Navy SEAL Foundation NYC Benefit

Celebrating New York City and Marking 20 Years of Naval Special Warfare Operations Since 9/11

GOOD EVENING, and welcome to the 2021 Navy SEAL Foundation (NSF) New York City Benefit.

A close friend of mine, who is a retired SEAL, introduced me to this organization in 2010 when I attended this event for the first time. I was blown away by power of the evening, listening to the heroic deeds that these men perform, without recognition. I was equally moved, listening to the incredible sacrifices their families endure. I haven’t missed one of these nights since.

2021 marks 20 years since the attack on our Nation. I was born and raised a New Yorker and the attack on 9-11 hit home in many ways. In the 20 years since, the Naval Special Warfare community has been in sustained combat. There have been no days off. Couples and families separated, fathers away from their children—all with the realization of what it means to be operating as the tip of the spear in defending our Nation. And for 20 years, the Navy SEAL Foundation has been serving these families. CEO Robin King and her team have built an incredible organization.

Your generous support enables NSF to provide a comprehensive set of programs for SEALs, SWCCs, veterans, and families specifically designed to address the fraying of the force caused by the stress of such an immense period of sustained combat, to keep them strong, healthy and in the fight. And when these warriors are ready to transition from active duty, NSF is there to serve as well. Young men who became SEALs right after the towers fell are now beginning to retire from service. While these men are exceptionally resilient, they have endured injuries and hardships that most of us cannot imagine, and some will continue to battle the negative effects of what they have experienced well into the future. NSF is here to support this next step in their journey as well.

I am humbled to welcome live and virtually active duty and retired SEALs along with their families, and Gold Star families who survive the ultimate sacrifice made by their loved ones. We can never replace them but we will always honor their memory in our unwavering support.

We all have a role in this struggle. And your participation tonight is part of your role in supporting our countrymen in harm’s way and their families.

Thank you and enjoy your evening.

Steve Zide

Thank you to our sponsors

Dinner Chair

Steve Zide

Host Committee Co-Chairs

Rodman R. Fox, TigerRisk Partners
Michael J. Muldoon, Thatcher Foundation Inc.
Brian J. Valenza, VIRSIG, LLC


Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc./Alexandria Venture Investments
Barbara and Joel Marcus
Nancy and Howard Marks
Zide Family Foundation


Vanessa and Henry Cornell
Metka and Jack Daly
Fiona and Stanley Druckenmiller
Chris and Sasha Heinz, Heinz Family Foundation
Caroline and Ed Hyman
Ram Jagannath
Anton LeRoy / BTIG
Daniel S. Loeb
The Pershing Square Foundation
James S. Rowen
Harvey Schwartz
Sixth Street
Thatcher Foundation, LLC
TigerRisk Partners
Cindy and Tom Wagner


Chris and Christina Crampton
Drue Heinz Charitable Trust
Jane and Mark Fields
Susan and Bill Foley
Fortress Investment Group LLC
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Kore Capital & The Kosinski Foundation
Leviant Foundation
McNamara Options LLC
Pelican Products, Inc.
Dan Tiemann, KPMG LLP
Missy and Travis West


Mary Jo and James Ball
Behrman Capital
Katie and George Coleman
Robert and Margaret Farrell
Drs. Stephanie and Robert Hotchkiss
Jenni and C.J. Lanktree
Gustave Lipman
Long Pond Capital, LP
Laura and Will Manuel
Ali and Anthony McDevitt
Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley
Mutual of America Financial Group
New York City District Council of Carpenters Relief & Charity Fund
Claire and Michael Olshan
Renaissance Re
The Ronald and Jo Carole Lauder Foundation
Clea and Kurt Soderland
Maury and Janet Stuffmann
Terry and Eileen Glenn Foundation
Tradition Energy
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP


Augustyn Foundation Trust, Mrs. Gretchen Augustyn
David and Allison Blitzer
Louis W. Bremer
Chatham Asset Management, LLC
Jennifer and Stephen Czech
Gasthalter & Co
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Lifetime / A&E Networks
Sue and Richard Masson
Sue and Bob Okin
Greg Olsen - Olsen Foundation
Rob and Ali Stevens
Sam Waksal / Equilibre Biopharmaceuticals Corp.
Lynne Zydowsky
*Former SEAL