Ashford University, an educational institution owned by Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (NYSE: BPI), donated $15,000 to the Southern California Division of Operation Homefront through the Homers for Heroes program. Ashford University pledged to donate $2,500 for each home run hit by the San Diego Padres during this season’s Sunday home games and the donation represents a final tally of six home runs. The donation helps provide emergency financial services and other assistance to the families of service members, and to injured American soldiers, marines, airmen and sailors.
“It’s only with fantastic donors like Ashford University that we are able to help relieve service members’ families of financial pressure, so they can focus on the daily stress of what they are going through,” Jay Anderson, president of Operation Homefront of Southern California said. “We rely entirely on these donations, so without them, we couldn’t operate.”
The university’s support of Homers for Heroes is further representation of Ashford’s commitment to the San Diego community and their charitable support of the U.S. military and its constituents.
“Operation Homefront is an outstanding organization committed to improving the lives of service members and their families,” Doug Barling, senior director of military relations at Ashford University said. “We believe it just makes sense to partner with organizations that share our sense of responsibility in helping those who protect this great nation.”
Other supporters of Operation Homefront Southern California include Albertson’s, DLA Piper, the Land of the Free Foundation, Microsoft, San Grainger, Boeing, Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Society of Military Engineers, Crean Foundation, Anaheim Ducks, Bank of America, Heroes for Hope,WD-40 Company, Outback Steakhouse and WalMart.
About Bridgepoint Education
Bridgepoint Education’s postsecondary education services focus on offering associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in such disciplines as business, education, psychology, social sciences and health sciences. Bridgepoint Education’s regionally accredited academic institutions – Ashford University and University of the Rockies – deliver their programs online as well as at traditional campuses located in Clinton, Iowa, and Colorado Springs, Colorado. For more information about Bridgepoint Education, visit www.bridgepointeducation.com or call Shari Rodriguez, associate vice president of Public Relations, at 858.668.2580.
About Ashford University
Founded in 1918, Ashford University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org). The University offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs online and at its Clinton, Iowa, campus. The University is known for its high quality yet highly affordable online and on-campus programs. For more information, please visit www.ashford.edu or call Shari Rodriguez, associate vice president of Public Relations, at 858.513.9240 x2513.
About Operation Homefront Southern California
Operation Homefront Southern California provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors. A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront Southern California leads more than 660 volunteers and met more than 13,290 emergency financial and morale needs in 2010. For more information about Operation Homefront Southern California, please visit www.operationhomefront.net/socal.