‘Our Serve’ at W&S Open benefits veterans

During “Our Serve: Military Appreciation Day” at the Western & Southern Open, more than 350 guests and military men and women raised more than $185,000. The proceeds will benefit Easter Seals TriState’s program, Operation Vets Thrive.

Presented by PNC, the event celebrated local veterans, recognized the sacrifices they have made and discussed ways the community can support the transition into civilian life. With approximately 1,300 homeless veterans in the area, and nearly 5,000 local veterans who are unemployed, Easter Seals programs support them with emergency assistance, employment and education.

Keynote speaker was Kris “Tanto” Paronto, whose experience inspired the book and film “13 Hours: Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.” He shared the story of the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi. He also spoke of the struggle veterans encounter when transitioning to civilian life.

A pop-up fundraiser was prompted by emcee Jon Sanchez, who auctioned off the opportunity to join him in taking Paronto to Skyline for the first time. High bid of $5,000 was by Dr. Robert S. Heidt, who then insisted Paronto take military men and women from the event instead. It became an “eight-way” as Sanchez and Paronto were joined by six guests, who then declared Easter Seals Mission Skyline accomplished.   

Click on a thumbnail below to view photo gallery from the event.

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