The Ahern Family Charitable Foundation will host the 13th Annual Army-Navy Football Luncheon on Saturday, December 10th, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Scoreboard Sports Bar & Grill in Woburn, MA.
The luncheon will again raise funds to support Operation Santa-Massachusetts through a partnership with Military Friends Foundation, a non-profit that provides financial assistance to families associated with the Massachusetts National Guard and Reserve. Proceeds will be used to provide holiday gift cards to more than 100 children of deployed and fallen troops in Afghanistan from the Massachusetts National Guard.
Attendees will watch the 117th Army-Navy football game in a larger than life experience on the Scoreboard’s nearly 50 HDTVs. In addition, the event will feature a buffet lunch, live and silent auction and raffle. MAGIC 106.7’s David O’Leary, who is part of the Honorary Host Committee, will serve as celebrity auctioneer.
Medal of Honor recipient Navy Lieutenant Tom Kelley again attend this year’s luncheon. During the Vietnam conflict in June, 1969, Kelley was in charge of an 8-boat river convoy which came under attack inflicting a severe head wound. Unable to stand or speak clearly, he continued to relay directions to the convoy until all of the crippled boat were repaired and the group was able to move to safety. Despite losing an eye in the attack, Kelley remained on active duty and eventually retired with the rank of Captain in 1990. He most recently served as the Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans Affairs from 2003-2011.
“Each year we come together for the Army Navy Football game to cheer on our favorite team and more importantly raise money to support the families of deployed and fallen troops,” said Bob Ahern, President of The Ahern Family Charitable Foundation. “We are looking forward to continuing this tradition and seeing all the veterans, families and friends at this year’s event.”
In addition to O’Leary, the Honorary Host Committee includes comedian Dave Russo, radio personalities Amy Brooks, Matt Phipps, Lori Grande, Bruins alum Terry O’Reilly, New England Patriots alum Steve Grogan, wounded MBTA Transit Officer Dic Donohue andFrank Vento from AAM 15 Management.
To date, the Ahern Family Charitable Foundation has raised more than $500,000 in helping to provide services to veterans and current members of the U.S. military and their families.