Wall Street Warfighters Foundation Celebrates 5th Anniversary with Awards Dinner

Philadelphia, PA (October 22, 2013) – The Wall Street Warfighters Foundation recently hosted a dinner at the Prime Rib Restaurant in Philadelphia to thank the many sponsors and partnering firms for supporting the Foundation in its mission to identify, train, and place service disabled veterans in careers in the financial services industry.

The Wall Street Warfighters Foundation used the program’s 5th Anniversary to pay tribute to those who made this milestone possible.  The evening included a networking reception, formal dinner, silent auction, and awards presentation.  Country music artist and Bob Hope “Spirit of Hope” recipient Michael Peterson entertained the audience with songs and stories emphasizing the importance of paying it forward.

Approximately 120 guests attended the event, which is the same number of veterans who have participated in the program, according to the Foundation’s Executive Director, retired Marine Colonel Katie Haddock.  “Wall Street Warfighters began with two students.  In five years, we have accepted 120 veterans into the program, with roughly 95% of our participants working their way into a job in the industry.  We don’t guarantee a job – we guarantee an opportunity to study hard, take certification exams and have great access to industry professionals like those in this room.”

The Foundation presented framed prints of Philadelphia Merchants’ Exchange Building, the oldest existing stock exchange in the United States.  The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Kaplan Financial Education, and The Wharton School received these awards for their continued support during the Foundation’s five years.

In addition to the award recipients, representatives from many other partners and supporting organizations were on hand to celebrate the Foundation’s 5th anniversary, to include Bank of America; Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ; Citigroup; DAK Associates, Delaware Investments; Drexel Hamilton; Duff & Phelps; East River Bank; FINRA; Franklin Square; Houlihan Lokey; JP Morgan Chase; KPMG; Lincoln Financial; Morgan Stanley; PNC; Prudential; SARR Group; Schuylkill Capital Management; UBS; and Wellington Management.

“It is my honor to continue to serve with these amazing veterans,” said 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, retired Marine General Peter Pace, who serves as Wall Street Warfighters Foundation’s Chairman.



Wall Street Warfighters’ Chairman retired Marine General Peter Pace presents a framed print of the Philadelphia Merchants’ Exchange Building, the oldest existing stock exchange in the United States, to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York for their continued support during the Foundation’s 5 years. Left to right are: General Pace, Debra Perelmuter, Denise Koster, Karen Ritter, all of Federal Reserve Bank of NY, and retired Marine Colonel Katie Haddock, WSWF Executive Director. Also receiving awards during the 5th Anniversary event at the Prime Rib in Philadelphia on October 2, 2013, were Kaplan Financial Education and The Wharton School.

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