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11th Annual Thanks To Yanks 9/11 Tribute Dinner Recap

The 11th Annual Thanks To Yanks Tribute 9/11 Dinner was held on September 11, 2017 and full to capacity. This special non-political was a free tribute dinner recognizing all military members, veterans and their families, including Blue and Gold Star families.  This event was simply a way to thank our military and emergency personnel for the sacrifices they make in order to ensure our freedoms and safety while remembering the heroes and victims of 9/11/01. In 2006, the first Tribute Dinner hosted 120 guests and this year’s dinner hosted 440 guests. This year’s program included the following:

  • Flag Line with Patriot Guard Riders and Old Guard New England
  • Flag Tower with Milford and Medway Fire Departments
  • 9/11 Artifact and Badge of FDNY Chaplain Father Mychal Judge
  • Veterans Affairs New England Mobile Office
  • Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Dick Ferrucci
  • Musical Host, Mr. Ron Auger
  • Welcome, Mr. Michael Shain, President & Founder, Thanks To Yanks
  • Presentation of Colors, Old Guard New England
  • National Anthem, Ms. Shanna Jackman
  • Missing Man Table Ceremony, Young Marines 3rd Battalion S.N.E.R
  • Blessing of our Heroes, Father Al Faretra, St. Blaise, Bellingham, MA
  • Speaker, Ms. Lynn Patton, President & CEO, Mathew Patton Foundation
  • Speaker, Mr. Bruce Ware, Veterans Affairs New England
  • Speaker, Mr. Don Pearce, Ride Captain, Patriot Guard Rider, Poet
  • Bag Pipes, Ms. Debbie Kane and Ms. Morven Hunter Boyce
  • Grace, Fire Chaplain Bob Davidson and Fire Chaplain
  • Speaker, Ms. Heather Viverios
  • The Honorable Francis J Larkin Lifetime Achievement Award to Ed Carr
  • Closing Remarks, Ms. Donnalee Shain, Vice President & Chairman of the Board, Thanks To Yanks
  • Benediction, Father Paul Clifford, St. Francis of Assisi, Braintree, MA
  • Colors Retired, Old Guard New England

Thanks To Yanks president and founder, Michael Shain said, “This dinner helps bring together the local military and veteran communities to thank them for all they have sacrificed for our country.  This event wouldn’t be possible without our sponsors, donors and volunteers.”

Photos were taken by DHouse Photography

Thanks to our Sponsors

Thank you to all of our sponsors.

Red Level Sponsor

DCH Milford Toyota

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White Level Sponsors



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White Level Sponsors

Charles F. Duford Post #47

Girard Trust

Massachusetts Veterans of Foreign Wars

Blue Level Sponsors




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Ms. Linda Abrams



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Mr. Stephen Bradford
Mrs. Barbara Shain
Pam, Art and Justin Caswell

Yellow Level Sponsors

Ms. Nina Andler
Area Glass
Big Daddy’s Pizza
Blue Star Mothers MA Chapter 3
Mr. Michael Bradford
Bright Insurance
Mr. & Mrs. Mark Bucchino
Mr. & Mrs. Jack Casey
Mr. Dan Cicconi & Ms. Dora Messana
Circle CG Farm
Mr. & Mrs. John Connolly
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Coppinger
Corporate Investigative Services
Crystal Pool and Spa
D & R Associates, Inc.
Mr. Dino DeBartolomeis
Mrs. & Mrs. William DeVita
Disabled Veterans Sporting Events
Ms. Amy Donahue
Edwards Memorial Funeral Home
Mr. Don Ellmore
Family Legal Partners PC
Mr. John Fernandes, Esquire
Mr. & Mrs. John Fossett
Dr. Russell Fradkin & Dr. Jane Orenstein
Mr. William Hanlon
Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Haynes

Yellow Level Sponsors

Dr. & Mrs. Richard Heller, DVM
Highland Ridge Company
Homefield Credit Union
Mr. Joseph Hughart, CPA
I.O.O.F. of MA Roasalie
Rebekah Lodge 116
Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Izzo
Jewish War Veterans Post 220
Joe the Plumber
Mr. David Josselyn
Mr. & Mrs. David Kowal
Mr. Dale Kurtz
Mr. & Mrs. Paul Lelli
Mr. & Ms. Marble Mainini
Mr. & Mrs. Ronad Martel
Massachusetts Legacy Fund
Mr. Paul Maynard
Mr. Thomas McLaughlin, PC
Medway Oil Co., Inc.
Medway Lions Club
Meineke Car Care Center Inc.
MetroWest JWV Post 157
Milford Federal Savings & Loan
Milford Rotary Club
Ms. Roberta Miller
Ms. Barbara Mitides

Yellow Level Sponsors

Senator Richard Moore
Murray Law Office
Mr. LaRue Nelson
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Ney
Ms. Marie O’Leary
Oliver Ashton Post 343, Inc.
Purple Ink Insurance Agency, Inc.
Ms. Suzanne Ranieri
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Reed
Rising Son Lodge
Ms. Patricia Rosenthal
Royal Thermal View Inc.
Mrs. Irene Rugoletti
Ms. Bethe Sullivan
United Way of MA Bay &
Merrimack Valley
Upton VFW – Post 5594 Inc
Vietnam the 50th Massachusetts Inc.
Virginia Larkin Realtors
Mr. William White & Ms. Stephanie
Mr. & Mrs. Helon Wyllie
Ms. Barbara Yanoff
Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Zabierek
Mr. & Mrs. Brian Zeiger