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Why This Thank You Is So Important

On behalf of Navy Street, I wanted to take this moment to say THANK YOU. 

Every day I am amazed by our supportive community, and our dedicated team of volunteers who have come together in solidarity.  I have cherished every moment of the last 3 years fostering and promoting our mission.  So much of my time as CEO has been a learning process.  I have learned from my team, and from the community every single day, growing as an individual and as a leader.  Its been an experience like no other, that I am truly so thankful for.

We’ve grown. We’ve expanded our operation, our reach and our responsibilities with it.  We breathed life into the disabled community, and into many hearts that surround it.  The community has engaged with our project, which has affected positive tangible change.  We have tried to shed light on the importance of accessibility and the issues that surround it with positive impact.

This charity is fueled by the passion of volunteers who work here.  We do it for the community. In our case, without the community that we serve, we would not be here.  But we also do it for ourselves, because its undoubtedly something we love to do.  This November is an emotional time for me because some of our accomplishments are my proudest moments, yet some of these memories involve facing some of life’s biggest obstacles for others. Beyond that, the people that have come into my life because of Navy Street have become my close friends.  Their stories have touched me so deeply and have become part of my experience, my family.  I wouldn't trade a single moment for anything.

Family is a single word, with many different meanings.  People have many different ways of defining family and what being part of a family means to them.  It isn't always about the people in your life that are in blood relation. Family means to me a bond that cannot be broken by any means.  For this family, I am greatful.

 CEO and Founder,  Sandra Longo

CEO and Founder,

Sandra Longo

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Apples and Charity

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Apples and Charity

Now that the excitement of putting on our first fundraising event that was on October 20, 2018 is behind us I would like to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude to you for your encouragement and support. Thanks to your generous sponsorship/donation, we were able to put on a world-class event and raise over $10,000 toward ramp donations through Navy Street Charity.

The evening, emceed by celebrated radio show host Drew Marshall and featured key-note addresses from motivational speaker, author, decorated athlete and four-time amputee Unstoppable Tracy, and my personal inspiration, my mother, Mary Longo, who has been wheel-chair bound since I was eight. Our guests included numerous prominent members of the community, celebrated artists and local dignitaries. By all accounts, the event, meticulously planned and executed with the help of a dedicated team of volunteers and Board of Directors, was a terrific success. 

In addition to the beautiful setting, delicious food, fantastic music and great company, I was touched by how many people approached me and told me they felt it was a truly inspirational and moving evening. Between Unstoppable Tracy and Mary Longo, guests got to hear about two ends of the disability spectrum. When my mother took the floor and talked about how, unlike Tracy, she wasn’t born with a disability and what it was like to, in the same instant, lose her mobility and her sense of self. My mother used to live a full and vibrant life, completely immersed in social activities. When she suddenly developed paraplegia, the invitations stopped coming. She felt that she had suddenly become invisible; there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

October 20th signaled the soft launch of Navy Street Charity. We aspire to double the number of ramps donated in the coming year. To help get there, Navy Street has a dedicated team already planning something special for 2019. The Navy Street Charity Event in 2019 promises to be an event not to be missed and we hope to count you amongst our honoured guests. Until then, be well and thank you again for your encouragement for a cause that is so close to my heart.

 

Sincerely, 

 

Sandra Longo

Founder, Navy Street Charity

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