2004-02-13 / Community

Graybeards Head West With Gift For Firefighters

Graybeards Head West With Gift For Firefighters


Pictured left to right:  Larry Gray, Dan Noonan, San Diego Fire Chief, Retired firefighter, FDNY, Steve Stathis, Kevin Breen and Ed Cashen.Pictured left to right: Larry Gray, Dan Noonan, San Diego Fire Chief, Retired firefighter, FDNY, Steve Stathis, Kevin Breen and Ed Cashen.

Thanks to the generosity of Jet Blue Airways, four members of the Gray beards were flown to San Diego to personally deliver a check to the firefighters and their families who recently lost their homes in the wild fires in Cali fornia.

Thanks to the generosity of the people of the Rockaway communities who supported the Graybeard spon sor ed fundraiser, the check was for $20,000. Former Rockawayite and Pres ident of the FDNY Retirees of Cali fornia, Dan Noonan, hosted the four Graybeards, who were treated to a traditional firehouse meal at San Diego’s Fire Department Museum. About 80 people gathered at the museum on Friday night and were on hand as Graybeard President Steve Stathis presented the check to the San Diego Fire Chief and Fire Captain of the Julian Cuyamaca Volunteer Fire Department. "It was quite an honor and privilege to represent the hundreds of people who donated to this cause." said Stathis. He added that the people of San Diego asked him to extend their heart-felt appreciation to everyone who made this possible.

Thanks to Flip Mullen for approaching the Graybeards to sponsor such a worthy cause, congratulations to the fundraiser committee and thanks to everyone who made a donation. Spec ial thanks to Jet Blue Airways!


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