Fairfield Ludlowe Gives $100K from Sticks for Soldiers Proceeds

Fairfield, Conn., June 19, 2014 - The Fairfield Ludlowe boys' lacrosse team and representatives of Sticks For Soldiers, Inc. recently gifted $100,000 in proceeds of the annual Fall lacrosse tournament event to honorees US. Army Captain Ben Harrow and US Army Specialist Sean Pesce.

The proceeds were raised from the November 2013 tournament fees and activities, held on Thanksgiving weekend and hosted by Fairfield Ludlowe Lacrosse, with additional donations accepted through late winter. The soldiers shared the proceeds, with each receiving $50,000 toward their various future life needs such as housing, education, well-being, family expenses, or living modifications.

Sean Pesce, with a spinal cord injury from 13 gunshots in October, 2012, was presented his gift at dinner with his family in West Haven, Connecticut. Sticks For Soldiers President Jim Tommins made the presentation along with Head Coach ( and S4S officer) Chris Parisi and Treasurer Dave Macoy, along with team captains Ryan Vitale, John Carey and Matt White, and other players. Sean's mother Gail, his brother and family friend also enjoyed the dinner.

Benjamin Harrow, a Special Forces Commander, West Point graduate, and former Army lacrosse player, lost both of his legs from an IED in Afghanistan in May 2012. His gift was presented at a luncheon with Jim Tommins in Rockville, Maryland.

The 2014 Sticks For Soldiers Tournament- the 9th annual- is scheduled for Saturday, November 29th at Fairfield Ludlowe High School. Honorees will be announced in the fall.

Sticks for Soldiers is a 501(c)3 non-profit with a mission to raise money to support future needs of severely- wounded soldiers, and promote youth awareness, through the tournament, of the service and sacrifice being made by people just a few years older than themselves. It is organized and hosted by volunteers of the Fairfield Ludlowe High School lacrosse team. Held every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, it is the players who "Give Thanks" to these servicemen and women.

Team entry fees and other fund-raising activities, including private donations, contribute towards the charity support. Started in 2006 with just six teams, the idea came from long-time lacrosse advocate Mike Voucas with support by Fairfield Ludlowe head coach Chris Parisi and a number of dedicated volunteers.

Established as a non-profit charity organization headed by Jim Tommins in 2012, the tournament has grown to over 58 regional teams with over 850 participants, and has now raised over $325,000 in 8 years, and donations are accepted year-round. Sticks For Soldiers, Inc. is a registered 501c3 non-profit charity. FEIN 46-0962202. For more information, see www.sticksforsoldiers.org/.

2014-06-19



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