The NYC Marine Corps Birthday Gala is an annual event scheduled around November 10 benefitting Team Rubicon and The Headstrong Project.
Team Rubicon serves communities by mobilizing veterans to continue their service by leveraging their skills and experience to help people prepare, respond, and recover from disasters and humanitarian crises. Founded following the Haiti earthquake in 2010, the organization has grown to over 130,000 volunteers across the United States and has launched over 700 operations both domestically and internationally. Amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, Team Rubicon has not only pivoted to be able to continue to deliver disaster response and rebuild services in core mission areas, but has also expanded their scope of missions to meet community needs brought about by COVID. This has required the development of extensive protocols that allow its volunteers, also known as Greyshirts, to swiftly and safely continue to deliver on its core mission of disaster response which has recently included operations for Hurricanes Laura, Isaias, Hanna and the recent derecho in the Midwest. Team Rubicon has also adapted its capabilities to respond to the pandemic by assisting in activities such as food delivery to at-risk populations, coordination and logistics support for those in temporary quarantine, and opportunities for volunteers to help their neighbors through individual acts of service. Additionally, Team Rubicon has helped local, state, and federal partners with a direct medical response, including running mobile testing sites, decompressing hospitals, and providing on-site medical assistance. Visit teamrubiconusa.org for more information.
As one of the nation’s leading mental health treatment practices for post-9/11 veterans, military service members and families, Headstrong is committed to improving lives and reducing barriers to effective mental health care and delivering industry leading outcomes. Since our inception in 2012, Headstrong has delivered life-altering, mental health treatment to thousands of veterans, service members and their family members. Now offering virtual and in-person treatment options for clients impacted by COVID-19 across 11 states and 27 program markets, the Headstrong clinical network includes hundreds of experienced, culturally competent trauma clinicians, including psychiatrists, psychologists, and licensed clinical social workers and who treat an average of 1,000 clients per month. Through its relationship with Weill Cornell Medicine, itself a world-class health care system, Headstrong’s differentiating and evidence-based clinical stance offers clients a range of stigma, barrier, and cost-free treatment options, all individually tailored to their needs, to ensure the best clinical experience possible. To learn more, visit getheadstrong.org
Photography by Wendy Moger-Bross