WHAT AN INSPIRING NIGHT!
More than 250 community and business leaders joined together with City Year New Hampshire to honor veterans and celebrate the shared value of service to a cause greater than self. Guests of the gala, held at the iconic Wentworth by the Sea Hotel in New Castle, were welcomed by Major General (Ret.) Kenneth Clark, who recognized members of the military in attendance and shared he “believes passionately in military and citizen service,” before introducing an inspiring line up of speakers including Governor Chris Sununu, and Manchester Mayor, Joyce Craig.
Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts moved the crowd with words of honor for those with whom he served and gave their lives in service to our country. “I am proud to have the opportunity to come here tonight and recognize that the military doesn’t have the monopoly on service. There are so many types of service from political office, to civilian service, to first-responders, and these young men and women wearing those red jackets,” Pitts said.
Two City Year AmeriCorps members also had the chance to share their thoughts on service. Julie Lavoie shared that she came back to serve another year because of her students. However, her foundation and deep commitment to service came from her parents; in particular, her father who is a veteran and has been serving as a police officer and now chief of police for over three decades in Nashua. Anna Jackson shared that witnessing her students’ transformation to becoming eager learners is one of greatest joys in her life. She also shared her dream: “…one day I hope to combine my passion for music and education: to teach both music and English to English Language Learners.” She concluded her remarks by playing a captivating viola solo for the crowd.
Enjoy pictures from the event, HERE.
SAVE THE DATE
19th Annual Starry Starry Night
SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2019
THANK YOU TO THE GENEROUS SUPPORTERS OF OUR LIVE AND SILENT AUCTION: