An evening in support of the veterans we serve

Healing on the Fly: Boston

Presented by Ropes & Gray

Join us for the Inaugural Healing on the Fly – Boston on October 24, 2017 at The Exchange.  Presented by Ropes & Gray, this special evening in support of the veterans we serve will feature a cocktail hour with silent auction, seated dinner, a short program featuring special guest speakers as well as a live auction with many unique specialty items.

All proceeds from the events go towards providing the thousands of injured and disabled veterans we serve annually with the support they need on their journeys to recovery.


Dates: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Time:  6:00 pm Cocktails  |  7:00 pm Dinner

Address: The Exchange
212 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

Sponsorship Opportunities

Presenting Sponsor

Ropes & Gray is a preeminent global law firm with more than 1,200 lawyers and legal professionals serving clients in major centers of business, finance, technology and government. The firm has offices in New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul, and has consistently been recognized for its leading practices in many areas, including private equity, M&A, finance, investment management, hedge funds, real estate, tax, life sciences, health care, intellectual property, business & securities litigation, government enforcement, privacy & cybersecurity and business restructuring.

$20,000 Event Sponsor

Sponsorship at this level allows ten veterans to experience a premier fishing destination inside the U.S.

  • Reserved seating for 15 guests
    • Sponsor may request option to enjoy priority seating with PHWFF veterans
  • Major listing in all press, in event program, PHWFF website and social media
  • Prominent space in written event program reserved for Event Sponsor ad
  • Verbal recognition during event

$10,000 National Trip Sponsor

Sponsorship at this level allows five veterans to experience a premier fishing destination inside the U.S.

  • Reserved seating for 10 guests
    • Sponsor may request option to enjoy priority seating with PHWFF veterans
  • Major listing in event program, PHWFF website and social media
  • Space in written event program
  • Verbal recognition during the event

$5,000 Program Sponsor

Sponsorship at this level supports activities and day trips for one Program for a full year

  • Reserved seating for 6 guests
  • Prominent listing in event program, PHWFF website and social media
  • Verbal recognition during event

$2,500 Equipment Sponsor

Sponsorship at this level sponsors equipment costs in a program for a full year

  • Reserved seating for 4 guests
  • Prominent listing in event program, PHWFF website and social media

$1,000 Tournament Competition Sponsor

Sponsorship at this level sponsors one veteran in a national tournament fishing experience

  • Reserved seating for 2 guests
  • Listing in event program

Individual Ticket Opportunities

$750 –  Benefactor

$500 –  Patron

$89 –  General Admission

Contact President and CEO Todd Desgrosseilliers at

Special Guests

SSG (ret) George Draper, U.S. Army

Draper was born in Maine and grew up in a little town called Greene.  He signed up for the Army on August 3, 1976.  After basic training he served at Ft. Devens, Mass. with the 39th Combat Eng. and trained with the 10th Special Forces.  Following his time at Ft. Devens, Draper went to Germany to serve with the 317th Combat Eng. for three years.  Training himself to run long distance, he  would rise early (up at 3am) to run between 12-18 miles per day. As a result, he was selected to run for the Army and completed his first marathon at the 1st International Frankfort Germany Marathon.  Each weekend Draper had off, he would run two half marathons.

While in Germany, Draper was able to attend two leadership courses -BNCOC and ANCOC, and volunteered for any other courses available. As a result, he got to do a wide variety of jobs while in service.  One job he found of particular interest was S-2, Recon Sergeant, where he got to do background investigation for security clearances, and teaching Soviet Equipment and related classes to the Battalion.   Upon his return stateside, he went to Ft Campbell, KY and the 20th Combat Eng. While there he worked in S-3 training putting together training schedules and grading the classes being presented.  To be able to do this required a lot of classes for him to be qualified and he went through the 101st Airborne Air Assault School and then the Repel Master course.  Though these were very tough courses, he loved every bit of it.  While repelling from a helicopter, Draper had an accident, as the helicopter had a malfunction with the gear – and that was the beginning of his spinal cord injuries.  It took him a long time to recover from that accident but he went on to Drill Sergeant School afterwards and became a DI at Ft Leonard Wood, MO.  He had made the E-7 list and was taking some college courses.  At the age of 45, Draper’s father passed away, leaving his mother with two young brothers with disabilities. Afterwards, he felt he was needed more at home at the time and left the service.  Less than fifteen months after being out of the service, Draper’s back gave out and he couldn’t walk or stand up so he underwent a few lower back surgeries and a neck surgery.  In 2005, he was about to get married in nine days and was en route to the VA for an appointment when he was seriously rear-ended and broke everything in my back, neck and shoulder.  After going through another long series of surgeries (putting two plates in his neck and two rods in his lower back).  “This left me pretty much with nothing to do but look out the windows.  I took some Adult Ed classes for drawing and painting.  Then a friend of ours told me about Fly Tying.  I never fly fished before so didn’t have a clue.  He loaned me a video of Joan Wulff fly fishing.   I looked for a class and took up Fly Tying.  During this time I was attending pain clinic classes at the VA. which led me to PHWFF and from there it has been a new world for me from never coming out of the house or yard to being so busy I can’t find enough time to get to everything I’ve learned.  I find the busier I stay the better it is to keep my mind off the pain.  What a great thing to have and to share it with veterans!  I try to help teach kids and anyone that wants to know.  I’m a firm believer in giving back and passing it forward.  PHWFF has saved my life.”  George Draper has since become the Regional Coordinator for New England and continues to share his passion for PHWFF with veterans in home state of Maine and throughout New England.

