted and are currently serving sentences in federal prison. Chuck was also assigned to the team that conducted the investigation after the Dayton Oregon District mass shooting event in 2019. In 2022, Chuck was presented with the U.S. Attorney General Award for Excellence in Furthering the Interests of U.S. National Security
Dan Eder: Dan Eder is the Manager for the Lake County Emergency Management Agency and has been with the organization since 2016. Prior to his employment with Lake County, he was the Assistant Director of Community Health Resources with the Kane County Health Department. Dan has a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Environmental Health degree from Northern Illinois University, a Master of Public Health degree from Benedictine University, is a Licensed Environmental Health Practitioner (LEHP), and is also an Illinois Professional Emergency Manager (IPEM). He is also currently the Vice President for Region 4 for the Illinois Emergency Services Management Association (IESMA). Dan has responded to numerous incidents prior to, and during his time, at Lake County. He is passionate about utilizing strategic planning methods and forming strong partnerships to help develop projects and initiatives to help better prepare Lake County before, during, and after an incident or event. He and his wife Melicia Eder, have two children, Logan and Liana. is the Manager for the Lake County Emergency Management Agency and has been with the organization since 2016. Prior to his employment with Lake County, he was the Assistant Director of Community Health Resources with the Kane County Health Department. Dan has a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Environmental Health degree from Northern Illinois University, a Master of Public Health degree from Benedictine University, is a Licensed Environmental Health Practitioner (LEHP), and is also an Illinois Professional Emergency Manager (IPEM). He is also currently the Vice President for Region 4 for the Illinois Emergency Services Management Association (IESMA). Dan has responded to numerous incidents prior to, and during his time, at Lake County. He is passionate about utilizing strategic planning methods and forming strong partnerships to help develop projects and initiatives to help better prepare Lake County before, during, and after an incident or event. He and his wife Melicia Eder, have two children, Logan and Liana.
Ghida Neukirch: Ghida Neukirch is a municipal leader and community advocate with 30 years of experience in local government management. She is the first female City Manager for the City of Highland Park, IL. As a first-generation proud American, having moved to the United States from Beirut, Lebanon in 1976, she is dedicated to promoting inclusivity and fairness for all.
As City Manager for the City of Highland Park, IL, a progressive community located on the shore of Lake Michigan with more than 30,000 residents, Neukirch directs the operations for the City. She is responsible for the management of a $118 MM budget and 273 employees. Neukirch has balanced 11 consecutive budgets and has ensured that the City maintains a Aaa bond rating, the highest bond rating available and a testament to sound financial planning and management. In addition, she oversaw the reconstruction of the City’s $35 MM water plant; negotiated and coordinated the consolidation of fire and emergency medical services between the City of Highland Park and Highwood; and served as Incident Commander managing the community’s response to the 2022 Highland Park mass shooting, working in partnership with City departments, federal, state, county and local governments and community partners.
Neukirch serves on a broad range of professional, civic, and philanthropic boards and committees. She is a Board Member of the Illinois Law Enforcement Training & Standards Board, Board Member of the Illinois Local Government Hispanic Network, Board Member and Past-President of the Rotary Club of Highland Park/Highwood. She serves on the Board of the Northwest Municipal Conference representing Highland Park and more than forty municipalities in the region and is past-Treasurer of the organization. She is a Credentialed Manager by the International City/County Management Association and Past President of the Illinois City/County Management Association.
In 2012, Neukirch began her employment with the City of Highland Park as the Deputy City Manager and was promoted to City Manager in 2014. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Psychology from DePaul University and a Masters of Public Administration with an emphasis in Urban Management from Northern Illinois University. She and her husband Scot Neukirch, have two children, Jaclyn & Zachary.