Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021

U.S. Senator Scott Brown recognizes Military Friends Foundation and MFF Partners


Senator Brown honors Military Friends Foundation L-R Brigadier General Gary Pappas (Ret.), Ms. Meghan Slack, Esq., MFF Executive Director Sarah Keller-Likins & MFF President SGM Jim Kelly (Ret.)

BOSTON – This week the Military Friends Foundation received recognition by United States Senator Scott Brown for its work to support Massachusetts military families and the families of fallen service members.  Senator Brown said the Foundation plays “an important role for military families” and urged Military Friends to continue to grow its mission.  In recent years, Massachusetts service members have faced their highest deployment levels since World War II.  Senator Brown, who sits on the Senate’s Veterans Affairs Committee, is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the Massachusetts Army National Guard.  To date, the Military Friends Foundation have provided over a half a million dollars to Massachusetts military families in times of need.

Several of the Military Friends Foundation partners were also in attendence including the Ahern Family Charitable Foundation and the Boston Blazers Lacrosse Team.  Both of these organizations are 2011 recipients of the the Military Friends “Partners-In-Service” Award. 

Senator Brown with the Ahern Family Charitable Foundation

 The Ahern Family Charitable Foundation was the flagship partnership that in 2003 created what is now the Military Friends Foundation.  Today, the Ahern Foundation and Military Friends join annually to host “Operation Santa Massachusetts” – a program that provides special military kids with holiday gift cards.  This program has touched the lives of hundreds of children of deployed Massachusetts Guard and Reservists and children who have lost a parent or sibling in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Senator Brown with Boston Blazers Executives Doug Reffue and Donald Armstrong

The Boston Blazers, Boston’s own professional lacrosse team, joined with Military Friends to host “Heroes Night” early this year and dedicated their season in memory of Lt. Scott Milley of Sudbury.  Lt. Milley lost his life in November 2010 while serving in Afghanistan with the United States Army.  The proceeds of Hero’s Night benefited the Military Friends programs for Massachusetts fallen heroes. The Boston Blazers have continued to support military families and the Foundation. 


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