Past Events

‘OUR COMMUNITY SALUTES’ HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS

It is our honor and absolute pleasure to be hosting this year’s Our Community Salutes 7th Annual Recognition Ceremony. Formed in 2010 as a Federally-registered non-profit organization, OCS’ mission is to recognize and honor graduating high school seniors (and their parents) from Northeast Ohio who are enlisting in the Armed Services upon graduation. On May 10, 2017 at Cleveland State University, we will be honoring the high school class of 2017 at the OCS 7th Annual Recognition Ceremony. The Our Community Salutes Recognition Ceremony allows grateful citizens to publicly recognize, honor and thank the estimated 480 courageous and patriotic young […]

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Event Recap: 2016 NEOPAT Golf Outing

It was another great showing this year as we hosted the 2016 NEOPAT Golf Outing at Sand Ridge Golf Club in Chardon, Ohio. Thank you to all of our sponsors and golfers. Together with sponsors and 120 golfers, we were able to raise $25,000 from this sold out event. Congratulations to our winning foursome: Mike Mooney, Rob Garuccio, Dale Swan, and Scott Reinhard, and to our FLAT CAT Putting Contest winners: John Collier, John Postle, Elio Fontana, and Joe Capp, who won a suite to a 2016-17 Cleveland Cavaliers home game, courtesy of FLAT CAT Golf! This event is truly […]

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Event Recap: Cleveland Euro Car Cruise-In 2016

On Sunday, July 31, 2016, the Cleveland Euro Car Cruise-In took place at the Donauschwaben German-American Cultural Club in Olmsted Falls, and it was definitely a success! Just about 400 cars showed up for this event for foreign car lovers, and all proceeds went directly to NEOPAT’s mission of giving back to our local military community. The turnout was simply amazing considering the weather forecast for the day, and all in all, around $5,000 was raised! The club was even running out of room to put people, which makes this a great success and improvement from last year!     Attendees showed […]

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NEOPAT Welcomes Captain Mark Pimpo as Annual Gala’s Keynote Speaker

Mark Pimpo grew up in Strongsville, Ohio and attended the Naval Academy Prep School prior to graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1989 with a BS in Political Science. While at the Academy, he was Captain of the 1988 Navy Football Team. Mark spent over 26 years on active duty in the Navy, retiring at the rank of Captain in June of 2014 as Commanding Officer of the Navy Supply Corps School in Newport, RI, where he was responsible for the continuum of training for over 4,000 Naval logisticians focusing on providing students with foundations for success. Additionally, […]

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Purple Heart Homes Builds Veteran Leo Robinson New Home

Compelled to help his country after the tragedies of 9/11, Leo Robinson enlisted in the U.S. Marines. The military was a family affair with the Robinson’s. After enlisting and completing basic training at Parris Island, Leo was deployed first to Al Ramadi, Iraq and then to Helmand, Afghanistan. To this day, he can’t talk about what happened to him while he was there. For three years, he has tried with his therapist, to learn more of his own personal war story. For now, it remains a secret, locked inside Leo himself. Whatever happened, his health was seriously impacted and he […]

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The Ancona Family

Chad Ancona is a war veteran from Wadsworth, Ohio, deployed twice. First to Iraq, then to Afghanistan. While deployed he was an 11B Infantryman and motor section leader. Chad made the decision to leave the military after he suffered injuries and began working for the Union in Ohio upon his return home. While working at his new pipeline job, a tree fell on him, nearly killing him. His rating from the VA states he cannot work and he is currently unemployable. Chad is now paralyzed from the waist down. Thankfully, worker’s compensation is covering all work injuries, however the VA could not help […]

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The Santiago Family

Amanda and Matthew Santiago, a young military family out of Lorain, Ohio, have struggled as a family for the last few years. With Matthew serving in the U.S. Army across the world, it has not been an easy journey for the family, who have had to endure the loss of a child, health scares affecting Matthew, and raising two other children. NEOPAT stepped in to assist the Santiago Family during their time of need, in order to alleviate some of the financial and emotional burdens they have been facing. Please watch the video above, to learn more about the Santiago’s.

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Adopt-a-Military Family Success

We’ve just received the statistics from the 2015 holiday season’s Adopt-a-Military Family program and we’re so pleased to announce that the program was a HUGE success! First and foremost, we want to extend an immense thank you to Nei Dentler, a NEOPAT volunteer, for coordinating this program. With Nei’s support and hard work, 216 children were able to have a better holiday season! Here are the numbers, in comparison with the previous year’s stats: -We adopted 68 military families in 2014 and 90 in 2015! -55 sponsors adopted 79 families in 2015 and gift cards were donated to the remaining […]

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NEOPAT Awards Patriotism Scholarship to North Royalton Student

Every year, we offer scholarships to students who submit a patriotism essay to NEOPAT. We do this because we are dedicated to promoting patriotism, especially with children who can become inspired to do the same and become recognized by their communities. This year, we awarded a $1,500 scholarship to a 6th grader in North Royalton, who submitted the following essay on what patriotism means to her:

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Wreath Laying at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery

We’d like to extend a large “thank you” to those who took the time out of their busy lives to honor those who have fallen for our freedoms. On Saturday, December 12th, 2015, NEOPAT, along with many volunteers, laid wreaths at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, Ohio. Gracious volunteers and their families laid 5,800 wreaths! 1,950 of these wreaths were grave-specific placements and in total, we placed 800 more wreaths than we did in 2014! The ceremony at the end was incredibly moving as well. This ceremony, which takes place at noon, is held simultaneously at all […]

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Testimonials

Thank you for your recent gift of $1,750.00. Your monetary gift will benefit all who attend the Coast Guard holiday parties throughout Northeast Ohio. 

- J.K. Little, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Chief of Staff, Ninth Coast Guard District