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Our Serve: Military Appreciation Day

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This exclusive VIP event supports Easterseals programs, including 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.


Headshot of Colonel Gregory Gadson, a good-looking, bald, middle-aged African American man in a blue suit with a red patterned tie

In 2018 we are pleased to welcome Keynote Speaker Colonel Gregory D. Gadson, USA (retired). In 2007, Col. Gadson lost both legs above the knees and normal use of his right arm and hand to an IED attack in Iraq. He persevered, remaining on active duty and inspiring many with his message of courage, perseverance, determination and teamwork.

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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

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More than $205,000 raised for Greater Cincinnati veterans in 2017!

Easterseals’ Our Serve: Military Appreciation Day, a VIP experience at the Western & Southern Open, brought together more than 400 guests and raised more than $205,000 for local veterans on August 14, 2017.  

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Keynote Speaker Colonel Danny R. McKnight, U.S. Army, Retired, shared his Somalia experience, which was the basis for the book and movie Black Hawk Down. He spoke about the “kids” he lost on that mission, and held them up as an example of the sacrifice veterans are willing to make and why it is so important that veterans receive our support in return.

Guests soberly observed seven portraits from The Unknown Soldier, a collection of large-scale black and white photographs by renowned photographer David Jay. The collection was recently acquired by the Library of Congress for its permanent collection, as visual documentation of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The series has been described as “revealing the oft unseen consequences of war.”

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 Veteran Services

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