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USO Fleet Week NYC Bike Build & Giveaway
USO Fleet Week NYC Bike Build & Giveaway


USO Fleet Week NYC Bike Build & Giveaway


In New York City, 40 Citi employees gathered to build 300 bikes for children of Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who were in town for Fleet Week. In addition to assembling the bikes, volunteers also prepared thank you cards and gathered helmets.

Jimmy Barcia, one of the Citi Volunteers, said: "A sense of satisfaction came over me after I surveyed the rows of bicycles that were aligned in perfect formation on the pier. Knowing that with my help, Citi volunteers came through in unison to essentially build a smile. Easily over 150 smiles on a Saturday afternoon! As a veteran and knowing the life of a serviceman/servicewoman, I knew that this was the least we could do to bring a bigger smile on a child's face when their dad/mom came back from deployment with a little extra gift. The least we could do! Semper Fi!"

In coordination with this event, Citi Bike donated 1,000 day passes to the USO for Sailors, Marines and their families to use while in New York City during Fleet Week. Started in May 2013, Citi Bike is New York City's bike sharing system providing New Yorkers and visitors with an additional transportation option for getting around the city.

Veterans on Wall Street Helps Make 2013 Stand up for Heroes a Smash Success
Veterans on Wall Street, co-founded by Citi, helped raise more than $1.2 million for the 2013 Stand up for Heroes event, which benefited the Bob Woodruff Foundation's efforts to aid U.S. military servicemembers and their families. View the full video of the all-star event below:


Citi Field Hosts 2nd Annual Veterans Softball Game
 (l. to r.) WWAST player Saul Bosquez, Mets legend John Franco, Citi Salutes Program Director KC Choi, Fisher House Foundation VP Brian Gaywne, WWAST player Josh Wege, and William 'Spanky' Gibson, who received support from Fisher House following a combat injury. (Credit: Aaron Fedor)
(l. to r.) WWAST player Saul Bosquez, Mets legend John Franco, Citi Salutes Program Director KC Choi, Fisher House Foundation VP Brian Gaywne, WWAST player Josh Wege, and William "Spanky" Gibson, who received support from Fisher House following a combat injury. (Credit: Aaron Fedor)



On Tuesday, June 18, Citi and the New York Mets hosted our second annual charity softball game to benefit Fisher House Foundation, which provides free or low-cost lodging to veterans and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers.

Despite periodic rain showers, nearly 150 guests enjoyed several hours of softball on the hallowed Citi Field grass. They also had the opportunity to meet and spend time with Mets legends John Franco and Dwight Gooden, while fan favorite Mr. Met also made a cameo appearance, high-fiving and posing for photos with players and spectators alike.

Of course the biggest cheers were reserved for the day's stars: military servicemembers who took part in the softball games, including three members of the national Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST).

Later, following the games and a series of private stadium tours, guests enjoyed a celebratory dinner while hearing from Fisher House Foundation Vice President Brian Gawyne and Citi Salutes Program Director KC Choi, who thanked everyone for their enthusiastic participation and reinforced Citi's ongoing support for the greater veterans community.

Proceeds from the event and a silent auction at dinner raised more than $28,000 for Fisher House Foundation. Since its inception, Fisher House has served more than 180,000 families, provided 4.7 million days of lodging, and saved families more than $200 million in lodging and transportation costs. The money raised at Citi Field will be used to purchase more than 2,000 flights for impacted families to be bedside while their injured loved ones recover at partner hospitals.
Honoring Veterans, Military Families and Survivors at Citi Field



We had the privilege of standing under the bright lights of Citi Field alongside three amazing people: a Major League Baseball Hall of Famer, a Team Citi Paralympian and an inspiring community volunteer. What Tom Seaver, Carlos Leon and Mary Gallagher have in common - which we also share - is a tremendous sense of pride for being part of a community of people who have served our country. As co-chairs of the Citi Military Veterans Network - NYC, it was an honor to participate in such a meaningful tribute to military service.
Mets Launch the Mets Alumni Association -- Presented by Citi
We've teamed up with the Mets to honor veterans at Citi Field. Meet some of the people - including members of the Citi team - who showed their appreciation.