Lynbrook Firefighters will host their annual Wounded Warrior Concert and Block Party on Saturday, September 24e at Greis Park. Two other fundraisers for wounded warriors are also planned.
Fire Chief Chris Kelly made the announcement at a recent meeting of the Lynbrook Fire Department’s Wounded Warriors Committee. This will be the eleventh year the firefighters have hosted this event to benefit the Nassau County Fire Department’s Operation Wounded Warrior.
The Nassau County Fire Department’s Operation Wounded Warrior is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization comprised of Nassau County volunteer firefighters, who have worked since 2004 to help our injured men and women in hospitals across the east coast, including local ones. and at the VA Hospital in Northport. The Wounded Warrior Fire Department operation is in Nassau County only and is not affiliated with the National Wounded Warrior Project.
While the Lynbrook Fire Department is hosting their concert and block party, other Nassau Fire Departments are hosting Doo Wop Shows, Spaghetti Dinners, golf outings, road races, motorcycle races and d other fundraising events in aid of Operation Wounded Warrior. They also participated in the construction of new houses for the wounded.
Over the past ten years, Lynbrook Firefighters have raised nearly $220,000 to benefit the injured and their families.
Each Christmas, Lynbrook Firefighters join other Nassau County volunteers to visit hospitals and rehabilitation units in Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, and Bethesda, Maryland, as well as in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, to bring Christmas to the wounded and their families. .
Additionally, wounded soldiers still being treated at Fort Belvoir, along with their families, come to Lynbrook for the concert and block party. The Rockville Center Hotel on Sunrise Highway in Lynbrook is donating rooms, as it does every year, for them.
Three bands will play during the concert, all donating their time and talents to the cause.
The cost of admission to the concert and block party is a $20 donation and food will be available free of charge. There will also be over 140 prizes raffled off thanks to the generosity of members of the Lynbrook Chamber of Commerce and many Lynbrook stores and boutiques, as well as other major businesses who donate prizes.
Additionally, one of the sponsors, JetBlue Airways, again continues to support the efforts of the Lynbrook Fire Department by donating return tickets wherever they fly, which will also be raffled off separately that evening. First and second prize are two round-trip tickets wherever they fly while third prize is a four-burner Black Stone Grill. This raffle cost is only $10.
The Wounded Warriors Concert and Block Party on Saturday September 24e at Greis Park will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. inside and in front of the leisure center.
On the same day and before the concert and block party, a motorcycle ride in support of our wounded warriors will start from the car park behind Connelly station on Hempstead Avenue in Malverne. Bike check-in starts and 11am in the parking lot and the ride to Captree State Park descends around 2pm. Runners will then return to Greis Park to open the concert and block party at 4 p.m. The cost is $25 one way and includes admission to the concert.
There will also be a Bike Night for Wounded Warriors at the Broadway Tavern in Malverne on Wednesday, September 7 from 6 p.m. These JetBlue draw chances for September 24 will be sold out at this event, just like a 50/50.
“One hundred percent of funds raised on September 7 and 24 will go to aid our injured warriors and their families as part of the Nassau County Fire Department’s Operation Wounded Warrior,” Fire Chief Kelly said.
Individuals looking for additional information about the concert and block party on September 24e or if you would like to contribute or donate, please contact ex-Chief Kevin Bien at 516-993-6074.
For more information on the pre-concert motorcycle ride, individuals should contact ex-Captain Patrick Curran at 516-805-6286 or ex-Malverne FD Lt. Pat Darcy at 516-713-8881. Darcy should also be contacted for information on Bike Night at the Broadway Tavern on September 7.
“I ask all residents and their friends to support this worthwhile cause, whether they attend the concert and the block party or participate in the motorcycle party or the ride, to help us to make life a little easier for our wounded warriors and their families who have sacrificed so much. a lot for us,” Kelly said.
“We are more than happy and willing to assist our fellow firefighters in Lynbrook in their efforts to help our injured warriors as part of the Nassau County Fire Department’s Operation Wounded Warrior,” said Malverne Fire Chief, Ernest Bohringer.
— Steve Grogan, Lynbrook Fire Department