MARLBORO, MD — Electrical Distributor CapitalTristate, a Sonepar Company, hosted nearly 500 customers and employees in San Diego recently as a part of their customer appreciation event “Fun In The Sun.” Guests stayed in the world famous Hotel Del in nearby Coronado. As a part of the festivities, guests spent an evening in the ballroom of the hotel, which has been used by several U.S. Presidents and world leaders to host grand dinners and events.
John Hardy, President of CapitalTristate was pleased to introduce the surprise entertainer for the night — Jay Leno, retired host of The Tonight Show. Following his one hour comedy set, the car enthusiast and philanthropist took a few moments to talk about one of the non-profit charity groups he supports — Wounded Warrior Project. He then introduced a special guest, Navy Lieutenant (Ret) Kevin Shaeffer and his wife, Blanca.
Kevin was working in the Navy Command Center on the first floor of the Pentagon’s “C-ring” when the September 11th attacks occurred. When American Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon, it passed through his office space, destroying everything in its path and taking the lives of many fellow co-workers. Miraculously, Kevin survived the initial explosion, and while severely burned over nearly 50 percent of his body, managed to escape.
He then waged a grueling struggle to survive at the Washington Hospital Center’s Burn Center and was ultimately medically retired from military service. His recovery was long and hard, and with the support of the Wounded Warrior Project, he has achieved far more than he thought possible. Kevin’s life story carries a unique message of service, sacrifice, determination, and courage.
Today, he strives with the Wounded Warrior Project to help make a difference in the lives of wounded service members and their families. Jay took a few minutes to interview Kevin so the audience could understand his story, and the importance of the Wounded Warrior Project before calling John Hardy back to the stage for a special presentation.
CapitalTristate proudly presented a check for $10,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project and company President John Hardy challenged the audience to support them too, by offering a matching fund for donations up to $25,000.Tagged with tED