A beautiful summer night to remember, Honor Flight’s “Listen to the Wind Gala” will honor our local Veterans and raise money to send them to their memorials, free of charge. This evening we honor 89 year-old U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Evelyn Kandel; an iconic leader of women in the military, and a Nassau County Poet Laureate. Scott Skruggz will perform a musical rendition of her poem, “Listen to the Wind”, the namesake of our event.
Proceeds fund all-expense paid trips to Washington D.C. to visit their Memorial, bringing Veterans closer to their history, and one another. It is an opportunity many Veterans would never have without an organization like Honor Flight, and we are glad to still have the time to be able to give them an honorable “Welcome Home” in our nation’s capitol. We operate using sponsorship and volunteerism, and use all of our proceeds to fund our flights.
The “Listen to the Wind” Summer Gala is Honor Flight Long Island’s main fundraising event: July 16th (Rain-date: 7/17) 5:00-10:00 pm at the Sagaponack Farm Distillery, 369 Sagg Road in Sagaponack.
The Gala will feature live music from That Motown Band as well as dinner and a silent auction. The tasting room will be open, offering a unique opportunity to enjoy unlimited spirits straight from the farm. We are so grateful to the Sagaponack Farm Distillery, who has graciously offered their sponsorship as our host.
Honor Flight Long Island, a local chapter of a nationwide nonprofit organization, raises money to provide Veterans with all expense paid trips to the Memorial of their war in Washington, D.C. The Long Island chapter has sent more than 1,700 Veterans to Washington, on over forty flights, at absolutely no cost to the Veteran themselves. This can be a very moving experience, during which Veterans of foreign wars can be connected with their history and each other.
Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming will be in attendance, and has offered the following:
“Marine Sgt. Evelyn Kandel is a trailblazer and glass ceiling breaker. Kandel, being one of the first women to enlist in the Marines during the 1950s, paved the way for women to enter into the armed services. She has accomplished so much since; as a Columbia graduate, a Nassau County Poet Laureate, wife and mother. I am truly looking forward to honoring her legacy and service on Saturday, July 16th, at the Sagaponack Distillery.”
Honor Flight: “Serving Veterans, One Flight at a Time”