Suffolk Federal is the lead sponsor for extreme distance ultra-marathon runner and VP of Information Technology, Eva Casale as she completes an incredible seven marathons in seven days to raise funds and awareness for Hope For The Warriors. Eva will run a total of 184 miles during her “Every Veteran Appreciated Week” which will take place from April 21 through April 27.
Each marathon will be focused on honoring local servicemen killed in action and will be linked to communities they called home. “I have a unique ability to run long distances, so I am using my passion for running to help others by supporting and honoring our veterans,” explains Casale. “I have created Team E.V.A. which stands for ‘Every Veteran Appreciated,’ to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our country. It’s an honor for me to organize and run this event and to know that I can bring people together to take part in such an important mission.”
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has been a strong supporter of Eva’s efforts. “Each year Eva goes above and beyond to support local veterans through her Team E.V.A. event,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. “Suffolk County is home to the largest veterans population in New York State and it is heartening to see residents like Eva step up to support these heroes.”
For the first time this year, Team E.V.A. will be expanding into Nassau County. “We are inspired and excited to have Eva and her team expand their efforts into Nassau County. Their dedication, hard work and commitment to making such a significant contribution to our local veterans is admirable and helps to promote and unify a stronger community here on Long Island,” explained Nassau County Executive Laura Curran.
One of Suffolk Federal’s priorities is to support and give back to the communities the credit union serves. “Long Island is home to many veterans here in New York State. For this reason—and as a United States Air Force veteran—I believe that supporting our community’s veterans is not just a choice, but a responsibility. We are honored to be the lead sponsor of Eva and are proud to support her mission—not just to raise funds, but to bring attention to the needs of these brave men and women and their families who sacrifice so much. We invite our members and the extended community to join us in April as we cheer on Team E.V.A. with her seven-day journey,” said Ralph D. Spencer Jr., President & CEO.
As in previous years, Casale will be raising funds for Hope For The Warriors. “We are honored to be part of this incredible endeavor and are grateful for Eva’s amazing running endurance and compassion for veterans, service members and military families. Eva and Suffolk Federal’s continued support to our organization is significant to the Hope for the Warriors programs focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement and connections to community resources,” explains Senior Director of Sports and Recreation for Hope For The Warriors Steve Bartomioli.
This year’s marathons Opening Ceremonies will take place at the Huntington Elks Lodge #1565. From there the team will begin their marathons in Northport, Eisenhower Park/Nassau Coliseum, Shelter Island, Sag Harbor, Miller Place, Middle Island, Glen Cove, along the South Shore including West Babylon, Lindenhurst, Amityville, Bellmore, Merrick and more, Brookhaven and Medford. The Closing Ceremonies will take place at Suffolk Federal’s Headquarters in Medford as Eva and her team completes the last marathon.
For detailed information for each day’s event, please go to www.GoTeamEva.org Eva is also inviting communities and their residents to proudly display their American Flag to show support for our Troops, our Veterans and our Fallen Heroes as each marathon takes place. The public will also be able to check FaceBook daily –go to Suffolk Federal’s page or to the Team Eva page – for the link to GLIMPSE where Eva and the Team can be tracked during the marathon each day using the hashtag #WheresEva
Join Team E.V.A. in Supporting Our Veterans
As lead sponsor, Suffolk Federal has made a strong commitment to Team E.V.A. and Hope For The Warriors as this extraordinary event takes place and invites the public to join the cause. Simply visit any Suffolk Federal branch between April 2 through April 27 to donate and be part of this mission’s success. For a $5-10 donation, donors will receive a special gift. For a donation of their choice, a contribution card with the donor’s name will be displayed at the branch where the donation was made.
Eva is also inviting the community to join her during her marathon days. For a $25 donation, you can join her for a 5k (3 mile) run or you can simply support her by donating to the effort. For more information visit www.GoTeamEva.org.
About Hope For The Warriors :
Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post 9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served approximately 10,000 through a variety of support programs focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement and connections to community resources. The nonprofit’s first program, A Warrior’s Wish, has granted 162 wishes to fulfill a desire for a better quality of life or support a quest for gratifying endeavors. In addition, Run for the Warriors has captured the hearts of more than 22,000 since 2010. For more information, visit www.hopeforthewarriors.org, Facebook or Twitter.
Photo 1: Suffolk Federal will be the lead sponsor for extreme distance marathon runner Eva Casale (pictured) as she completes seven marathons (184 miles) in seven days to raise funds and awareness for Hope For The Warriors.
Photo 2: Members of Team E.V.A. led by Eva Casale (standing front left) gather together with Daniel J. Murphy (kneeling on left), father of U.S. Navy SEAL Lt Michael P. Murphy and member of Suffolk Federal Supervisory Committee at the Lt. Michael Murphy Memorial during last year’s Team E.V.A. event at Patchogue-Medford High School.