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2016 New York City Salute to Service Awards

2016 New York City Salute to Service Awards
Mike Lee

Mike Lee, a native of Chicago, graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Creative Writing. At LMU, Mike developed international and domestic volunteer trips and served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Student Veterans Organization. Mike’s professional background is in advertising and marketing, and has experience in executing large print and digital campaigns for non-profit and tourism clients. He lives in Los Angeles where he thinks a lot about dogs, bourbon, and the Chicago Bears.

On Tuesday, April 12, Team Rubicon hosted the 2016 New York City Salute to Service Awards. It’s a special night, created to honor some of the most outstanding partners of Team Rubicon who support veterans.

Team Rubicon and Team Depot volunteers turned the 69th Regiment Armory in Manhattan into a mock Team Rubicon FOB (Forward Operating Base), complete with skid steers, an Alaska tent, chainsaw kits, tech station, and a beer cooler or two. Willie Geist, Host of NBC’s “Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist,” Co-host, NBC’s “TODAY” and Co-host, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”, was the evening’s emcee and John Oliver, host of “Last Week Tonight”, provided entertainment.

Special Guest John Oliver brings down the house.
Special Guest John Oliver brings down the house.

The PwC Charitable Foundation was presented with Team Rubicon’s 2016 Commitment to Service Award for their outstanding support for our veterans. Since 2012, the PwC Charitable Foundation and the people of PwC have financially supported the deployment of Team Rubicon’s volunteers to areas devastated by disaster. The Foundation is also a direct sponsor of TR’s Ready Reserve, which increases the efficiency and capacity of Team Rubicon’s disaster response efforts to more proactively support disaster victims and support national operations.

Mitch Roschelle of the PwC Charitable Foundation was on hand to accept the 2016 Commitment to Service Award for the Foundation.
Mitch Roschelle of the PwC Charitable Foundation was on hand to accept the 2016 Commitment to Service Award for the Foundation.

By providing our supporters and partners to get a feel for a Team Rubicon disaster response operation while rubbing shoulders with Team Rubicon Region II members and national staff, we hope to raise the funds we need to keep the Team Rubicon disaster response machine humming.

Thanks to the outstanding support of our sponsors and the generosity of the attendees, Team Rubicon netted nearly $450,000 to fund our disaster response operations.

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See more photos from the 2016 New York City Salute to Service Awards here.