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United Water and KKR Give Little League a Chance

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Who can forget the devastating images of Hurricane Sandy?  Homes and businesses were torn apart and the emotional toll was even higher than monetary value.   It can be difficult to rebuild and get a fresh start with damages in the millions.

However, United Water and its financial partner Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) recently donated $50,000 to Bayonne Little League to help restore facilities that were damaged during the storm. The money was presented at Little League Family Day which was sponsored by both companies at the Little League complex.

Part of the reason they chose to donate to this particular cause was that it was for the kids.  They wanted to give the children hope for their team.  The playing fields, office, concession stand and bathrooms were all inundated and damaged by tidal waters during the storm.

United Water often provides assistance to community organizations that are in need.  According to Chris Riat, senior director of NJ contract operations for United Water, “We chose the Bayonne Little League because of the outstanding impact it has had on the city’s youth over the years and the countless hours spent by the volunteers who run the organization. We are proud to be of assistance.”

“With United Water and KKR’s assistance, we are able to restore the Little League facilities and continue to provide an enriching experience for the children in Bayonne,” said Joe Spengler, commissioner of the Bayonne Little League. “We are grateful for their contribution and support.”

KKR is a global investment firm that works with companies and investment partners around the world “to deliver flexible capital solutions.” Henry Kravis is the co-founder and co-CEO of KKR.  According to the website, KKR is “a global investor with a long-term horizon.  KKR makes…decisions that can have an enormous impact: millions of individuals depend upon [us for]…quality of life.”

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Wounded Warrior Project

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Last week, the New York Yankees General Manager, Brian Cashman, broke his leg and dislocated his ankle doing a charity parachute jump for the Wounded Warrior Project. And despite being laid up for the next eight weeks, Cashman says he’s glad that the WWP is getting some well-deserved recognition.

In observance of that tradition and in appreciation of the work they’re doing, we’ve decided to profile the WWP. Their mission, stated in large, bold letters on their website, is simply “To honor and empower wounded warriors.”

Every generation has seen men, and more recently, women, returning from war. In the past, those war veterans were thrown back into life as though nothing had changed. But if time has taught us one thing, it’s the fact that going to war can’t not change a person. Whether it’s physically or mentally, our warriors come back different people—and it’s not always easy for them to readjust back into normal life.

With that thought in mind, WWP works “[to] foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.” In order to do this, they’re raising public awareness and soliciting help for wounded service members, promoting camaraderie between fellow injured service members, and providing support programs to help injured service members return to everyday life.

WWP aims to accomplish their goals while always keeping five core values in mind: Fun, Integrity, Loyalty, Innovation, and Service (FILIS). Their program offerings currently include programs in the categories of Mind, Body, Economic Empowerment, and Engagement.

The Wounded Warrior Project is a nonprofit organization, and therefore donations are tax deductible. Funds can be donated in honor or memory of individuals, and go toward funding assistance programs for returning servicemen and women and their families. Donations options include one-time and recurring (Advance Guard monthly donor).

To learn more about Brian Cashman and how he helped raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project, click here.

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GM of Yankees Breaks Leg for Charity

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Brian Cashman is the General Manager for the New York Yankees—no small responsibility. The Yankees are the highest paid team in Major League Baseball, and Cashman is the man who decides which multimillion-dollar contracts to offer. It turns out the baseball bigwig is also a charitable sort of man.

Last week, Cashman broke his right fibula and dislocated his ankle after participating in a charity parachute jump in Florida. The charity jump was being conducted as a way to raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization that offers support to military veterans when they return from service.

But despite the fact that Cashman had to undergo surgery last Monday following the break, his attitude was positive. “I’m in great spirits and it was an awesome experience,” he said in a statement last week. “The Golden Knights are first class. While I certainly didn’t intend to raise awareness in exactly this fashion, I’m extremely happy that the Wounded Warrior Project is getting the well-deserved additional attention.”

“The Golden Knights” is the nickname for the U.S. Army’s parachute team. Cashman’s break occurred on his second of two tandem jumps at the Homestead Air Reserve Base near Miami. He was accompanied by a parachutist from the group.

Whether breaking his leg will be enough to deter Cashman from future daredevil activities remains to be seen. He is also known for rappelling from the Landmark Building in Stamford, Connecticut a few years past. The building is 22 stories high, and rappelling during Christmastime has now become tradition.

“The attempt of this whole jump was to raise awareness. And some much-needed funds,” he said in an interview last week. And despite the fact that he made a mistake that cost him a broken leg, he doesn’t regret it. “… I was so honored to participate and do something I’d never done before. Even though maybe I’m not good at it.”