This exclusive VIP event supports Easterseals programs, including Military & Veteran Services which provide one-on-one care for employment, education, and emergency needs. Guests enjoy admission to the Western & Southern Open, as well as exclusive admission to our hospitality event. Hear inspiring speakers, and honor our local active duty service men and women and veterans.
Our featured speaker is Sgt. Noah Galloway. Just three months into his second tour during Operation Iraqi Freedom, he experienced a life changing injury. He lost his left arm above the elbow and left leg above the knee during an Improvised Explosive Device attack. After a long stint in recovery and rehabilitation, Galloway, like many disabled veterans, became withdrawn and depressed. Late one night, he resolved to get back into shape, be healthier, and inspire others. He is now a fitness expert and motivational speaker, having appeared on the cover of Men's Health Magazine, Season 20 of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," and competing in numerous Tough Mudder events, 5Ks and marathons.
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With approximately 1,300 homeless veterans in the tristate area and nearly 5,000 local veterans who are unemployed and struggling to find work, local solutions have never been more important. Since 2014, Easterseals Veteran Services has delivered total benefits of $9.4 million dollars to local veterans. Easterseals Veteran Services is staffed 100% by veterans who understand the challenges faced when transitioning to civilian life and break down the barriers local veterans are facing so that they may take the next step toward reclaiming their lives.
To learn about sponsorship opportunities for this inspiring event, contact Events Manager Jackie Sulfridge.
Easterseals’ Our Serve: Military Appreciation Day, a VIP experience at the Western & Southern Open, brought together more than 350 guests and raised more than $220,000 for local veterans on August 13, 2018.
Guests heard from Keynote Speaker Colonel Gregory D. Gadson, U.S. Army, Retired, who served our nation in the United States Army for more than 26 years. Col. Gadson’s life is a portrait of courage in the face of great adversity. In May 2007, as commander of the 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery, Col. Gadson’s greatest challenge came in Iraq, where an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack cost him both legs above the knees and normal use of his right arm and hand. Despite this, Gadson remained on active duty in the Army and continued to inspire many with his message of courage, perseverance, determination and teamwork. He shared the lessons of Pride, Poise and Team with Our Serve guests.
Mark Thesken of Thesken Art created a one-of-a kind painting live on stage in under ten minutes. The artwork, full of patriotic imagery, was auctioned off for $3,600. A portion of the proceeds went to supporting Easterseals Military & Veteran Services