O.C. Firefighters Donate $12,000 to Operation First Response

first_imgMembers of the Ocean City Firefighters Foundation present Steve Brady and Tricia Ciliberto of Ocean City Home Bank with a check for $12,000 to benefit Operation First Response. When Ocean City Fire Department Captain Steve Costantino and his team of firefighters learned about Walk for the Wounded in 2010, they arrived in force (and in full gear) to take part in the event.After hearing the moving stories of the injured soldiers helped by Operation First Response, they immediately formed a plan to sell stickers and T-shirts to raise funds for the next Walk.The Fire Department’s tradition of supporting the Walk has continued over the past five years, and on November 18, these local heroes presented a check for $12,000 to Operation First Response.  The sum was raised through raffle ticket sales, a glow-ball golf tournament, and a charity mailer, as well as sticker and T-shirt sales.“We’re so grateful for the hard work and generosity of the Ocean City Firefighters Foundation,” said Steven Brady, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ocean City Home Bank, who accepted the donation on behalf of Operation First Response.  “Their tireless commitment has done a great deal to raise not just funds, but also awareness, for the event.  Their efforts are the epitome of the outstanding community support that has made this event so successful.”The Ocean City Firefighters Foundation’s $12,000 donation brings the total raised at Ocean City’s seventh annual Walk for the Wounded to more than $112,000.  Since the first Walk for the Wounded in 2009, the event has raised more than $512,000 to help injured soldiers and their families.— News release from Ocean City Home Banklast_img read more