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Anniversary Is Rallying Point for Wounded Warrior Support

Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP launched a yearlong twentieth anniversary celebration in support of Wounded Warrior Project, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness for and providing assistance to wounded service members and their families.

Recently, CDF welcomed guest speaker and 9/11 Pentagon survivor Navy Lt. Kevin Shaeffer at a Warriors Speak special event at its San Diego office. Lt. Shaeffer recalled his triumphant survival story of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon. Shaeffer suffered burns on nearly 50 percent of his body in the attack.

Shaeffer was working in the Navy Command Center on the first floor of the Pentagon’s “C-ring” when Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon and passed through his office, destroying most everything in its path and taking the lives of many of his co-workers.

Miraculously, Shaeffer managed to escape the initial explosion. He then waged a grueling struggle to survive at the Washington Hospital Center’s Burn Center and was ultimately medically retired from military service. Shaeffer fought hard to heal from his injuries, and was determined to contribute to learning the lessons of 9/11, and help to bring those responsible for the attacks to justice.

After a full recovery, he was selected to serve as one of 26 professional staff members on the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the 9/11 Commission.

Following the 9/11 Commission, Shaeffer served critical roles working in our nation’s highest priority counterterrorism and counterproliferation mission areas. Shaeffer’s life story carries a unique message of service, sacrifice, determination, and courage. Today, he works with the Wounded Warrior Project to help make a difference in the lives of wounded service members and their families.

Following Lt. Shaeffer’s speech, CDFs San Diego Managing Partner Dave Carothers presented a $5,000 starting contribution to the Wounded Warrior Project from the firm.

Carothers said the Wounded Warrior Project is important to his attorneys and staff, many of whom are veterans or have military ties. Carothers said the firm will “bolster its fundraising throughout the year with organized group events away from the office and internal charitable efforts within our network of CDF offices statewide.”

The Rady School of Management at University of California, San Diego announced a $1 million matching gift donation from local philanthropist and campus supporter Ernest Rady. Rady has pledged to donate one dollar for every sixty cents raised by the school for fellowships, up to $1 million. For more information about supporting the Rady School of Management, please visit rady.ucsd.edu/invest/give.

San Diego Zoo Global announced that it is the recipient of the largest education gift in its history. The gift of $6 million comes from the Price Family Charitable Fund and is designated to provide a permanent endowment for San Diego Zoo Global’s education programs for Title 1 schools in San Diego County.

Feeding America San Diego announced a $20,000 grant from The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation. The donation is part of a three-year, $1,000,000 grant from the foundation to Feeding America to support critical child hunger initiatives nationwide. 

Mission Federal Credit Union visited the San Diego Natural History Museum and presented them with a $5,000 grant. More than 400 students from Title 1 schools will be able to take part in museum programs thanks to this gift from Mission Federal Credit Union. For information visit sdnhm.org.

Please email Kudos/Giving items to sglidden@sdbj.com.

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