Navy Beach is honoring Montauk’s Naval history and continuing its partnership with the Navy SEAL Foundation to help raise awareness and funds with the fourth annual fundraiser for the organization. The Navy SEAL Foundation provides immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community, their families, and the families of the fallen, wounded and also transitioning NSW veterans. On Saturday, June 18th from 3:30–5:30 p.m., Navy Beach will host a cocktail party to benefit the Navy SEAL Foundation. The cocktail party will be the official kick-off to a fourth season of fundraising efforts at the restaurant. This year’s event will include featured guest Long Island native RDML (SEAL) Thomas R. Richards, USN ret., former Commander of Naval Special Warfare Command, a highly decorated veteran, as well as Navy SEAL Foundation representatives, and local veterans and supporters. The event will feature music by Nancy Atlas, wines provided by Opici Wine Group, beer from Montauk Brewing Co. and signature light bites. In addition, guests will be able to bid on silent auction items and purchase raffle tickets for several prizes. The cost to attend the event is $40 per adult, $20 for veterans, and free for children under 16. The restaurant will be open for regular dinner service beginning at 5:30pm, and reservations are recommended; Kindly RSVP for the cocktail party to email@example.com.
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Navy Beach will continue its support of the Navy SEAL Foundation throughout the 2016 season, enabling guests to support the cause directly each time they dine at the restaurant. From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, a donation of $1 will be added to each dining check in support of the Navy SEAL Foundation. Guests will also be able to increase the value of the donation if they like. In an effort to improve upon the $25,000 raised for the foundation last year ($60,000 since 2013), Navy Beach will again match the first $2,500 raised through this season’s efforts.
Honoring Montauk’s Local Naval History
“Navy Beach has been truly fortunate over the last three years to both work with Navy SEAL Foundation to assist the Naval Special Warfare community and to also be able to sponsor our efforts within East Hampton and Montauk where support for our Veterans and patriotic roots run deep. We enter our fourth year of fundraising for the SEALs with renewed enthusiasm and support from the local community,” said Navy Beach partner Frank Davis. “Over the last four years, Navy Beach has worked tirelessly to raise funds and awareness in support of the Navy SEAL Foundation’s mission of service to the warriors and families of Naval Special Warfare. Each year we are humbled by the generosity of Navy Beach and the Montauk and larger Hamptons’ community, as well as the spectacular beauty of the venue. The support generated is critical to those we serve and we cannot thank you enough” said Marc Wolf, Director of Development, New York Region, Navy SEAL Foundation.
About the Navy SEAL Foundation
The Navy SEAL Foundation’s mission is to provide immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community, their families, and the families of the fallen, wounded and also transitioning NSW veterans. U.S. Navy SEALs have been in sustained combat for over 14 years, performing hazardous work in unforgiving environments at an unrelenting pace. SEALs are currently deployed in over 35 countries across the globe and spend up to 270 days each year in harm’s way. The Navy SEAL Foundation stands behind these warriors and their families by delivering comprehensive, world-class programs that specifically address the community’s unique needs. Like the community it serves, the Foundation is a solid, high performing organization committed to excellence. 95 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to current or future programs. This year the Navy SEAL Foundation received its 5th consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, a top charity watchdog, for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency (top 6% of all rated charities).
The Navy SEAL Foundation is a 501c3 national non-profit charitable organization. TAX-ID 31-1728910. The Navy SEAL Foundation is a non-federal entity. It is not a part of the department of defense or any of its components and it has no governmental status. To learn more, visit navySEALfoundation.org or facebook.com/navySEALfoundation.
About RDML (SEAL) Thomas Richards
In November of 1999, RDML Richards retired as Commander of Naval Special Warfare Command, responsible for the organization, training and equipping of all SEAL Teams Special Boat Units, and support units providing trained Naval Special Operations’ Forces to all Geographic Theater Commanders, commanding over five thousand personnel with a budget in excess of five hundred fifty million dollars. As commander he reorganized deploying SEAL Teams and Special Boat Teams and all supporting elements from the antiquated Vietnam model to a flexible system to support the Warfighting Geographic Commanders in their campaigns against Terrorism and Non State threats to the United States. His assignments have included SEAL Teams, Special Boat Units, Acquisition Program Management to selection to the Chief of Naval Operations’ Strategic Study Group, a small unit selected yearly to conduct research for the Chief of Naval Operations. Career highlights include: leading forces in combat operations in Vietnam, El Salvador the Persian Gulf and Haiti; was the assistant officer in charge of the only successful Prisoner of War operation in the Vietnam War, freeing 24 South Vietnamese prisoners from a North Vietnam prison compound; helping organize US efforts that led to the first Democratic election in El Salvador; in Haiti the stability operations of the Special Operations Task Force contributed to the return of the elected president after ejecting the Junta of three renegade Generals; and in the Persian Gulf he led tanker escort operations to protect our ships from Iranian terrorists as well as leading the Special Operations response to the Iranian mining of the USS Samuel B Roberts. RDML Richards is a decorated veteran with the following honors: two Defense Superior Service Medals, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars with Combat V, Purple Heart, Joint Meritorious Service Medal, and two Navy Meritorious Service Medals.
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