We are honored to have SSG (ret) George Draper, U.S. Army as a speakers at Healing on the Fly – Boston on October 24, 2017 at The Exchange.

Col. Todd Desgrosseilliers, USMC (ret)

Todd Desgrosseillers

Todd Desgrosseilliers is the President and Chief Executive Officer for Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. – a nationwide nonprofit organization that provides rehabilitative fly fishing programs for disabled active duty personnel and for disabled veterans.

Todd is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and infantry officer with 31 years of service to our Nation.  A native of Auburn, Maine, he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1985 and attained the rank of Sergeant before becoming an infantry officer.  He commanded at each rank and most recently served as the Commanding Officer, The Basic School from 2012 to 2014. He also served as the Commanding Officer, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines from 2005 to 2007 – deploying the Battalion to Iraq in 2006-2007, where they conducted counter-insurgency operations in Ramadi and Fallujah. Previously, he served as the Executive Officer for 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines – deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004-2005.  During this deployment he fought in Operation Al FAJR in Fallujah, Iraq where he was wounded several times in close quarters combat with the enemy.  He is also a veteran of numerous other operations and 11 unit deployments overseas.

He is a graduate of the Marine Corps Scout-Sniper Instructor Course; the Marine Corps Summer Mountain Leaders’ Course; Amphibious Warfare School; and the Marine Corps Command and Staff College. He also completed the National Security Fellowship at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2008. He holds a Bachelors degree in history from Boston University and a Masters degree in military science from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College.

Todd is married to the former Christiana Drake. They have a daughter Katherine, and two sons, Todd and Michael.   His personal military decorations include the Silver Star Medal, two Bronze Star Medals both with Valor Devices, two Purple Heart Medals, two Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.

Todd developed a love for fly fishing growing up in Maine chasing its abundant native brook trout and landlocked salmon in its numerous lakes and streams.  Todd reconnected with fly fishing after joining the Project Healing Waters’ Fly Fishing program at Fort Belvoir, Virginia upon the recommendation of his physical therapist in March 2015.  As a participant and volunteer, Todd recognized the remarkable physical and emotional transformation that the Project Healing Waters Program initiated for him and for his fellow participants and he decided that he wanted to join its exceptional team after his medical retirement from the military in 2016.

We are honored that Col (ret) Todd Desgrosseilliers, USMC will address the audience as a special guest speaker.

Rich DiMare

Rich DiMare was born an entertainer; he’s a talented singer; a seasoned radio veteran; and he’s not shy in front of the camera.

Dj’ing is where it all began. Rich got his start playing some of Boston’s hottest clubs. Now, Rich is the resident DJ for the Red Sox and works at the most exclusive Hotels in New England as Host, MC, and DJ for their most extravagant parties and private events. As a DJ he is known for his crafty ability to read the crowd, and pack any dance floor.

Rich’s talents don’t stop at being a great DJ.  Rich is also a great singer. Featured by the Boston Globe as “hottest new lounge singer in Boston,” Rich has over 10 years experience as a professional singer. He has released two albums and is most often compared to modern contemporaries such as Micheal Buble’ and Harry Connick Jr.

In 2002, Rich got his start in the radio industry working promotions for Greater Media.  After a short stint at Greater Media Rich landed the job on Boston’s #1 Radio Station Kiss108. Rich is heavily involved at Kiss108, where he is a part of the legendary  “Matty in the Morning Show” and is the producer of the Top 30 Countdown, working alongside Billy Costa.

In 2011, Rich was seen on hundreds of national TV stations including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CWN, MNT, IND, TELEMUNDO, WCRB,WBZ, representing Kiss 108 on the MDA Telethon.  In 2015 Rich was the co-host on FOX25 Zip Trips. The FOX zip trips are a LIVE morning news & entertainment program that broadcast live form a different town each week. In addition to his time at FOX25, Rich has hosted segments on Dirty Water Media on NESN.

DJ, Producer, Host, and Singer — whether on air or on stage, versatile and charismatic Rich DiMare entertains.

We’re honored that Mr. DiMare will sing the National Anthem and serve as Auctioneer at the inaugural Healing on the Fly Boston.

Bob Fitch

Bob’s career has included military service as an Army officer with tours in Germany and Vietnam. He was the Staff Director for the Program and Budget Sub-Committee of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and held senior positions with BAE Systems, Marconi, Tracor and GDE Systems.

Bob has or continues to serve on the Boards of the USO and the USO Foundation, George C. Marshall Foundation, Ford’s Theatre Society, National Cryptologic Museum Foundation, Marymount University and the Youth Challenge Program. He is currently the Chairman of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing.

Bob Graduated from the University of Rhode Island and received his MBA from the University of Dallas Graduate School of Management. He is a member of the Sigma Iota honor society and he is a Sigma Chi. He resides in Arlington, Virginia with his wife Robin.

We’re honored that Mr. Fitch will serve as Master of Ceremonies at Healing on the Fly – Boston on October 24, 2017 at The Exchange