The 3rd Annual “Hero’s Toast” Champagne Brunch was held at The Colony Hotel Nov. 3 and raised more than $28,000 for the nonprofit Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, which since 2003 has sent more than 400,000 “We Care” packages to U.S. troops deployed overseas.
Guests were greeted with soothing sounds from saxophonist Reginald Ellis while they mingled and bought tickets for a chance to win baskets filled with gift cards for hotel stays, shopping sprees, rounds of golf and a deep-sea fishing excursion.
The guest speaker was Matthew Bogdanos, an assistant district attorney in Manhattan and colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.
All money raised will pay shipping costs for the monthly “We Care” packages, each of which is filled with toiletries, snacks and recreational items. Deployed United States service members may sign up to receive their “We Care” packages at forgottensoldiers.org. Family members also may register loved ones.
Pictured above: Blaine Aymond, Al Naar and Judith Kelly