Navy Beach To Host Fundraiser for Navy SEAL Foundation

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A scene from last year’s event honoring Navy SEALS. Photos courtesy of Navy Beach

By Rachel Bosworth

Coastal towns in the northeast often bear deep maritime roots with centuries-old history still prominent in the modern day. With the East End surrounded by water, the same holds true as the area once held significant whaling ports, industrial sites, and still today, vast fisheries that lend itself to Long Islanders’ every way of life. During World War II, the furthest point east on the island, Montauk, served as an important Navy base. Though this Hamptons hotspot is commonly known for its reputation as a popular tourist destination in the summer, many local establishments still honor its historic past.

Navy Beach restaurant will host its fifth annual fundraiser on Saturday, June 17, benefitting the Navy SEAL Foundation in an effort to honor those in the Naval Special Warfare community and their families. “Navy Beach is incredibly proud to host our fifth annual fundraiser for the Navy SEAL Foundation,” says Navy Beach partner Frank Davis. “We remain humbled by the service that the SEALs and their families make on behalf of our country, and feel fortunate to raise funds and awareness of the Foundation’s core mission. Our area’s historic Naval past, Naval base location and tremendous support of the Montauk community and Long Island veterans afford us great pride in our ongoing efforts.”

The fundraiser will feature a cocktail party, and will also serve as the restaurant’s fifth season of fundraising efforts. From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, a donation of $1 will be added to each dining check to support the Navy SEAL Foundation. Diners also have the option to increase the donation, and the restaurant will match the first $2,500 raised. Last year, the restaurant raised $30,000, adding to its grand total of $90,000 since 2013.

“Going into their fifth straight year of support to the men and women of the Naval Special Warfare community, the Hamptons’ Navy Beach Montauk restaurant is at it again hosting the Navy SEAL Foundation’s premiere fundraising event on the East End of Long Island,” says Navy SEAL Foundation’s director of development in the New York region, Marc Wolf.

This year’s event will include remarks by Mike Zapata, a former US Navy SEAL whose deployment record includes multiple trips to Afghanistan, Iraq, the Horn of Africa, and other Middle East and West Africa locations. The veteran, who commissioned in the United States Navy to pursue a path as a Navy SEAL, transitioned out of the military in 2010 to later work in investment management. “Upon completion of his MBA, Mike formed Sententia Capital Management, LLC. He is a strong believer in the better we do, the more we can give back. A percentage of his gains are donated to support family members of fallen SEALs,” a press release for the fundraiser states.

As one of the largest benevolent organizations serving the Naval Special Warfare community, the Navy SEAL Foundation helps its members through six main areas of support; warrior and family support, educational opportunities, tragedy assistance and survivor support, warrior transition, veterans support, and legacy preservation.

“Many of our military members face challenges when transitioning from active duty service to life and jobs in the private sector,” says the Foundation’s director of marketing and communications, Sara Berry. “The Foundation works hand-in-hand with many world-class organizations to give our transitioning warriors opportunities for personal and professional development, skill-building and resume services and opportunities to meet with groups and companies that can assist them in finding a job that fits their skills and desires.”

Navy SEALs have been in sustained combat for over 16 years, performing hazardous work in unforgiving environments at an unrelenting pace. Currently deployed in over 35 countries across the globe, Navy SEALs spend up to 270 days each year in harm’s way. Last year, the Foundation provided nearly $2 million in education support, $1.4 million of which was in the form of scholarships. For families and children of fallen SEALs, support is offered in the form of counseling, mortgage support, home maintenance, and even computers for school children.

The event will take place from 3 to 5 p.m., at Navy Beach, 16 Navy Road in Montauk, and will include food from Navy Beach wines provided by Turquoise Life, beer by Montauk Brewing Co., a raffle and silent auction. The cost is $50 per adult, $25 for veterans, and free for children under the age of 16 at the door. Advance purchase is recommended. For more information, visit navybeach.com.

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