Legends from the worlds of sports, television, radio and the arts came together with longtime friends of the FDNY and business leaders to support the Department and mark the 16th anniversary of September 11th at the annual FDNY All-Star event on Thurs., Sept. 14.
“None of us can ever forget that terrible morning and the unimaginable losses we suffered,” said Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro. “We will never forget the bravery displayed or the tremendous sacrifice made by so many so that others could live. And though the pain of that day will always remain with us, I also vividly remember the times that followed – the outpouring of support from so many across the city and around the world. Countless times, so many of you honored our members, showed your appreciation for their work, visited with our families and gave us moments to celebrate and cheer once again. Those positive memories are part of what makes this event so special.”
“Thank you to all of our celebrity friends for being with us today, for taking time out of your busy schedules and continuing to be such amazing friends and supporters to the FDNY,” said FDNY Chief of Department James Leonard. “The teams in our city and the many sports leagues have all shown support to the FDNY over the years. You have supported us in the days after September 11th, and you are still here today. We are all huge fans and appreciate you remembering the members of the FDNY now and in the past through your actions.”
The event was hosted by Sports Radio host and good friend to the FDNY, Mike Francesca, at the New York City Fire Museum in Manhattan. A luncheon with Francesa was followed by a broadcast of WFAN’s “Mike’s On” radio show from the Fire Museum.
Darryl Strawberry, John Starks, John Franco, Bobby Burke, Calen Carr, Jeff Curtin, Keith Elias, Jim Fassel, Nelson Figueroa, Kym Hampton, Famke Janssen, Sukanya Krishnan, Jim Leyritz, Deirdre Lovejoy, Madeleine Martin, John Plunkett, Chris Snee, Charles Way, Chris Weidman and Brian Williams were among the celebrities who turned out to honor the anniversary and the members of the FDNY, as well as to support the FDNY Foundation.
The All-Star event is one of the highlights of the year for the FDNY Foundation and serves as one of its biggest fundraisers. Support from the Foundation allows the Department to fund awareness and outreach programs, fire and life safety education across the city, as well as FDNY member training and new technology and equipment.
“This incredible event brings us together to mark a somber anniversary, but also to celebrate the bravery of the men and women of the FDNY and the support the Department has received from so many in our community,” said FDNY Foundation Vice Chairman Robert Zito. “Our partners and supporters work tirelessly to make sure we have the funds we need to help its members keep New Yorkers safe.”
“We’re here to reminisce about great moments, create new ones and work together to support this great Department that we all love,” said Commissioner Nigro. “By supporting the FDNY Foundation, each of you is truly supporting the Firefighters, Paramedics and EMTs of the FDNY who go into harm’s way day after day to keep this city safe.”
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You can find more photos from the All-Star Event here.
"This incredible event brings us together to mark a somber anniversary, but also to celebrate the bravery of the men and women of the FDNY and the support the Department has received from so many in our community. Our partners and supporters work tirelessly to make sure we have the funds we need to help its members keep New Yorkers safe."