2013-08-29 / Naval Community

Concert of Honor

By Jack Kelly

The Wounded Warrior Project is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors from our nation’s recent and present conflicts. Monday, Sept. 2 has been proclaimed “Wounded Warrior Day” by the City of Newport. To celebrate this event, the East Bay Colonial Dames of Rhode Island and the Wounded Warrior Project are sponsoring a concert in support of wounded veterans.

According to Mike Holty, Wounded Warrior Project fundraising team chairman, “This is a family event and it is free to the public so that we can celebrate this great day in Newport. We will be accepting donations, and every penny collected will go to assisting veterans through the Wounded Warrior Project’s many programs.”

The free concert, featuring Navy Band Northeast, will be held at Cardines Field in Newport from 2–3 p.m.

The Wounded Warrior Project also serves to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of severely injured servicemen and women. Specific programs include benefits counseling, adaptive sports programs, advocacy at the local and national levels, alumni and peer mentoring, and employment training and counseling. The local volunteer group has an annual goal of $50,000. They have raised $20,000 to date.

Holty, a retired U.S. Navy captain, and his wife, Odette, residents of Newport, are highly committed to this veterans support group. “When we fully retired five years ago we looked for a good charity to volunteer with and give back to the community and veterans,” said Holty, who, with his wife, sponsors six to eight events in the region annually.

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