On Sunday, June 4th, Dutchess County Comptroller Jim Coughlan held the 2nd annual Weekend for Warriors reception at Coppola’s in Hyde Park, capping off a weekend of outdoor excursions for four local combat veterans selected to be this year’s honorees. In addition to recognizing the four honorees, Weekend for Warriors raised approximately $15,000 for local veterans charity organizations.

The reception is the final part of a weekend long event for our four local veteran honorees. Over the course of the four day weekend, the honorees participated in several outdoor excursions including fly fishing and skeet shooting compliments of Ten Mile River Preserve,TMT Hunting Preserve and Orvis Sandanoma. The honorees are carefully selected by the Weekend for Warrior committee as individuals who demonstrate courage and commitment to not only their country, but also their community.

The 2017 honorees are:
• Sgt. Brian Foley, US Army
• Sgt. Cullen Lyons, US Army
• Sgt. Tyler Mendelson, US Marines
• Maj. Warren Sheprow, US Army
The reception included a tribute and posthumous award for the late Spc. Christopher Marcinelli. This year, Weekend for Warriors also presented Staff Sgt. Ed Denning with the “Warrior of Distinction” award for his service in the Korean War.

“United Way was happy to partner this year with Weekend for Warriors to offer administrative support. This is a great event that honors local veterans and we congratulate Jim Coughlan and all the volunteers and sponsors who make it possible,” stated Melissa Clark, Director of Community Impact. “We thank Weekend for Warriors for supporting United Way’s new veterans initiative, MISSION UNITED, with its generous donation. Together we fight for those who fought for us.”

“I want to thank Dutchess County Comptroller Jim Coughlan and the Weekend for Warriors for this incredibly generous contribution to the Hudson Valley Hero Project'” said Marc Coviello, founder of the Hudson Valley Hero Project. “These funds will help us continue to provide vital resources and services to veterans throughout the region.”

“Each of these four young men, in addition to their incredible military service, have continued to assist our local community with loyalty and conviction. I am honored to host an event that raises money to provide the necessary, supportive services for local veterans. We owe it to our service men and women, to do more for them as well as their families during their transition from military to civilian life,” said Dutchess County Comptroller Jim Coughlan. “In addition to honoring the exemplary service of these four individuals, we can shine a light on many of the year round needs of veterans throughout the Hudson Valley. Our local veterans organizations do amazing work each and every day and it is my goal to support these organizations in every way possible,”

For more information or to nominate a veteran for next year, please visit www.weekendforwarriors.com or email info@weekendforwarriors.com