WWTI-My ABC 50 reports on gifts to IVMF and EBV


WWTI-My ABC 50 in Watertown reported on check presentations totaling $11 million in previously announced funds by PepsiCo, Humana, Walmart and JPMorgan Chase & Co. to the Institute for Veterans and Military Families and the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities at the SU Orange vs. USF football game at the Carrier Dome. Corporate representatives, IVMF executive director Mike Haynie, EBV program graduates and EBV Foundation president and founder Ted Lachowicz, an SU alumnus and three-year football letter winner, participated. 9WSYR (view clip) also did a preview of the Dome presentation and profiled Army Captain Shannon Meehan, an EBV participant who started his own business with the assistance of the bootcamp program. The EBV was also included in an Entrepreneur article on “Five Resources for Turning Vets into Entrepreneurs;” in The Street in an EBV program profile; in a Forbes Veterans Day article, in which Haynie is quoted about entrepreneurship having the ability to create and grow sustainable ventures for veterans; and in the National Catholic Reporter. Raymond Toenniessen, director of operations and development at the IVMF, and Randy Blass, EBV program director at The Florida State University, were quoted in the National Catholic Reporter story, in addition to EBV program graduates. The article also mentioned the efforts of EBV-Families in providing entrepreneurial and business training not only to wounded warriors, but to their family members and spouses as well.