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President: CWO Richard Sambenedetto
CWOA Philadelphia Hurricane Harvey Fundraiser
by: MSSD3 Aaron Foster
Late in the evening of August 25th, Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coastline as a Category 4 hurricane; the first major storm to hit the United States in almost 12 years. Over the next few days, the storm would stall, bringing torrential rain to Houston and the surrounding areas. Overall, Hurricane Harvey dumped and unprecedented amount of rainfall, over 4 feet in some areas, causing catastrophic flooding to the great state of Texas.
As in previous natural disasters, the U.S. Coast Guard rose to the occasion and answered the call. We tirelessly conducted search and rescue operations and were able to save over 11,000 people! While the search and rescue operations were a resounding success, the long road to recovery is just beginning.
Over 1,300 family members of Coastguardsmen were evacuated prior to Harvey’s landfall. Many of the members stationed in the Gulf region sustained damage to their homes and belongings. Thousands of Americans have pulled together to help those effected by Hurricane Harvey.
In Philadelphia, the members of the Chief Warrant Officer’s Association were looking for a practical way to help fellow Coastguardsmen in need in the Gulf region. On Friday, September 8th, Sector Delaware Bay held its annual volleyball tournament. This event is coordinated and ran the by CWOA Philadelphia Chapter. We organize the teams, set up the brackets, and purchase food and supplies to sell a barbeque lunch to raise money for our CWOA Chapter.
We held our monthly meeting three days before and it was voted on and decided that we would donate 100% of the funds raised by the volleyball tournament and barbeque sale to the Disaster Relief and Response fund set up by the Coast Guard Foundation.
The day before the tournament, MSSE2 Nick Mimms slowly smoked 4 Boston Pork Butts for over 17 hours! The morning of the volleyball tournament, members of the CWOA gathered together and set up everything for the tournament and lunch. We put up a tent, moved picnic tables, grabbed a grill from Station Philadelphia, set up serving tables, and gathered all the necessary cooking and serving utensils from the Sector’s galley.
Along with a generous $200 donation from Jack and Mary Eisely from Essex, MD., and thanks to the members of Sector Delaware Bay, the Philadelphia CWOA was able to raise, in total, $733 for Coast Guard members and their families. We hope this small donation will go a long way in helping our fellow members recover from the devastation that Harvey left in its path.
Pictured from left to right: MSSD3 Aaron Foster, MSSE2 Nick Mimms, MSSD2 Jake Elks, MSSR3 Todd Wardwell, BOSN4 Craig Coburn, MSSE4 Andy Schock, MSSE4 Ryan Sinclair, and MSSE2 Bryan Scott. (Not pictured MSSD2 Josh Baeten)