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Monthly Archives: October 2013

Hurricane Sandy: 1 Year Later

Dear Friends,

As we mark the first year since Hurricane Sandy, I am mindful of those families who are still not in their homes.  As difficult as it is to comprehend, many have not been repaired or rebuilt in the year since the storm.  The FDNY families have been taking care of each other, and trying to return to their residences.
At Friends of Firefighters, we have a unique perspective into the communities that were devastated by the disaster.  We also experienced damage, both to our old firehouse and to the homes of some of our staff.  We know first-hand how this storm has wreaked havoc on so many.

After applying for several grants to provide funding to continue (and increase) services to our Sandy affected families, we recently learned that we are the recipient of a large Superstorm Sandy Block Grant (SSBG) that will enable us to expand our base and provide more direct services to our families in need since the storm.
We thank those who supported our relief efforts from near and far, and recognize that although there is still work to do, everyone has come this far by working together. We are pleased that due to your support, Friends of Firefighters supported the over 500 FDNY families who registered with us for Sandy relief by providing labor support to 112 families, welcoming 144 families to the distribution center, and distributing over $9,000 worth of gift cards. We housed and coordinated fire departments from over 25 national and international cities. Of course, we also continued to offer our ongoing services such as counseling, financial guidance, yoga, women’s support group, and more, which are all especially needed during a time like this.

Please watch for updates as we roll out our new services, but also remember that we are still here, as […]

6th Annual Fall Gala Recap

What a night! We had a great time last Thursday at the 6th Annual Fall Gala and hope you did too. Thank you to everyone who made it a special evening. Check “Past Events” page and Facebook for more details and photos. Photo booth photos are up so find yours here!

Fall Gala: Good to Know Information

We look forward to seeing you this evening!
Below is some helpful information

Location:
Pioneer Works
159 Pioneer Street
Brooklyn, NY

Getting there:
Public transportation: B61 bus
Parking*: Street parking is available on a first come first serve basis.
*Please make sure you have a designated driver. Taxi phone numbers will be available if you need a ride home.

Dress:
Cocktail attire
Class A’s for firefighters who purchased at $75 level

Ticket purchase:
We encourage advance ticket purchase, which will close at noon on Thursday
$75 – firefighters who will arrive in their Class A’s
$100 – firefighters otherwise
$150 – general admission

Upon arrival:
There are no physical tickets; you will check-in at the front door.
If you have not purchased your ticket you may do so at the door with cash, a check made out to Friends of Firefighters, or credit card

Social Media:

We encourage you to share your event experience on social media!
Use hashtag #FallGala2013, and tag FoF on:
Twitter: @FriendsofFF
Facebook: facebook.com/friendsoffirefighters
Instagram: FriendsOfFirefighters

Auction items:
Can’t join us tomorrow? You still have a chance to bid and win! All items are listed online, so you can get the bidding started early, and can bid even if you are unable to attend the event.
Auction item donors:

American Golf Corporation
Andrew Kist Photographer
Annie Watson Photography
Aviator Sports & Events Center
Brooklyn Cyclones
BK Children’s Museum
Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Harley-Davidson
Helene Catalano & Christina Hunt
Cecilia Rudden
Chelsea Piers
The Clay Pot
Clear Channel Media & Entertainment
Dave & Buster’s
Downtown Culture Pass
FDNY Boxing
Felecia Kutch
Fireboat John J. Harvey
Glazier Group / Michael Jordan’s Steak House NYC
Heineken
Helicopter Flight Services
iHeartRadio
Jane Cronin
John Cassidy
Kevin Dermody
Kia Carbone Photography
Kye Carbone
Lucky Strike NYC
Maggie’s Treasure Chest
Marine Park Golf Course
Marriot Marquis
MAXOÖN NYC
Megan Cochran Michlik Creative
NY Daily News
NYC Fire Museum
NY Giants
NY Historical Society
NY Jets
NY Water Taxi
Original NY Firestore
Panera Bread c/o Doherty Enterprise
The People’s Practice Acupuncture
Petit Chat Photography
Pole Position Raceway
Ralph Lauren
The RIDE
Ripley’s Believe It or Not
Staten Island Children’s Museum
Statue Cruises, LLC
SusanSez NYC Walkabouts
Trey Morgan from z100
White Post Farms Animal Farm
Witmer Public Safety

Thank […]

6th Annual Fall Gala / Ticket Price Update

The Gala is fast approaching and we are very excited to share a fun and special evening with you!

Beginning 10/3 ticket prices will remain $100 for firefighters who will not be wearing their Class A’s to the event (please be prepared to show ID). Price will remain at $75 for firefighters who will be wearing their Class A’s to the event. Price will increase to $150, as planned, for all others. Purchase online, over the phone, or mail in a check.

Some highlights of the evening will include:

Live Band
Photobooth
Outdoor Garden
Celebrity Appearances
Honorees**
Auction
50/50

FDNY firefighters – as with previous years we look forward to enjoying dinner prepared by you. You will automatically be entered into a contest when you submit your signature dish. Send us your form to be included.

If you are coming from out of town view our hotel recommendations.

See you at Pioneer Works on October 17th!

**Please note: Gary Sinise is unable to attend the event and will be accepting his honor via video.

6th Annual Fall Gala / October 17

The Gala is fast approaching and we are very excited to share a fun and special evening with you!

Some highlights of the evening will include:

Live Band
Photobooth
Outdoor Garden
Celebrity Appearances
Auction
50/50

Tomorrow is the last day to purchase your Fall Gala tickets at $100 before the price increases to $150! Firefighters who plan on wearing their Class A’s pay $75. Purchase online, over the phone, or mail in a check.

It is also the last week to take out a journal ad (firehouses receive 50% discount). What a great way to advertise your business or recognize the honorees, all while supporting Friends of Firefighters. It is not too late to be a sponsor or donate an auction item, either, and if you submit your information this week you will be included in the journal.

FDNY firefighters – as with previous years we look forward to enjoying dinner prepared by you. You will automatically be entered into a contest when you submit your signature dish. Send us your form this week to be included in the journal.

If you are coming from out of town view our hotel recommendations.

See you at Pioneer Works on October 17th!