Navy Beach in Montauk hosts the sixth annual fundraiser to benefit the national non-profit Navy SEAL Foundation this Saturday, June 16 from 3 to 5 PM. SEALs spend up to 270 days a year in harm’s way, deployed across the globe in 35 different countries. The Navy SEAL Foundation provides ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and their families.
“Navy Beach is excited to continue our relationship with and support of the Navy SEAL Foundation with our sixth annual fundraiser event. Each year we are able utilize this kickoff cocktail event as a starting point for our summer-long fundraising and awareness campaign, where we raise funds and share the unique contribution that SEALs and their families make on behalf of our county,” said Frank Davis, partner at Navy Beach.
From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, Navy Beach incorporates a donation of $1 to each dining check in support of the organization. However, guests have the option to increase their donation and support.
For every dollar donated to the foundation, 94 cents go directly towards future programming. This year, in 2018, the Navy SEAL Foundation was awarded its seventh consecutive four-star rating for Charity Navigator for its commitment to charity transparency and monetary management. Last year, Navy Beach raised $30,000, totaling $125,000 since 2013, and pledges to match the first $2500 raised through this season’s efforts.
Davis continued, “We are comforted that our fundraising effort done locally supports the NSF efforts to support the families of the SEAL, which unfortunately is required too often. We look forward to again having local community work with us to make this sixth event and season fundraising a success. Two Rear Admirals will be in attendance, along with others from the SEAL community.”
Remarks this year will be by 34-year US Navy SEAL veteran, Rear Admiral Tom Steffans. New Jersey native Steffans’ love for the ocean was discovered learning to swim and riding waves at Jones Beach, in Wantagh. He received basic SEAL training in 1969 and rose through the ranks ever since, serving as Chief of Staff at the United States Special Operations Command in Tampa, FL. When the devastation of 9/11 occurred, Steffans headed the Navy’s Anti-Terrorism and Force Protection efforts.
The fundraising event includes a cocktail party with snacks, a silent auction, and raffle tickets. Tickets are $50 per adult, $25 for veterans, and free for children under 16. At 5:30 PM, the restaurant will resume regular dinner service. RSVP to [email protected]
Navy Beach Restaurant is located at 16 Navy Road in Montauk. Call 631-668-6868 or visit www.navybeach.com.