In honor of our 10th anniversary in 2018, we launched CMM Cares, a volunteer initiative to benefit the Long Island community with donations of time, dollars, and support. As a tribute to our colleague Jack Harrington, Esq., a Lieutenant in the United States Navy Reserve who was deployed to Afghanistan in September, we chose to support veterans organizations for the inaugural year of CMM Cares. Learn more below about how we honored and supported veterans in 2018.
In August, we volunteered with United Veterans Beacon House, which provides temporary and permanent residences for military veterans and their families. Our volunteers, along with the exceptional team at Gary B Home Improvements, cleaned, painted, and spruced up two homes on the South Shore and provided brand new outdoor patio sets for the residents to enjoy.
In the fall we volunteered with America’s VetDogs, whose mission to restore independence and dignity to veterans touched us deeply. We collected treats, toys, towels, cleaning supplies, and more to support these incredible service dogs and the brave individuals whose lives they change.
Complementing our focus on veterans, in 2018 CMM Managing Partner Joe Campolo was invited to deliver the keynote address at the Stony Brook University Veterans Day ceremony, where he shared his personal experiences of serving his country as a Marine and also spoke of the business community’s obligation to support veterans by hiring, training, and providing opportunities for them to successfully rejoin civilian life.
In December, following the passing of President George H.W. Bush, Joe Campolo was on hand at a press conference covered by the international media to welcome Sully, the former President’s beloved service dog, home to Long Island. Sully was trained at America’s VetDogs and will soon begin his next assignment at Walter Reed Medical Center. Delivering remarks on the occasion of Sully’s return was particularly poignant for Joe, who blogged earlier in the year about his experience meeting President Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush in the early 1990s. His personal story appeared in Newsday and was selected as a letter that best captured the spirit of 2018.
As 2019 began, CMM was recognized for its ten year gift commitment of $450,000 to the Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University. The firm’s gift continued our support as an annual Major Corporate Supporter of the Staller Center’s Live Season and the Stony Brook Film Festival and toward a new modern sound system for both the main stage theater and recital hall. This gift is in addition to Joe Campolo’s contributions to the Alumni Association Past President’s Scholarship and the Joseph N. Campolo Award for Legal Studies, as well as Senior Partner Scott Middleton’s significant support of Stony Brook Athletics and the Middleton Family Student Athletic Alumni Award.