As we look back over the last 22 years since the attacks of September 11th devastated our nation and changed the course of history forever. We are encouraged to remember the sacrifices made and not forget the memory of those who lost their lives that day and continue to lose their battle with 9-11 related illnesses.
In an effort to honor the incredible strength, resilience, and courage of the American people both during and the days after this attack the Armando Borjas Jr Scholarship along with the City of Apopka and the Apopka Fire and Police Departments will be hosting a September 11th Memorial 5k and the “Together as One Festival” in Downtown Apopka.
This year's course starts on Fifth street, a thriving part of downtown Apopka’s Community Redevelopment Area and our scenic course offers a mix of suburban, city, and park views, with moderate hills and a pedestrian bridge overpass.
Musical Performances by
What: Second Annual “Together as One Festival” / Third Annual 9-11 Memorial 5k
Where: 5k Opening Ceremony: Apopka City Hall 120 E Main St, Apopka, FL 32703 Together as One Festival: 40 E 5th St, Apopka, FL 32703
When: 5k Opening Ceremony 7:15 am
5k Race 8:00 am
Together as One Festival 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Armando spent 14 years fighting fires and saving lives with the Apopka Fire Department and 7 years active duty with the United States Marine Corp. In 2011 Armando was diagnosed with stage IV esophageal cancer, which he battled for 2 years until his death at age 39.
In an effort to keep Armando's memory alive and carry on his legacy of public service, the Armando Borjas Jr Scholarship was established in 2015.
Through the years this foundation has help raised awareness for Fire Department related cancer, PTSD, and mental health programs, assisted many local organizations with further helping those in need within the Apopka community and creating a scholarship that helps send local youth to Fire and EMT school.
Our Mission: To provide financial support to first-responders and aspiring first-responders for professional education while concurrently engaging in local community awareness activities and support to families of fallen and injured first-responders.
Our Vision: A Foundation of influence that is a source of compassion, hope, and support.