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United Veterans Beacon House Annual Independence Day BBQ

Tuesday, July 2nd, we kicked off 4th of July week with the United Veterans Beacon House Annual Independence Day BBQ. More than 100 people gathered together to enjoy an afternoon of great food and fun in celebration of the veterans we serve.

There were Beacon House supporters on hand to share in the festivities, including local elected officials, board trustees, community partners, supporters, and staff members. We were honored to have the very talented Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi on hand to entertain our veterans singing classics like “take a load off Annie” and “horse with no name.” It was beautiful to see so many community members on hand to help serve, chat with, and support the men and women in our programs. Together we served over 75 veteran residents and several community members in need.

UVBH 4th of July

UVBH BBQ Angie Carpenter

UVBH 4th of July

Kicking off 2019 with our 1st Donor Appreciation Reception

On Thursday, January 24th we celebrated our supporters during our 1st Donor Appreciation Cocktail Reception at Primi Italian Steakhouse in West Islip. The event was lighthearted, informative and FUN!

Beacon House CEO & President Frank Amalfitano welcomed guests and thanked them for their continued support. He announced that 2019 marks United Veterans Beacon House’s 25th year of service providing housing and supportive services to more than 23,000 veterans since its inception.

Among the more than 50 people in attendance was Mr. Edward Blaskey, EVP of Long Island at Sterling National Bank. Mr. Blaskey spoke passionately about his dedication to our mission and the role the bank will serve as a Community Partner and major donor. He urged our guests to accept his challenge to stay engaged and continue to support our mission.

Alphonso Richardson, Navy Veteran and former Beacon House client closed out our opening program by sharing his personal journey from homelessness to independence and the role Beacon House has played in his life. Alphonso received an energizing round of applause when he announced he will graduate with his Masters this coming May.

It was a great night, our guests mingled and networked while enjoying delicious food courtesy of Frank Bono, owner of Primi.

GEICO Participates in 2018 United Way of Long Island Initiative

GEICO collected 2000 lbs. of toiletries for the veterans we serve…. Thanks a ton GEICO!

GEICO participated in the 2018 United Way of Long Island initiative Mission United Veterans Supply Drive in support of veterans in crisis on Long Island. Their efforts resulted in a ton of support for our veterans.. literally!  They collected so much that we needed a box truck to transport it to our headquarters

Some of the GEICO team, along with our good friends at United Way of Long Island stopped by to deliver some of the donations and meet with the men and women who will benefit from their efforts. Thank you GEICO!


Thanksgiving Food Drive

UVBH Thanksgiving Food Drive

UVBH Thanksgiving Food Drive
Help make this Thanksgiving Special for veterans and families in crisis.

United Veterans Beacon House is accepting non-perishable donations Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm @ our HQ Food Pantry located at 1715 Union Blvd, Bay Shore.

Canned veggies, coffee, corn bread mix, canned fruits, stuffing, pudding and non-perishable pie crusts, jello, paper plates, tin foil, roasting pans.

Corporate involvement:  host an in office food drive and we will come and pick up your donations.

Reach out to to coordinate.

Sixth Annual Veterans Salute Gala Event

Sixth Annual Veterans Salute Gala Event
Sixth Annual Veterans Salute Gala Event

On Thursday October 18th, 445 Long Islanders gathered at the Heritage Club in Bethpage for the United Veterans Beacon House Sixth Annual Veterans Salute Gala Event. Thanks to our sponsors and supporters – we raised $280,000 to help support our housing and community-based programs, thereby serving even more homeless veterans and veteran families. The evening was truly amazing!

The event began with a welcome performance by James Graseck strolling violinist, followed by the cocktail reception, dinner, and silent and basket auctions.

Outstanding entertainment included opera singer Gary Lorentzen, who opened our dinner program with an acapella performance of the National Anthem. He was followed by patriotic tunes performed by the American Bombshells, which lasted through the evening.

The 2018 honoree, Mr. Edward J. Blaskey, EVP of Sterling National Bank, spoke about the importance of community engagement, and protecting and empowering the men and women who bravely served our nation. Ed brought the crowd to its feet when he announced the bank’s long-term commitment to Beacon House – and veterans in crisis – with an additional donation of $20,000!  This donation will be used to form a joint partnership with Beacon House for the creation of a Fiscal Literacy Education Program.  This generous donation brings Sterling National Bank’s support for 2018 to $30,000.

The 2018 Community Partnership of the Year Award was presented to Northwell Health. Northwell Health has been a strong supporter and partner of Beacon House for the past six years. They offer a wide range of vital health, wellness and workforce resources.  Accepting the award on the company’s behalf was Mr. Vincent Cunningham, Regional Director.

The silent and basket auctions had our guests bidding on a Private Yacht Cruise for four to Fire Island, private box seats to “Hamilton” in NYC , Chopard sunglasses, $500 in NYS Lottery scratch off’s, and more.

All in all, the Sixth Annual Veterans Salute Gala was the best yet. We not only exceeding our fundraising goal, but we added new members to the Beacon House family. Onward to next year!