Monday, October 01, 2007

A Great Opportunity for Boston Area Residents to Support Wounded Soldiers – October 19 in Danvers

My friend, Richie Sheridan, was Captain of the Hockey Team at West Point. Since leaving the Army to pursue a career in medical device sales, Richie has remained a staunch supporter of the Army hockey program. Richie mentored a young cadet, Derek Hines, Class of 2003. Derek, a native of my hometown of Newburyport, Massachusetts, also served as Captain of the United States Military Academy Hockey Team. After graduating from West Point, Derek served as a lieutenant with the Army in Afghanistan, where he was killed on September 1, 2005. In his memory, Derek’s family has created the Derek Hines Soldier Assistance Fund. The organization’s website articulates the goal of the fund:

Our goals are to provide support to Massachusetts's soldiers who are recovering from injuries incurred while on active duty.

In the e-mail from Richie Sheridan below, you will find details about a fund-raising activity for the Derek Hines Fund to be held on Friday evening, October 19 at the Sheraton Ferncroft in Danvers, Massachusetts.

This is a tremendous opportunity for many of us who believing in supporting our troops to put our money where our mouth is. I have already purchased my ticket for the event, and I urge you to consider joining the Hines family, the Sheridan and me on the 19th.

Here is Richie’s invitation:

Dear Friends & Family,

We will be holding a Bingo Night benefit for the 1ST LT Derek Hines Soldiers Assistant Fund Friday, October 19th at 6:30pm at the Sheraton Ferncroft in Danvers, MA.

As many of you know, Maryanne and I were very close to Derek. We cherish the memories of sponsoring Derek as a cadet and take great pride in the accomplishments he achieved during his time on active duty. Please visit to learn more about this superhero. Of particular note is the video of his Dad’s accepting the NCAA Award of Valor on Derek’s behalf in the news section of the website.

We hope you can join us. Tickets for the event can be purchased online at

I hope this finds you well,


I encourage you to visit the link to the Derek Hines Fund Website. You will be inspired by the spirit that drove this young man to accomplish great things in his sort lifetime.

I look forward to seeing many readers of The White Rhino Report in Danvers on the 19th!


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