Past Events

9th Annual Our Community Salutes

NEOPAT, in conjunction with the Scott & Julie Mawaka Foundation, proudly presented the 9th annual Our Community Salutes event on May 5, 2019 at Progressive Field. The gathering serves as a way to honor and recognize the more than 500 courageous and patriotic young adults from Northeast Ohio who will serve the U.S. Armed Services after graduation and join the 1% of Americans who serve in uniform. Enlistees and their families were greeted on site by senior officials and recruiters from each military branch and participated in a pre-game parade on Progressive Field as well as a picnic lunch, before […]

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NEOPAT Cruise with WOD on the Waves

NEOPAT Cruise

We are excited to announce that the Northeast Ohio Foundation for Patriotism has a unique opportunity to invite you and your family on a cruise! Join us on the Royal Caribbean, Mariner of the Seas, January 21 to 25, 2019. Departing from Miami and going to 2 ports of call: Nassau, Bahamas & Coco Cay. NEOPAT is the recipient of 100 cabins with the opportunity to donate those cabins to our local military service members, however, civilians are invited as well! A donation of $1,000 to NEOPAT secures your family cabin. Northeast Ohio Military families, however, are FREE! (Limited – […]

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Music Therapy Retreat 2017

The Challenge America team traveled to Cleveland, partnering with the Northeast Ohio Foundation for Patriotism and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to provide a Music Therapy Retreat for our local veterans on October 19-22, 2017. While the majority of our therapy occurred at the beautiful Lodge at Geneva on the Lake, The Hall of Fame hosted our final event: a private concert of veterans’ music for family and friends in the amazing Foster Theater. During this event, veterans and songwriters took the stage to share their creations. NEOPAT could not be more fortunate to have such a generous and […]

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The Osborn Family

Meet the Osborn Family. Josh, is a medic in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and he and his wife Megan would love to share their family’s story with all of you. NEOPAT was honored to be able to assist such an incredible family during their time of need!  

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‘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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Testimonials

I was recently helped out financially by your generous organization. I would just like to thank you and express my sincere gratitude. With your help I was able to maintain a roof over my head and a vehicle to allow me to look and apply for work.  I just graduated with a degree in the field of Respiratory Therapy on May 14, 2015 and am so excited to start this new chapter in my life. Your help has made this transition a lot less stressful with a chance to achieve my end goal of being gainfully employed. Once again, please accept this letter of gratitude and feel free to contact me at any time for future volunteer work or upcoming events. I will forever be thankful for your generosity and compassion.

- Anonymous