On Tuesday, July 3, 2012 The Seaport World Trade Center hosted The New England Warrior Benefit, a fundraiser that gives back to the families of wounded or fallen U.S. Special Operations Troops.
The fundraiser began with a unique online auction that allowed guests as well as the general public to bid on five DIRICO motorcycles, all of which were handcrafted and designed to represent a branch of the U.S. Special Operations Forces. After the online bidding, Kiss 108 FM’s “Matty In The Morning” co-host and fellow family member of a servicemen, Lisa Donovan took to the stage to close out the silent auction. With her brother-in law leaving for Afghanistan in three weeks, Donavan, like so many others, were simply happy to help out and be a part of the loving and supportive patriotic atmosphere.
Adding to the celebratory atmosphere was The Minutemen Brass Band, members of the 215th Army Band of Massachusetts National Guard playing and chanting a military spun version of KC & The Sunshine Band’s “That’s the Way I Like It.” FYI, that is the way I like it, a perfect blend of tactful reverence and joyous celebration of those who have served our country.
Later on in the evening former American Idol winner Scotty McCreery entertained guests, including honored decorated military leaders and U.S. Congressman Duncan Lee Hunter, who was awarded the Vanguard Award. Another honoree was retired U.S. Special Operations commander Admiral Eric T. Olson, who was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Not to be forgotten for their dedication and zest for the military was the iconic USO Liberty Bells, the official performance troupe of the USO. All smiles and exuding a feminine elegance that was reminiscent of a 1940’s performer, young Liberty Bells Katlyn Montery, Larissa Clinger and Kristin Milligan discussed how entertaining the troops was their strongest skill and the best way to honor them and their country.
Katlyn Montery said it best as she reflected on the significance of the evening: “for a generation that isn’t forced to be aware, it means a lot to bring it back to young people…not since World War II has America shown and required this much support for those in the services.”
Hope everyone had a great Independence Day!