Thank You, Friends and Supporters!

Hi Maverick Foundation Friends and Supporters,

I just wanted to THANK YOU for your support of The Maverick Foundation and helping make the 13th Annual Lt. Joe Gullickson Memorial Picnic a very memorable and successful event this past Saturday!

Whether it was attending the picnic, selling raffles “behind the scenes,” making a donation, volunteering for the event, donating a prize to our raffle table, or just helping get the word out, I appreciate it very much!

We had a great day for Joe!

Special appreciation to . . .

  • The FDNY Honor Guard including Chief Kevin Woods, Chief Jim Boylan, FF Zeke Quin, FF Andrew Francis, FF Charlie Banardi, FF Sayed, FF Jay Mahoney, and for Captain Tom Gardner for arrangement, equipment and the logistics.
  • Kevin & Eileen Christie for setting up and managing the raffle table.
  • Ryan & Christina O’Shea for their huge early morning assist with set-up.
  • John & Denise Marino for the donating the balloon arrangements.
  • Ted Farinella for his huge support at the raffle table with the play tickets and Yankee tickets.
  • JetBlue, especially Richard Smyth, for their two pairs of “Fly Anywhere” Tickets that are a huge draw at our raffle table.
  • Jerry Scully for singing “God Bless America” each and every year.
  • The FDNY Red Hook Raiders who come each and every year including Ed Kearon, Jack Oehm, Tony Catapano, Eddie Davis, Andy Singleton and Tom Giordano.
  • Brooke Dubinski and Katie Wilkinson of Turner for requesting and managing corporate contributions.
  • Those who traveled for some distance including Connecticut, Westchester, Long Island, New Jersey, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens to get to the Picnic.

We had a record number of people . . . 283 . . . And we are growing each year.

Some key achievements for the foundation are that we have issued $229,000 in scholarships, presented 211 Good Citizen Awards over 11 years, and our Scholarship Recipients have performed collectively over 5,000 hours of public service.

We are now annually averaging about 1,000 hours of public service per year with each recipient averaging 100 hours per year. We now have four volunteers with Meals on Wheels alone.

In 2002, we had one scholarship recipient. Last Saturday, I introduced 8 current recipients, 3 new recipients, and 4 past recipients who have graduated from our scholarship program.

Thanks again for your steadfast support and dedication that allows us to continue with our mission!

Have a happy and safe summer!


Bob Gullickson

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