Those of you who know me and our firms know that one of our primary responsibilities is supporting the FDNY and FDNY Foundation. For 19 years after watching first-hand the dedication of New York’s Bravest after 9/11, and seeing their pain and sacrifice, I believe it is simply the right thing to do.
This year was obviously difficult. The strain of COVID-19 put our EMS personnel and firefighters in uncharted territory. But, as they always do, these men and women rose to the occasion.
Our annual dinner – our major fundraising event – was cancelled in May. I thought we had developed a great alternative – an outdoor event in late September for a smaller group of people at “The Rock,” our training academy on Randall’s Island…but COVID concerns lingered and those plans were also scuttled.
So – like every other organization – we have gone “virtual,” although our “virtual” won’t be an event, but a 30-minute video featuring a “who’s who” of New York media (and some athletes and celebrities) offering their thanks to the men and women of the FDNY. I owe all of them a great deal of thanks for doing this.
So – as you have time – spend 30 minutes seeing the amazing work done by these men and women for all New Yorkers, and the heartfelt thanks from many people you will know.
And thank you: John Cena…Denis Leary…Kevin James…Bill Ritter…David Novarro…Sandra Bookman…Amy Freeze…Bruce Beck…Nate Solder…Jim Leyritz…John Flaherty…Maria Bartiromo…Tamsen Fadal…Andrew Ross Sorkin…Tina Cervasio…Audrey Puente…Michael Kay…Kristine Johnson…Lonnie Quinn…Jim Spanarkel…Paul O’Neill…Chris Shearn…Nancy Newman…Ryan Rucco…Joe Tolleson…Jack Curry…Ian Eagle…and Nicole Petalides. I owe all of you. Thank you.