Wednesday 5/23/12 from 5:30-8:30pm at Ruvo's Italian restaurant & bar (105 Wynn Lane, Port Jefferson NY). Tickets are $15 at the door and includes a buffet graciously donated by Rob at Ruvo's. There will be raffles, happy hour drink specials and entertainment by Tommy Sullivan of Johnny Maestro & the Brooklyn Bridge. This fundraiser is to help raise the money for a 9/11 Search & Rescue dog bronze statue. This statue will be added to the existing memorial that was dedicated on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11. The memorial is located in the Town of Brookhaven, at the Diamond in the Pines Park in Coram. Below are links to news articles about the dog memorial. The money is being raised through Rocky Point VFW Post 6249 http://vfw6249.org/memorial.html
The 2nd part of the fundraiser is to benefit the USS Michael Murphy commissioning committee. The commissioning of the ship will be on 10/6/2012 at Pier 88 in NYC. Navy SEAL Lt Michael Murphy of Patchogue received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions and ultimate sacrifice during Operation Red Wings on 6/28/2005. He wore the FDNY L53 E43 patch from El Barrio's Bravest on his uniform - his best friend Owen was a member of El Barrios Bravest on 9-11-01; Owen's uncle FDNY Ladder Co 4 Lt Daniel O'Callaghan of Smithtown NY perished in the twin towers. El Barrios Bravest has attended every event for Lt Murphy, has a tribute wall in their firehouse and mementos from L53 E43 will sail proudly aboard the USS Michael Murphy.
Just as our first responders tirelessly searched through the rubble at Ground Zero, so did many teams of handlers with Search & Rescue dogs. Many of these dogs wore their paws raw and died early because of respiratory problems. Words like LOYALTY and PERSEVERANCE describe not only our firefighters and rescue canines, but our military service members.
Please join us for a memorable evening honoring our heroes!
For more info contact Rich Acritelli of the Rocky Point VFW Post 6249 631-839-2996 or Joanne Lombardi with the USS Michael Murphy Commissioning Committee 631-807-1813 @jolo219 on twitter or email email@example.com
9/11 Search & Rescue Dog Memorial News Articles: http://www.northshoreoflongisland.com/Articles-Features-i-2012-02-09-91267.112114-sub18236.112114-They-paid-a-price-with-their-paws.html