Hero's Benefit

The Hero’s Benefit crew from the 2019 event

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The Hero’s Benefit raised more than $8,300 through its fifth annual event benefiting Hope For The Warriors, a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for veterans, service members and military families.

Moved by the 2011 Extortion 17 helicopter crash killing 31 military members, Gabrielle Pugila founded The Hero’s Benefit as a way for Brooklynites to raise awareness and funds for military members and their families.

Hosted at the Bay Ridge-based Wicked Monk Irish Pub, the event boasted live music, a raffle, merchandise sales and auction items.

“The Hero’s Benefit is a cause incredibly close to my heart,” said Pugila, founder of the organization. “I put everything I have into it every year, and I am lucky enough to be part of a community that not only supports that but matches the effort. The Hero’s Benefit has had one big fundraiser per year, and between The Hero’s Benefit’s team, and the community, you can feel the love and how important giving back to the men and women who give us so much is.

“I started The Hero’s Benefit as a call to action in 2011 after the Extortion 17 crash in August–having our first fundraiser January 2012. Thirty-two American children lost their fathers, and I knew I wanted to do something that could make an impact, even if in some small way. The Hero’s Benefit has grown over the years, but we always like to choose charities to be our beneficiaries that we appreciate their mission and the great work that they do, and we think our resources can useful,” she added.

In two years, The Hero’s Benefit has raised over $20,000 for Hope For The Warriors and its programs.

Celebrating 13 years of service, Hope For The Warriors assists veterans, service members and military families with a variety of programming including clinical health and wellness, sports and recreation and transition services.

“We are so fortunate to have the support of The Hero’s Benefit to help us have a positive impact on so many veterans, service members and families who have contributed so much for our country,” said Robin Kelleher, co-founder and president of Hope For The Warriors. “The Hero’s Benefit has helped create positive change and keep hope alive.”

Since 2012, The Heroes Benefit has raised more than $38,000 for military nonprofits.

For more information, visit hopeforthewarriors.org.


Hope For The Warriors The Hero’s Benefit
Erin McCloskey Gabrielle Pugila
erin@etmccloskey.com theherosbenefit@gmail.com
(336) 207-5222 (646) 470-4539

About Hope For The Warriors: Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post-9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served over 30,000 through a variety of support programs focused on clinical health and wellness, sports and recreation and transition. One of the nonprofit’s first programs, Military Spouse and Caregiver Scholarships, has awarded over 135 scholarships to caregivers and families of the fallen. In addition, Run For The Warriors has captured the hearts of over 25,500 since 2010. For more information, visithopeforthewarriors.org, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.