Chamber of Commerce invites the public to the Secret Soldiers ribbon cutting and car/bike show

Contributed Photo/Courtesy Graham County Chamber of Commerce: Shown are some of the car entries from last year’s event. This year’s event will be Sunday, May 1.

Contributed Article/Courtesy Graham County Chamber of Commerce

SAFFORD – The Graham County Chamber of Commerce invites the public to the Secret Soldiers nonprofit ribbon cutting and car/bike show on May 1 at the Safford American Legion at 531 S. 11th Ave., in Safford. The ribbon-cutting will be at 1 p.m. and the car/bike show will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Contributed Photo/Courtesy Graham County Chamber of Commerce: Shown are some motorcycles from the 2021 event.

The Secret Soldiers nonprofit group was formed in the Spring of 2020 by Nicole Bratlee.  A registered nonprofit, Secret Soldiers sends individualized addressed care packages to active military personnel overseas in an effort to curb active-duty suicide. Volunteers working with Secret Soldiers assemble care packages valued between $100 to $150 containing items such as snacks, entertainment items, letters of support, and hygiene products. 

The annual car show funds the purchase of the care packages and postage, Bratlee said. 

“Our military matters and their mental status matters too,” she said. “Our motto is, ‘You matter.’”

The vehicle entrance fee to the show is $20. The event will include food, music, drawings, and a 50/50 raffle. For more information and to pre-register contact Bratlee at 520-224-0944. 

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