Sonepar’s CapitalTristate, Marlboro, Md., hosted nearly 500 customers and employees at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego recently as a part of their customer appreciation event "Fun In The Sun." As a surprise at the event, CapitalTristate President John Hardy brought out talk-show entertainer Jay Leno, who has worked with the Wounded Warrior Project for years. After an hour of standup monologue, Leno introduced a special guest, Navy Lieutenant (Ret) Kevin Shaeffer and his wife, Blanca.
Kevin was working in the Navy Command Center on the first floor of the Pentagon's "C-ring" when the September 11th attacks occurred. When American Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon, it passed through his office space, destroying everything in its path and taking the lives of many fellow co-workers. Miraculously, Kevin survived the initial explosion, and while severely burned over nearly 50 percent of his body, managed to escape.
Lt. Shaeffer then waged a grueling struggle to survive at the Washington Hospital Center's Burn Center and was ultimately medically retired from military service. His recovery was long and hard, and with the support of the Wounded Warrior Project, he has achieved far more than he thought possible. Kevin's life story carries a unique message of service, sacrifice, determination, and courage.
At the end of the presentation, CapitalTristate presented a check for $10,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project and Hardy challenged the audience to support them too, by offering a matching fund for donations up to $25,000.