On September 10, 2015, the SEAL- NSW Family Foundation hosted its first-ever New York City Gala Dinner at Pier 60 in Manhattan. Taking place the evening before 9/11, the event brought together hundreds of people as the organization honored our country’s brave U.S. Navy SEALs and their resilient families.
Retired Air Force 4-Star General Michael Hayden, Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, was the keynote speaker. Hayden highlighted for more than 400 guests his perspective about the state of U.S. National Security affairs and how the work of the U.S. Navy SEALs and other U.S. military services is going to be more important than ever.
The event, designed to raise awareness about the need for resilient families also raised nearly $1 million to support the SEAL-NSW Family Foundation. The evening kicked off with a Naval Special Warfare unique silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind memorabilia items. This was followed by a special FDNY’s Three Forty Three fireboat water display. The boat’s name comes from the number of FDNY members killed in the line of duty on September 11th, 2001 – for days following the terrorist attack the only water available to the area was provided by the FDNY’s Marine Units.
The title sponsor was Michael Liberty of Liberty Companies and Founder of Mozido, who made this event possible. In his remarks, he discussed why the U.S. Navy SEALs and their families are our heroes and how much it means to support them.
Colonel Jack H. Jacobs, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient and NBC military analyst emceed the evening. Also in attendance were retired SEAL and Medal of Honor Recipient, Mike Thornton; 31st FDNY Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta; 32nd FDNY Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano; the current and 33rd FDNY Commissioner, Daniel A. Nigro.
“We take care of their family while they protect ours,” said CAPT (Ret) William R. Fenick, the Executive Director of the SEAL-NSW Family Foundation. “With support of these event fundraisers, our organization is able to focus on one of the most crucial units within Naval Special Warfare – the families. We are extraordinarily grateful to Mr. Michael Liberty and everyone who contributed to making this very special event a success.”
About SEAL – Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation
The SEAL-Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation supports individual and family readiness through an array of programs specifically targeted to assist the Naval Special Warfare community in maintaining a resilient, sustainable, and healthy force in this era of persistent conflict and frequent deployments. SEALs ability to stay fit and focused determines the success of every mission; part of our job is to facilitate that focus by ensuring every Naval Special Warfare service member knows their family is, and will be, taken care of. Our motto is “Taking Care of THEIR families While They Protect OURS.” Our Family Foundation programs include Family Graduation Dinners, Sisterhood Meetings, Family Resiliency Retreats, NSW Kids Programs to assist families with children with special needs, Bereavement Support, Family Readiness Group Grants, Emergency Assistance, and Wounded Warrior and Fallen Hero Family Support. For more information or to make a donation, visit sealfamilyfoundation.org.