Patriot Day Memorial Breakfast - September 11, 2014 at The Historical Coliseum, St. Petersburg, FL
Presented by: Remember Honor Support, Inc
PROCEEDS BENEFIT: Paws for Patriots, Special Operations Warrior Foundation and The Gold Shield Foundation, Inc.
Update - October, 2013:
On behalf of RHS and the Board of Directors, we would like to thank our sponsors, guests, and volunteers who participated in our successful 2013 breakfast event!
Donation check presentations will be taking place in December, 2013.
Look here for more information to be published soon on how your contributions has benefited the three charities.
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Remember • Honor • Support
Never to forget 9/11 is the Goal of Remember Honor Support
In October, 2001, U.S. Congress passed a resolution and in December of that same year, President George W. Bush signed the resolution into law - that September 11 of every year would be commemorated as Patriot Day in honor of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
“We all recognize that the events of that day (9/11) must never be forgotten and it the responsibility of our community leaders to see that they are not," said Stross. "Additionally, we must continue to honor all the individuals including our first responders, as well as our veterans and their families.” With this in mind, the slogan, "Remember - Honor - Support" was adopted for the organization and breakfast event.
The breakfast will be held every year on 9/11 at The Historic Coliseum in St. Petersburg.
The 2012 breakfast event raised $35,000.00 each for Paws for Patriots and SOWF.
Left to Right: Jo Brower, RHS Vice-Chair/COO; Leslie Greene Jernigan; U.S. Marine Corps (ret.) CPL Michael Jernigan and his Guide Dog Brittany; USAF (Ret.) COL John T. Carney, Jr., SOWF President; John Stross, RHS Chair/CEO
PDMB has selected two charities and our First Responders to benefit from this year’s event. Paws for Patriots: (a division of Palmetto based Southeastern Guide Dogs) trains service dogs for blinded or otherwise impaired veterans.
Speaking for Paws for Patriots will be U.S. Marine Corps (ret.) CPL Michael Jernigan, who was blinded in a battle at Mahmudiyah on August 22nd 2004.
Special Operations Warrior Foundation will also benefit from the event.
The Tampa-based SOWF provides full college scholarships for the children of fallen and injured special operations personnel. Both organizations have received the highest possible rating by Charity Navigator. “Their credentials are impeccable”, says Littrell, board member and a long time veteran’s advocate.
Organizers are optimistic that the Patriot Day Memorial Breakfast at The Historic Coliseum will become the premier Patriot Day event in the Tampa Bay area.
“Everyone should be someplace to honor the events, victims and heroes of 9/11," stresses Brower. "There is not a better place to be than our memorial breakfast. We promise all who attend that this will be an event you will not soon forget…"
Michael Fineo was born and raised on Long Island, New York and graduated from the State University of New York At Fredonia in 1987. He became a Fixed Income broker on Wall Street with offices in the World Trade Center.
Twelve years ago, Michael and his family were a typical young suburban family volunteering with school and church activities. Michael went to work on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 – a gorgeous, warm, autumn day. Life was good. At 8:46 a.m., American Airlines flight 11 crashed into the north side of his building – World Trade Center One. In that moment, his life changed forever.
While Michael escaped with only minor physical injuries - which would soon heal - he was left with psychological injuries which would last a lifetime. Why Me? is a question often posed to God by people forced to endure hardships. Ironically, it is the exact same question often asked by people who survive a catastrophe while others die. That day, Michael lost more than 100 colleagues and friends who he had worked with for most of his career – most of these colleagues were around his age with young families and beautiful lives ahead of them. Michael says that every joyous occasion in his life since and forever will be tinged with guilt: Why Me?
Today, Michael and wife Roxane, along with their children, Nicholas, Brianna and Samantha, live in Safety Harbor where they own Safe Surface Solutions, LLC and are active in their community and church.
You won’t want to miss hearing Michael’s powerful story of escape and survival.
Medal of Honor Reception