Big thanks to 77 WABC Radio for hosting a Veterans Day luncheon to honor our Veterans in New York City. Several Veteran community leaders received awards for their efforts supporting the Veteran community in New York City. The luncheon included a mix of Veterans, active-duty, and civilian supporters of the Veteran community. The event was headlined by singer & songwriter Tony Orlando. John Catsmitidis, the founder of Red Apple Group and owner of 77 WABC Radio, was present at the event to show his support for the Veteran community. 77 WABC Radio talk show host Curtis Sliwa was also in attendance. Several members of Veterans of New York were present at the event, including founder Colin O'Leary. The luncheon was held at the Empire Steakhouse in Midtown Manhattan on Tuesday, November 10th .
Checkout the photos of the event below.
Veterans of New York hosted a running meetup in Central Park on Saturday, October 10th. The weather turned out to be perfect and the event was a huge success overall. Big thanks to all who participated. We are planning to organize another running event like this in the springtime. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be added to our mailing list for future events. Checkout a few photos from the running event in Central Park below.
Each year NYC theater company Waterwell hosts an event for Memorial Day called Fleet Week Follies as a way to bring together the military and civilian community for a day of celebration and entertainment.. Unfortunately they are unable to host the event this spring due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead they will be hosting a virtual event. See below for details.
A SERIES OF INFORMAL CONVERSATIONS TO BRING TOGETHER MILITARY + CIVILIAN COMMUNITIES DURING MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
On Saturday, May 23, Waterwell will launch this series of informal 45-minute conversations via video chat. Each 'room' will have 8-9 participants, about half of whom have a military affiliation and half of whom are civilians and/or essential workers. With 2 co-facilitators to host the room - one from NYC's arts and entertainment world and one from the military - we will hope to create a fertile space for everyone in the room to participate, express themselves, and share some experiences about life during COVID.
These Conversations will happen on Saturday, May 23 at 1:00p, 2:30p + 4:00p, Eastern Time
Are you interested? Fill out the sign-up form, here
*Please Note: Space for this project is limited. Signing up does not automatically guarantee you a spot, though we are looking forward to accommodating as many people as we can. Look for an email with more information and if you are confirmed to participate.
To find out about other Fleet Week Follies activities, follow Waterwell on social media: Facebook, Instagram + Twitter.
Or visit our website: waterwell.org/fleetweekfollies/
Veterans of New York hosted our second virtual roll call on Wednesday, April 21st. We had a diverse group of Veterans on the call from the various branches and time periods. The virtual roll call included leaders from various Veterans organizations such as Marines of New York, Tennis Serving Vets, We Belong Network, American Legion, Mission Continues, and Team Red, White & Blue. Veterans of New York is planning to another another virtual roll call in a few weeks. If you would like to attend please email us at Veteransofnewyork@gmail.com
Veterans of New York hosted a meetup in New York City on Saturday, December 14th to watch the Army Vs. Navy football game. Everyone had a great time getting together to watch the game. Navy won the game 31-7 to bring their record to 10-2 on the season. Army is having a difficult year as their record fell to 5-8. The event was held at Overlook NYC, which is a Veteran-owned establishment on E. 44th Street in midtown Manhattan. Stay tuned for future events!
Veterans of New York Founder Colin R. O'Leary was the keynote speaker at St. John's University in NYC for the Kappa Sigma Military Heroes Dinner back on November 7th. The fundraising dinner is hosted annually by the Kappa Sigma fraternity at St. John's University. The fraternity hosts the event annually as a way to raise money for Veterans charities and non-profits.
O'Leary spoke to a crowd of about 200 at the event, which included students, faculty, staff, Veterans, and active duty military. His speech honored Veterans for their service and he also shared some professional advice that he developed in the military and civilian world.
The event included dinner, raffles for gift baskets, and a 50/50 raffel. It was a big success overall. Thousands of dollars were raised at the event to support Veterans organizations through Kappa Sigma's on-going Kappa Sigma Military Heroes Campaign.
The NYC Veterans Day Parade was held on Monday, November 11th, 2019. It was the 100th year anniversary, or the centennial, for the parade in New York City. The weather was perfect and it was a great turnout. Checkout some photos from the parade below, which were shared by Veterans and supporters. Please feel free to email us your photos at VeteransofNewYork@gmail.com if you would like your photos to be included in this post!