2018 Alacriant’s Adopted NEOPAT Family

Alacriant, Inc. was proud to help in 2018 a NEOPAT family again this year and help in providing presents so the Grant family can have a fabulous Christmas. We are always honored to help support Veteran family’s who have served our country in efforts to protect all of the US citizens.

The Grant family, husband and wife and their 4 small children were gracious enough to let several of the Alacriant employees as well as the owner Jeff Berkes come to their home and spend time with them and open some presents. Every year this is such a rewarding gesture and look forward to helping and supporting families in the future.


Alacriant Employees Participate in “Wreaths for Western Reserve”

On Saturday, December 13, volunteers and family members of Alacriant Inc. placed wreaths at 5,300 graves at the cemetery as part of the annual Wreaths Across America event.  Worldwide, 700,000 wreaths were placed at veterans’ graves.

Wreaths For Western Reserve solicits donations from veterans groups and other organizations to pay for the wreaths. Also, family and friends of veterans buried at the cemetery buy wreaths through the group.

The volunteer effort for the local event, Wreaths For Western Reserve, began at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 13, and was followed by a ceremony at noon. The keynote speaker was Jason Kaufmann of the Ohio Civil Air Patrol.

Representing Alacriant at the ceremony were: Michael Taylor, Rick Scheel, Bob Klusty, Zech Paul, Derek Lohr, Toni Williams, and Susan Lass. When the group arrived at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery at about 10:15am that Saturday, it was very cold and slightly snowy, but the weather did not stop the hundreds of people who came out to show their respect. Rick Scheel’s father, a four-year veteran of the Air Force, is buried in the cemetery were the wreaths were laid.

Toni Williams said, “Seeing all of the volunteers and the amount of wreaths placed was a very heartwarming experience. It was an honor to be able to give back just a little bit for those who have served and for the families that have endured.“

At the end of the two hour event, the representatives of NEOPAT and Alacriant laid more than 200 wreaths. Other volunteers on behalf of Alacriant were: Elise Taylor, Cheryl Paul, Terry Cooper.

Employees Take Pride in Marching in Cleveland’s Veteran’s Day Parade

Alacriant values its partnership with the Northeast Ohio Foundation for Patriotism (NEOPAT). We have supported the organization and its mission through various donations.  In this new year, we will be offering our employees the opportunity to show their support for our war fighters, veterans, and their families.

First stop . . . Representing NEOPAT at the City of Cleveland’s Inaugural Veterans Day parade in downtown, Cleveland on November 11.  Alacriant employees/veterans marched the parade route that started at Cleveland City Hall, then moved down Lakeside Avenue to East Ninth Street, on to Rockwell Avenue, then passing Public Square before turning on Ontario Avenue to return to City Hall.   Alacriant was honored to march on behalf of NEOPAT alongside Cleveland police officers on motorcycle and horseback, bagpipes, and drums and brass of the Collinwood and Shaw High School marching bands.  Be sure to click the story that was on cleveland.com and also watch the video.  You will see our Alacriant veterans proudly marching!