B.E.S.T. benefit auction to give troops a fighting chance
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Sep 22, 2010 - 1:58 PM

Photo credit: Steven Schwartz Photography; A few of the B.E.S.T. Committee l-r: TOP Row: Liz Obernesser; Patricia Ekvall; Shelley Tretter Lynch (B.E.S.T. Committee Chair); Darrah Gleason; Helene Barre BOTTOM Row: Sheila May; Kathalynn Davis; Eilhys England Hackworth (SFTT Foundation Chair); Catherine Ladnier; Lonnee Star
Can a major league batting helmet keep American troops safe? Only if it is worn by the B.E.S.T. winning bidder of a batting clinic with Derek Jeter or Doc Gooden. Neither baseball helmets nor standard Government Issue combat helmets for deployed troops are up to the job. The public is invited to find out more and come out to support the troops at the B.E.S.T. Benefit Auction and cocktail reception on October 15, 2010 in Greenwich.

Proceeds from this annual event will support the front line troops defending our freedoms by ensuring that they have the best available equipment, including helmets and helmet liners, to improve their chances of making it home alive and in one piece.

Hosted by SFTT co-founder and Chair Eilhys England Hackworth and Scott Mitchell of Richards, and B.E.S.T. Chairs Shelly Tretter Lynch, a Greenwich resident, and Fred Tanne of Mt. Kisco, the President of SFTT’s Board of Directors, the B.E.S.T. silent and live auction and cocktail reception will be held at Richards, 359 Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Friday, October 15. Beverages are being donated by B.E.S.T. committee member Terry Rogers of Horseneck Wine & Liquor in Greenwich, CT.

Honorary chairs for the benefit include General Alfred M. Gray, Jr., Dan Rather, and Geraldo Rivera and SFTT Advisory Board Directors Major General John Batiste (US Army, Retired), Catherine Crier, Bob Kerrey and Jim Lash. Former U.S. Senator and Medal of Honor recipient Bob Kerry will be presented with SFTT’s 2010 Support the Troops with More than Lip Service Award by General Al Gray, USMC Retired, former Commandant of the United States Marine Corps.

A sampling of the must have B.E.S.T. experiences that will go the highest bidder are a Soccer Clinic For Kids With Team USA World Cup Goalie Tim Howard; Going Hollywood: appear as an extra in a Lucas Foster movie, then walk the red carpet on premiere night; Dancing with the Rockettes; Crew an America’s Cup yacht in San Diego; Dinner for 10 at your place, prepared by Rao’s chef Dino Gatto; Batting Practice with Derek Jeter; Canadian Rockies’ winter escape to Whistler Resort; a California wine country getaway with private wine touring by Terry Rogers; Fashion Week 2011 tickets; Golfing at St. Andrews, at the Masters or closer to home in Westchester County; Super Bowl XLIV in Miami.

2010 B.E.S.T. Benefit Auction Co-Chairs are Patricia Ekvall, Darrah Gleason and Lonnee Star. Other B.E.S.T. committee members from Greenwich, Stamford, Westchester and New York City include: Helene Barre, Keith Buckler, Lola Carson, Carolyn Crabtree, Barbara Daly, Kathalynn Davis, Diane Diamond, Edmund Duffy, Barclay Fryery, Jennifer Goodwin Ercklentz, Theresa Henkelmann, Patti Kenner, Dave Kohn, Sandy Labriola, Linda Levy, Nan Levy, Laura Moore, Kimberly Meyerhoff, Frank Napolitano, Mary Newcomb, Liz Obernesser, Barbara O’Shea, Jill Page, Pamela Pell, Susie Quinn, Terry Rogers, William Sclight, Shannon O’Rourke Signorini, Steve Schwartz, Ross Taylor, Tyler Tinsworth, Paul Warren, Claudino Weber and Alan Woolmer.

B.E.S.T. is the annual fundraising event of SFTT, a non-partisan, apolitical 501(c)3 educational foundation that relies on funding from individuals, private foundations and the B.E.S.T. event Auction. SFTT is a voice and advocate for America’s front-line troops. Its unique educational and advocacy mission is to see that the Pentagon and our elected leaders in Washington get the right equipment, training and leadership for our US troops by giving a public voice to and providing a candid forum for America’s front-line forces.

To RSVP, get involved with, or learn about or SFTT and B.E.S.T., visit or call 203-629-0288.

ABOUT SFTT Foundation

SFTT was founded by Col. David Hackworth and Eilhys England Hackworth to educate our country's citizens on the need to give a voice to our serving sons and daughters and to demand that they receive: Equipment superior to the best an enemy can employ against them; Training that fully prepares them to succeed in all assigned missions; Leadership dedicated to selfless service and the timeless values of duty, honor, and country. Through news breaking reporting on our website, which is regularly monitored and sought out by major media, SFTT has been instrumental in shining the bright light of public scrutiny on injustices from substandard body armor and other pieces of critical personal combat gear to anthrax vaccines to Abu Ghraib.

SFTT has been the source, credited and noted for recent front page articles and news segments in the New York Times and the Washington Post, Washington Times, 60 Minutes, NBC, CNN and other national broadcast news programs.

In spring 2009, an SFTT collaborative project with The Washington Times earned a Sigma Delta Chi Award for public service from the Society for Professional Journalists for the series of articles, "Disposable Heroes." It exposed the unethical treatment of vulnerable veterans of Iraq and other frontline duty during a Veterans Affairs medical experiment and resulted in a congressional hearing and major changes to the way the Dept. of Veterans' Affairs will conduct future medical experiments on America's veterans.

SFTT is a nonpartisan, apolitical 501(c)3 organization that is supported by donations from concerned individuals. More information can be found on the foundation website:

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