STAMFORD — The Bob Woodruff Foundation has announced that "Celebrate Spring in Connecticut," an evening of cocktails, barbeque, dancing and music, will be held at 7 p.m. April 21
All proceeds go to support the foundation's mission—to help provide resources and support to service members, veterans and their families to successfully reintegrate into their communities, according to a statement.
Board member Marian Salzman, CEO of Euro RSCG Worldwide PR (@erwwpr), and fellow members of the board Cynthia M. Blumenthal, Eileen Lynch Sussan and Anthony Viceroy, will act as hosts for the fundraiser in Stamford at the home of Salzman and Jim Diamond, the statement said.
"This is the first fundraiser organized by the board of directors and will be a chance for friends and supporters of the foundation in the tristate area to engage locally in what Bob Woodruff's recovery means as inspiration for those who suffer the physical and hidden injuries of war," the statement said. "Up-and-coming musician Collin McLoughlin, Bob and Lee Woodruff's nephew, will perform."
Event sponsors include @erwwpr, Team Epiphany, Heineken, Belvedere and Hennessey, the statement said.
"I believe it is absolutely vital to support our troops. These brave men and women put their lives on the line for us, after all, so I am honored to host this event as a way to show our appreciation," Salzman said, also in the statement. "I am also thrilled to support the good works of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, whose dedication to this cause is unending. We at @erwwpr have donated hundreds of hours of pro bono work via PR services for the foundation's signature event, Stand Up for Heroes, and we count ourselves lucky to be able to provide any assistance we can."
The Woodruffs, who live in Rye, N.Y., "remember the outpouring of support from their friends in the area when ABC News journalist Bob was injured on assignment in Iraq," the statement said.
"Our friends—and especially those in the Fairfield/Westchester County community—rallied for us when we were going through the darkest days of Bob's recovery, and they have been with us throughout the whole journey," said Lee Woodruff, also in rhe statement. "We learned the real value of friends and neighbors during those trying times, and with this event, we're working to ensure that everyone can have the amazing support from their own communities that we had from ours when we needed it most."
"The Bob Woodruff Foundation has invested more than $10.5 million dollars in program spending to help wounded warriors and their families overcome the challenges they face as they transition and heal from the physical and hidden wounds of war. Funds raised at 'Celebrate Spring in Connecticut' will be invested in programs that connect troops to the help they need—from physical rehabilitation and counseling, to education, employment and financial assistance, to help with larger issues like homelessness and suicide."