Long Island, New York – Two mortgage free homes will be awarded to Purple Heart recipients returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. This initiative will be orchestrated through the joint efforts of the Office of the Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, the Fairway Foundation, a non-profit 501c3 organization, and community support. The two veterans and their families will be awarded the homes based on the greatest need.
Applications are being distributed by the Northport VA, other veteran organizations as well as this website (see below).
In an effort to raise funds to completely rehabilitate the distressed homes, the Fairway Foundation, with permission from the Military Order of the Purple Heart national headquarters, has created a paper heart with the Purple Heart emblem and is asking local schools, businesses, fire departments, and veteran organizations throughout the County to donate $1 for each purple heart, signing one’s name in support of our veterans. 100% of all the proceeds will go towards this project in Suffolk County.
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation in conjunction with the Fairway Foundation, their 501c3 not-for-profit arm, and other not for profits have given away 27 mortgage-free homes to wounded veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan in the last 2 years nationally.
On Long Island, 2 homes will be awarded to purple heart veteran recipients wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan through the joint efforts of the Office of the Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, and the Fairway Foundation.100% of all proceeds from the event will go towards the home give away locally.
On September 28th, MadHouseTV aired the VeteransHomeGiveaway.org benefit concert live so thousands could tune in to enjoy Peter Mazzeo and the Hit Squad’s Bee Gee tribute, Katie Zimmer singing some of her favorite mash mixes plus the original song “Written in the Sand” written by Rosemarie Kluepfel and the winners of the Long Island Veteran Idol search: Gladys “Victoria” McCoy and Sven “Mustang Pete” Abramson. The duet sang the finale.
Open auditions were held in August in search of a veteran to perform Rosemarie’s original song “The Reason I Breathe”, a love song with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) undertones. With the release of the song she hoped to bring attention to PTSD, that many of our returning veterans endure. As it is a love song, a duet made sense and both winners shared they suffered from PTSD so it was touching for all involved. [LINK]
We are thankful for the outpouring of community support. Eastern Boces for the music production, the John W. Engeman theatre for providing us with the venue for the benefit concert, SoLuna Studios, the Rotary of the Ronkonkoma, the Suffolk County Department of Veteran Affairs, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center for their support, the performers, all the volunteers who gave their time, and especially Tim & Janet Scherer for allowing us to announce our initiative at the “I Did the Grid” race in honor of their son Cpl. Chris Scherer who lost his life in Iraq. [LINK]
On July 23rd, we were also honored to speak at the ribbon cutting ceremony of Fairway Market, an unrelated corporation, in Lake Grove, their first store in Suffolk County. In addition to bringing 200 jobs to the community, Fairway Market announced their ongoing support of our VeteransHomeGiveaway.org initiative. [LINK]
Together each of us can make a difference Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 631-881-5110 today to find out how to donate or become a sponsor.
Supporting Our Veterans
On May 24th, Fairway teamed up with yet another Veteran support not for profit organization at the 7th annual “I Did the Grid” race in memory of Corporal Chris Scherer who lost his life on July 21, 2007 in Iraq. This year’s event will featured the debut of The Reason I Breathe a song which brings to light the need for on going support for our veterans. Rosemarie Kluepfel, Fairway team member, wrote the song after a speaking engagement at the VA in Northport. “There was a sadness in their eyes that haunted me. Many are struggling and some are coping with invisible wounds, post-traumatic stress.” 100% of the profits from the sale of the CD will go towards awarding wounded veterans a mortgage-free home on Long Island.
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Written in the Sand
The Reason To Breathe
Fairway Foundation 1757 Veterans Highway, Suite 12, Islandia, NY 11749
Tel. 631-881-5100 • Fax: 631-851-8715
1757 Veterans Highway, Suite 12, Islandia, NY 11749