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milestone

March 7, 2011 3 comments

my dream captured in a screenshot

One of today’s events was the culmination of nearly four years of work, many thousands of hours of networking, and many people not fully understanding what I was trying to do. (I can’t take all the credit, I can only say I had a dream and that through connections, it is coming true) Today’s event was simple; get Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America to partner with my friends at Adaptive Action Sports. Well, it finally happened in the form of an all veteran’s snowboard camp being hosted by AAS in Copper Mountain, Colorado.

IAVA uses a reward’s site called the Rucksack to give veterans opportunities that most people could never dream of. These opportunities are given by our gracious sponsors in the hopes that they are showing support to veterans how fought for their country. If you read my ramblings, you know that I have been the recipient of many amazing good times, from doing a stint as a Joseph Abboud model, to sideline/box tickets to an NY Giants game, Yankees playoff tickets, and IAVA’s Heroes Gala. Others have won trips to Vegas and even to the Super Bowl. But today, we offered up three all expense paid trips to AAS’s Learn to Ride pipeline event in CO. This event is made possible by Disabled Sports USA, United States of America Snowboarding Association, and Challenged Athletes Foundation with AAS hosting. This pipeline camp is designed as a feeder for AAS’s ultimate goal of having America sweep the podiums in snowboarding at the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi, Russia (I have my fingers crossed that I am making this trip as well!). Read more…

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4th Annual Heroes Gala

November 10, 2010 4 comments

view from up top

The week was a little hectic around the IAVA office as they prepped for the biggest days of the year, the Heroes Gala and Veteran’s Day. An overwhelming sense of anxiousness filled the place if only for the need to make this Veteran’s week a hit. The tireless efforts of the real people behind these amazing events in both NYC and in 7 other cities throughout the US, is a testament in itself to the dedication veterans and this organization have. Im not preaching, Im just stating fact.

Late last Friday night I was invited to join sit at the Joseph Abboud table for the 4th Annual Heroes Gala. What an amazing opportunity, BUT I still didnt have a suit for fancy occasions. This proved to be a problem all weekend until finally on Monday I purchased 2 suits and had them rush tailored for Wed. Man was it worth the money and the stress to get this suit ready. The Heroes Gala on Wednesday night was out of this world. Gotham Hall in NYC is this incredible ornate marble cathedral of a place that used to be a bank back in the day. If you ever get a chance to attend something here or at least walk through, you should. Its like stepping back in time or being in a place of royalty. 40 tables dotted the space with these glittering chandeliers flowing from the ceilings and glinting about the hall. NBC’s Brian Williams MC’d the night and was an amazing speaker filled with such worldly knowledge and good for a couple jabs at our great city’s “5 foot 8 inches of twisted metal” Mayor Bloomberg. That’s a direct quote from Brian Williams and is in no way meant to slander this man. Take it down a notch. Read more…