FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Justin Jaycon
December 19, 2023
The Long Island Elite Donates $125k to Paws of War
Throughout 2023, the Long Island Elite (LIE) has continued to focus its charitable efforts to make an impact locally on Long island. The networking and philanthropy group announced its most recent donation of $125,000 to its not-for-profit charity partner of the year, Paws of War. With this donation, the Long Island Elite has now donated more than $1.2 million to local Long Island not-for-profit organizations.
The funds raised by Long Island Elite in 2023 will give Paws of War additional resources to further its mission of “helping both ends of the leash” by providing services to veterans, first responders and their service or companion animals. These activities will support the mental wellbeing of individuals in Paws of War programs, giving back to the heroes who have sacrificed so much for this country. Having service or companion animals has proven to be an effective way to enhance mental wellbeing and reduce veteran suicides. LIE volunteers and funds raised will also assist in rescuing dogs and cats and pairing them with local heroes in the community.
“As a Marine Corps veteran, I personally understand the struggles that veterans face every day,” said Frank Morizio, Jr., Long Island Elite President. “This year, our entire organization was dedicated to saying ‘thank you’ to our local heroes who served our country and our communities by supporting Paws of War. Working with them as our charity partner allowed us to positively impact and likely save the lives of Long Island veterans and first responders who we may never meet or know about. These funds will greatly assist Paws of War by covering the substantial costs to train service animals to assist with PTSD and other trauma often experienced by this group, as well as purchasing additional vehicles for local and regional transport needs. Congratulations to all who made this another record-setting year!”
Paws of War is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to train and place service animals and companion dogs to support and provide independence to U.S. military veterans that suffer from the emotional and physical effects of war. The non-profit also provides animal rescue for U.S. troops who have befriended an animal while serving overseas. The organization also serves as a community center where veterans and first responders come together daily to build bonds and support each other.
About the Long Island Elite
The Long Island Elite is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is dedicated to fostering the development of Long Island’s business and philanthropic communities. Its core goal is to bring business professionals together to support each other’s careers through a variety of networking, business and community functions. The organization takes a leadership role in helping local nonprofits raise money and gain more recognition. As a philanthropic liaison, Long Island Elite provides forums such as special events, outreach programs, and fundraising support to help its annual charity partner organization grow and thrive.