CCF Gala Raises Funds to Support Veterans and Their Families
Carrington Charitable Foundation (CCF), the nonprofit organization of The Carrington Companies, hosted its second annual Gala on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at the historic Belle Haven Club in Greenwich, Connecticut. The successful event raised funds to support Veterans returning from post 9/11 battlefields through CCF initiatives that provide:
Mobility: CCF financially supports The Veterans Airlift Command (VAC), which provides free private air transportation to wounded Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots.
Stability: Carrington House provides custom, adaptive homes for catastrophically injured Veterans.
Purpose and Prosperity: The Veteran Support Program supports Veterans’ return to civilian life after their time of service by supporting Veteran lead entrepreneurship opportunities, as well as other like-minded nonprofits that are working in the same space to improve the mental health and mindset of Veterans.
“For the second year, we are deeply grateful to our donors for their generosity,” said Shelly Lawrence, Executive Director of Community Relations, Carrington Charitable Foundation. “Our commitment to supporting America’s military heroes is ongoing and unwavering, and the proceeds from this year’s Gala will do much to support CCF’s mission and the wounded Veterans we serve.”
Emceed by Carrington EVP Rick Sharga, Gala events included a live auction, silent auction and wine cork pull. Guests bid on such items as an exclusive vacation in Positano, Italy, and a wine tasting trip in Napa Valley. Four Veteran speakers addressed the audience:
Mobility Speaker: VAC representative and beneficiary, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Adam Kisielewski, spoke about how the VAC has been able to help him since he was injured serving our country.
Stability Speaker: Carrington House Recipient U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jesse Clingman, accompanied by his wife, Alexis, spoke about what their new Carrington House home means to them and their family.
Purpose Speaker: U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills spoke about what he has been able to accomplish after being helped by CCF. He now shows other injured Veterans through his retreat that, despite being injured, they still have a purpose and can find a “new normal” in life.
Prosperity Speaker: U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Johnnie Yellock spoke about The Honor Foundation nonprofit, and how CCF’s support for THF enables more military Veterans to participate in their program and reintegrate back into a civilian society after military service.
Carrington CEO and Founder Bruce Rose closed the speaking program with a persuasive call to action, emphasizing the importance of donor support for Veterans through CCF.
To learn more about the Veterans whom Carrington supports, please visit: http://carringtoncf.org/veterans-we-honor/.