NSF Logo

Foundation News                                        DECEMBER 2011

5th Annual Navy SEAL Foundation Benefit in New York City Raises Funds and Support for Naval Special Warfare Community      


An estimated 1,700 people gathered at the Hilton New York in Manhattan, Dec. 1 for the 5th Annual Navy SEAL Foundation Benefit for a gala evening, celebrating the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) forces, including U.S. Navy SEALs, Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman, Naval Special Warfare support personnel and their families.


The benefit raised an estimated $5.5 million to support the NSW community and their families, according to event chairman and former Navy SEAL Michael Martin.


Martin stressed that the foundation's mission on the home front, supporting families, is of paramount importance not only to the wives and children of SEALs, but also to the SEALs themselves.


"SEALs killed in combat need an organization to support the team and family," said Martin. "Eleven years of combat has taken a toll on families."


This year the benefit was underwritten by TriWest Healthcare Alliance. Martin said that because of their generous support, the majority of the money raised this year will go to the foundation and directly supports such programs as survivor assistance, child development, active duty SEAL support, mortgage relief and scholarships to benefit families of the NSW community.


Celebrity host, actor/comedian Denis Leary was one of many people attending the event who have a passion for supporting the military and its families. Leary was brought on to host the event because of his strong public support of the military. His firefighter character from the hit television drama "Rescue Me" closely resembles the same spirit possessed by SEAL team members, and he works extensively through his charity, The Leary Firefighters Foundation, on behalf of firefighters and rescue workers across the nation, said Martin. 


To donate $10 now, text SEAL to 90999

The Navy SEAL Foundation is certified by the Independent Charities of America as a "Best in America" Charity and has received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.



In the address box of your text function on your cell phone enter 90999

In the message box enter SEAL and press send.

A one-time $10 charge will be added to your wireless bill.  

Ringing in a Gala Event 


Navy SEAL Foundation board directors and volunteers from the Navy SEAL Foundation rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange Nov. 30 in celebration of the 5th Annual Navy SEAL Foundation Benefit at the Hilton New York, Dec. 1-and in recognition of the Naval Special Warfare families that the foundation supports. To see the video, click here

Thank You to Our Sponsors and Volunteers


The Navy SEAL Foundation expresses its deep appreciation to
TriWest HealthCare Alliance for generously sponsoring the 5th Annual Navy SEAL Foundation Benefit and to the following organizations and volunteers who made the event a resounding success:

2011 Benefit Co-Chairs

Donald G. Abbey

Roger Ailes

Justin and Victoria Gmelich

The Heinz Family


David* and Eugenia Janke

Lincoln Financial Group

David J. McIntyre, Jr.

Spangenberg Family Foundation


2011 Benefit Committee

Chairman, NYC Dinner Gala

Michael Martin*


Event Committee

Joseph Femenia* Goldman Sachs

Timothy Phillips* American Cancer Society

Will Rogers* Credit Suisse


Lead Family Advocate

Jim Carrier Edgewood Management


Host Committee Co-Chairs

Jim Ball* Morgan Stanley

Drew Fox Fortress Investment Group


Host Committee

Garth Appelt Moore Capital Management

Drew Bisset* Bisset Utility Consulting Services

David Burke MKP Capital Management

Norm Carley* CCR Enterprises

Jim Carrier Edgewood Management

Max Corvin K2 Advisors

Andrew Darcy* Citigroup

Andrew Dausch Brevan Howard

Dan DeBono* Elliott Management

Donald Devine Maverick Capital

Joseph Femenia* Goldman Sachs

Quinn Fionda* Scopia Capital

Rod Fox TigerRisk Partners

Tim Galbraith Morningstar Alternatives

George Glyphis JP Morgan

Doug Godine Signal Hill Capital

Cary Goodwin HSBC Securities

Howdie Goodwin Miura Global

Andy Groat Ridgeway Conger

David Guernsey Navy SEAL Foundation

D.J. Haley* Ziff Brothers Investments

John Holl Knight Trading

Ray Kamrath Faros Trading

Brendan Kilfeather Fortress Investment Group

Steve Kurz Fortress Investment Group

Michael Martin* Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Jim Papineau* The Rappahannock Companies

Timothy Phillips* American Cancer Society

Brian Rathjen Kelson Group

Brendan Rogers* Severn River Capital

David Silverman* McChrystal Group

Kraig Siracuse Park Strategies

Travis West DE Shaw & Co.

William C. White* Basin Street Properties  


*Former SEAL as of 10/3/2011

In This Issue
5th Annual Navy SEAL Foundation Benefit in New York City Raises Funds and Support for Naval Special Warfare Community
Ringing in a Gala Event
Thank You to Our Sponsors and Volunteers

Quick Links  


Donate Today    


Event Calendar       


Find us on Facebook

Join Our Mailing List

Navy SEAL Foundation Board of Directors


Chairman Albert M. Calland III* CACI International, Inc.

Vice Chairman D.J. Haley* Ziff Brothers Investments

Treasurer Jim Ball* Morgan Stanley



Michael Baumer* Morgan Stanley

Norman J. Carley* CCR Enterprises, Inc.

Joseph Femenia* Goldman Sachs

James Papineau* The Rappahannock Companies

Brendan Rogers* Severn River Capital

William C. White* Basin Street Properties


Navy SEAL Foundation Staff   

James A. Smith* Executive Director

Robin King Chief Financial Officer

David Guernsey Director of Development

Tammy Mason Executive Assistant


*Former SEAL