News Flash

Home

Posted on: November 27, 2023

Livingston County Veterans Celebrated as Part of SUNY Geneseo Athletics’ Military Appreciation Night

Hockey1

GENESEO, N.Y., Nov. 27, 2023 – Veterans from throughout Livingston County were saluted last week at a special event as the Livingston County Veteran Services Office teamed up with Veterans One Stop of Western New York and the nationally-ranked SUNY Geneseo men’s ice hockey team for Veterans Appreciation Knight on November 21st inside the Ira S. Wilson Ice Arena.

The event, which pitted the fifth-ranked Knights against the Elmira College Soaring Eagles, was an opportunity for the community to come together and support current and former members of our nation’s armed services.

“I want to thank everyone who helped to make this event possible,” said David Terry, Director of the Livingston County Veteran Services Office.  “Our veterans have given so much to our communities and it’s wonderful to see the community come together to support them in return.  I want to thank Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Dani Drews, head coach Chris Schultz and the entire SUNY Geneseo family for their collaboration and support of our mission to provide outstanding service and recognition to our veterans.”

The afternoon started with a tailgate party honoring all veterans in attendance including dinner.   From there, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office directed the color guard presentation before Terry and his family took part in a ceremonial puck drop.

During the first intermission, David L. LeFeber, Chair of the Livingston County Board of Supervisors, was on hand to present United States Army Veteran, Paul Straton, a Maintenance Supervisor with Geneseo who is responsible for the campus ice arena among other facets of the campus, a Certificate of Appreciation as the County’s Veteran of the Month for November.  During the second intermission, New York State Senator Pamela Helming (54th Senate District) and New York State Assemblywoman Marjorie Byrnes (133rd District) presented proclamations to United States Air Force Veteran, Dr. Timothy DeRuyter, DDS and United States Navy Veteran, Timothy Cornell, both of who are active in supporting the Geneseo Ice Knight program.
 
 Throughout the evening, pre-registered veterans were given gift cards to local establishments and gas cards by way of free raffles.  On the ice, the team wore special military-themed jerseys that were donated by Special Tees in Geneseo.  Game-worn jerseys were part of a silent auction throughout the night, which raised over $3,600 that will be donated to the County’s veteran services office.
 
 “The evening was a resounding success,” added Terry.  “It was an honor to team up with the campus to recognize our veteran population. It was a night to bring veterans together with their families, showcase great local hockey and provide a platform for veteran comradery and recognition.  The local hockey community from Livingston Blues Youth Hockey to SUNY Geneseo hockey is like a family and many veterans are part of it.  SUNY Geneseo exemplifies community and embraces the veteran population and Livingston County through Veterans One Stop Center and its PFC Joseph P. Dwyer program continues to bring the veteran community closer together."   

Learn more about upcoming events and more by visiting the Livingston County Veteran Services Office website or by calling (585) 243-7960.

Stay up-to-date with the latest news, events and more by following Livingston County on TwitterInstagramFacebook and LinkedIn.  

About Livingston County:

Founded in 1821, Livingston County, N.Y., is home to more than 61,000 residents in 17 towns located across 631 square miles of the Finger Lakes region. 

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Home

County Connections - Mary Guldenschuh

County Connections - Mary Guldenschuh

Posted on: February 13, 2024
AHM

February is American Heart Month

Posted on: February 12, 2024
County Connections - Teresa Moran

County Connections - Teresa Moran

Posted on: January 31, 2024
Blood-Donation

January is National Blood Donor Month

Posted on: January 18, 2024
County Connections - Gail Maggio

County Connections - Gail Maggio

Posted on: December 21, 2023
County Connections - Kelly Greenway

County Connections - Kelly Greenway

Posted on: December 14, 2023
COPD

November Marks COPD Awareness Month

Posted on: November 30, 2023
Mouth-Cancer-Awareness-Month

November is Mouth Cancer Action Month

Posted on: November 27, 2023
Diabetes-Month

November is National Diabetes Month

Posted on: November 14, 2023
Lung-Cancer-Awareness-Month

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on: November 13, 2023
Down-Syndrome-Awareness-Month

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Posted on: October 31, 2023
ADHD

October is ADHD Awareness Month

Posted on: October 30, 2023
County Connections - Jennifer Clark

County Connections - Jennifer Clark

Posted on: October 4, 2023
national-ovarian-cancer-month

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on: September 14, 2023
Mignemi

County Connections - Lynne Mignemi

Posted on: August 30, 2023
Copy of County Connections - Green

County Connections - Howie Green

Posted on: August 15, 2023
County Connection - Terry

County Connections - David Terry

Posted on: June 29, 2023
County Connection - Watson

County Connections - Holly Watson

Posted on: April 20, 2023