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SEAL -- Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation benefit raises $250K

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Craig and Rebecca Irving hosted the Fifth Annual SEAL -- Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Family Foundation fundraiser at their home in Point Loma on Sept. 14, raising more than $250,000 to support the NSW community, including approximately 2,000 active-duty SEALs and their families.

The event, which had attendance of more than 500 generous supporters, featured dinner, a live auction and keynote presentation by Gen. Wesley Clark.

Several years ago, Craig Irving, president of The Irving Group in San Diego, determined that the San Diego business community could do more to support the significant needs of the SEALs and their families. Through the support of the NSW Family Foundation, various programs have been designed to address the unique challenges faced by the SEALs and their families, including opportunities for the families to attend various social events, and to provide supplemental funding for programs that address family needs during times of deployment.

Today, the NSW Family Foundation Board includes Irving, John Galt, John Moninger, John Heffner, Shaun Burnett, Craig Cassell, Rodney Scully, Hal Kuykendall, Jack Kennedy, Bill Strauss, Dominique Plewes, Simon Davis and Mike Thornton.

The NSW Family Foundation's vision is to provide support services to the NSW community. This is pursued by collaborating with the leaders in Family Support to better understand the effects of deployment; by frequent analysis to ensure we are meeting current needs; by the delivery of exceptional programs; and by educating and involving the civilian population in support of these elite warriors. NSWFF programs include Family Resiliency and Services, NSW Kids, Bereavement Support, Transition Assistance, Counter Deployment, Global Outreach, Emergency Assistance and Wounded Warriors.

The NSW Family Foundation will be staging several upcoming events, including a Nov. 7 fundraiser at Dick's Last Resort in downtown San Diego; March 22, 2014 for the Third Annual Golf Tournament and Dinner Gala at the Del Mar Country Club; March 27, 2014 Quail Hollow Gala in Charlotte, NC; and a Los Angeles dinner gala on May 3, 2014 at the Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica. For more information on these events, please visit www.seal-nswfamilyfoundation.org.

About SEAL - Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation

The SEAL - Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation plays a key role in supporting the NSW Community and through its programs helps to ensure NSW is able to maintain a resilient, sustainable, and healthy force in this era of persistent conflict and frequent deployments. The NSW Family Foundation's efforts allow the Navy SEALs and their fellow NSW Warriors to focus on their training and deployment with a greater sense of ease knowing that their loved ones have an active support network here at home. In the event a warrior is wounded or killed we quickly focus our attention on helping the families with mutual support, bereavement resources, and social events designed to allow friends and family to get together to share their grief and begin to rebuild their lives. In these situations our goal is to rapidly deploy resources to fill gaps in Government and Military Programs. The Foundation provides support that the government and other benevolent organizations do not. An expansive charter allows the Foundation to provide tailored support that has been vetted through the service members' chain of command. Close coordination with Naval Special Warfare Family Support and the NSW Command keep the Foundation highly attuned and responsive to the ever-changing needs of the NSW Community.

Our Morale and Welfare programs support the NSW Community with a wide array of services that include Seasonal Events which allow thousands within the NSW Community to gather and spend time at specially crafted events designed to promote morale and to make sure our warriors and their families know civilians appreciate their sacrifice. Our "Overseas Programs" provide the troops with items and support they might not otherwise obtain and our "Bridge the Gap" program purchases specialized Rehab Equipment to speed the recovery of the injured and wounded. For more information on the NSW Family Foundation, visit www.seal-nswfamilyfoundation.org

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