Join us for the 4th Annual Healing on the Fly – New York City Dinner Gala and Auction on October 3, 2017 at The Metropolitan Club. 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.
Sponsorship at this level allows ten veterans to experience world class fishing in an international destination
Sponsorship at this level allows ten veterans to experience a premier fishing destination inside the U.S.
Sponsorship at this level allows five veterans to experience a premier fishing destination inside the U.S.
Sponsorship at this level supports activities and day trips for one Program for a full year
Sponsorship at this level sponsors equipment costs in a program for a full year
Sponsorship at this level sponsors one veteran in a national tournament fishing experience
Individual Ticket Opportunities
$750 – Benefactor
$500 – Patron
$300 – General Admission
(All but $225 of each ticket price is tax deductible)
Edward David “Boxcar” Hospodar was born February 9, 1959 in Bowling Green, Ohio and raised in Mississauga, Ontario. He is a retired American-Canadian professional ice hockey defenseman who played nine seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the New York Rangers, Hartford Whalers, Philadelphia Flyers, Minnesota North Stars and Buffalo Sabres. Ed went on to play in 450 NHL games, scored 17 goals and had 51 assists, with four goals and one assist during 44 playoff games. He acquired 1314 penalty minutes during his regular season games, and 208 penalty minutes during his playoff games. He retired from hockey in 1988. Hospodar received his nickname in junior hockey after a writer deemed the force of his checks to be commensurate with that of a “runaway boxcar”
Ed is the son of John Hospodar Jr., a U.S. Army veteran who landed on Utah Beach in Normandy, France on June 6, 1944 – D-Day – as part of the 90th Infantry Division (“the tough hombres”) and later participated in campaigns throughout Northern France, the Rhineland, Ardennes, Central Europe, and later, occupied Germany. During his time overseas, his father first showcased his penchant for a “good deal” earning the nickname “Rations” for his keen ability to barter and budget. After returning stateside, he utilized the GI Bill to put his keen business acumen to work, eventually earning his degree and a job with the Campbell Soup Company that would span 37 years and see him retire as Vice President, Controller for International Operations. During that time he raised a family of four alongside his wife Rita. The family adhered to his code of “fair, firm, faithful, forgiving, and fun” and is evidenced by the way he, and his family, lived each and every day.
We are honored to have Ed Hospodar and John Hospodar Jr. as keynote speakers at Healing on the Fly New York City on October 3, 2017
A Marine officer, Justin Constantine deployed to Iraq in 2006, serving as a Civil Affairs Team Leader while attached to an infantry battalion. During a combat patrol, Justin was shot in the head by a sniper. For his service in Iraq, he earned the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon and Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal. He retired from the Marine Corps at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and is now an inspirational speaker and veteran advocate. Justin speaks to large companies and organizations about leadership, the upside of change, teamwork and overcoming adversity.
In 2012, the Virginia Legislature passed a resolution highlighting Justin’s continued support of other wounded warriors. Justin is a Presidential Leadership Scholar, has been named a Champion of Change by the White House, and was awarded the prestigious inaugural 2014 Lincoln Award recognizing his outstanding achievement in providing opportunities and support to our nation’s veterans and military families.
We are honored that LtCol (ret) Constantine, USMC will address the audience as a special guest speaker.