An outstanding week at BOTGNY – 2017 Annual pack-out a huge success.
Boots on the Ground NY had an outstanding week. Last Sunday over 900 people attended the Pack Out at the Emporium, over 1100 boxes were packed. We raised over $18,000 that day between door donations, support shirts, 50/50, general donations and sponsors. An amazing event with so much community support involved. The Emporium once again donated the venue, the staff and sound and the buffet. All the great musical talent that graced the stage: Dennis O’Donnell and Mixed Bag, the Project 9-line All Stars, The Individuals, the Long Ireland Pipes and Drums. Mike Cappasso, The 90’s Band, Decadia, 45 RPM, and DJ’s Johnny Numonic & Tommy Thunder all donated their talent and time. Besides the Boots volunteers we had members of Team RWB and service members from the 106th Air Guard with us throughout the day manning stations and carrying supplies, as well as the William Floyd NJROTC, the Sea Cadets, And the Supporters that showed, bringing the masses of supplies that were donated, so many schools, businesses, The Paradies shop at MacArthur Airport that delivered 40 large bins of supplies, Our Secret Shoppers that donated over $5,000 worth of supplies, All the letters from ,ids that went, the letter to the troop program that Ambro supplied us. WBAB and FiOS News spending the day with us. Then the Holbrook Post office who accepted all the boxes and got right to work on processing them the get them into the air quickly. Let’s also not forget all the sore handed volunteers that wrote out hundreds of care package labels and custom form. An Amazing Day, and in a few days it will be an amazing mail call for the 250 plus Troops that we mailed boxes to which will benefit 1000’s of Troops overseas. We were also honored at the event to host the “Remembering the Fallen” memorial display tribute that was on loan to us from the United War Veterans council of NYC. The Tribute area was hosted by Gold Star Mom Emily Toro.
To follow this day up on Wednesday BOTGNY President Frank Bania attended a program at the Holy Angels School in Patchogue. The school has worked on a car package collection activity and dress down day, the students could opt out of wearing their uniforms for a donation to ship care package,. Not only did the children at this school collect enough items to fill a Tahoe, then they collected over $460 dollars just from the elementary schools students. One of the Fathers of a student, Bobby Bell did a collection from his family and raised $1000 for packages. At a assembly all the children were in the gym, when Boots members Frank Bania and Cathie Dougherty entered, the program led by the principal had all the student sing along to the Star Spangled Banner, than the pledge, a short talk by the principal, who presented a check then the students father made a presentation, the ceremony concluded with all the girl scouts, brownies and Daisey leading the entire school in singing God Bless America, a very touching afternoon with some amazing students and parents. Thank you Holy Angel!
Tuesday evening after picking up the Trailers, we attended an event out in Shirley that was hosted by the William Floyd NJROTC they had two hours of getting percentage of sales donated to BOTGNY for shipping costs, Not only was the store packed at they lined two roads in front of the Wendy’s but they also solicited passing cars for donations. Between the hours of 5pm and 7 pm, these cadets raised over $500!. These same cadets and parents have bene involved with BOTGNY for over 4 years, attending out event, supply a Honor Guard, as well as continuing to do collection drives in front of retail stores throughout the year including when its 30 degrees outside. These cadets we can’t say enough about, they are amazing.
Thursday, we received more outstanding news. For the past three years, we have a had a secret donor cover the costs of the annual annual BOTGNY event / Robert Cafici memorial. And again this week She contacted us saying “it’s that time of year, how much do you need?”, To get offers of support such as this really installs a feeling of pride in our team. Once again, we will be able to stand on that stage and proudly announce that all the donations from the attendees that day will go 100% go towards the VAC & veteran programs. And there is no prouder statement we enjoy saying, because we don’t think to many others can say that.
We also received this week checks from the North Patchogue Fire Dept. for $1000.00 from their annual Hero Run to go towards shipping care packages. Cavalier and Associates for $1000.00 for programs at the VAC. Nassau County Fire Fighters Operation Wounded Warrior for $2300.00 to purchase mattresses for Veterans. $800 from Karly Goseveski for her sales of crocheted hats and scarves she made and sold to friends to be applied to shipping care packages.