40th BIRTHDAY FUNDRAISER
Thanks to everyone for the generous support! First responders helping first responders. Families helping first responders. Friends helping first responders. Sponsors helping first responders. Teammates helping first responders. For a few hours everyone took a short time out from all the 9/11 related illnesses our first responders and their families deal with every single day. For a few hours everyone came together for a night of FUNdraising, celebrating, honoring and ultimately never forgetting.
When: November 1, 2019
Where: Hudson Station
440 9th Ave, New York City
(SE corner of 35th Street)
($200 at the door)
Proceeds going to purchase a wheelchair accessible van for the FDNY Fire Family Transportation Foundation.
- 4-Hour open bar
- Live Music/DJ
- Silent Auction
Live performance by:
To sponsor this event, please contact us.
About Rob Serra
“I was sworn into the NYC Fire Academy on 7-15-01, I was 21 years old. We finished up on 9-10 and Tuesday I had the day off. September 11, 2001 happened to be the first day of FDNY Hockey Team tryouts in Freeport NY. As I approached the Verrazano Bridge, I could see one of the towers on fire. I immediately called my brother, who was already on the job. He advised me to go home and get my gear. I swapped out my hockey bag for my bunker gear and headed to the WTC.
I never made it to tryouts that year, but in 2002 I made the team. However it wasn’t until 2004 that I cracked the lineup for the “Rivalry Game” against the NYPD. That turned out to be one of the most memorable days of my life as I was fortunate enough to score the game-winning goal. I went on to play in four more of those games at the Nassau Coliseum.
In 2008 I stopped playing for the team as I had dozens of polyps on my sinuses and had begun experiencing neurological issues. After having sinus surgery in 2010 I continued to work, but in 2012 the FDNY forced me to retire from my 9-11 illnesses.
After making endless trips back and forth to DC, many in an FDNY Fire Family Transport van, it’s time for me to spend more time with my family. However, I’m also dedicated to our mission at the Ray Pfeifer Foundation. We are first responders helping first responders.
Hope you’ll join us on November 1 st as we raise money to purchase a wheelchair accessible van for the FDNY Fire Family Transportation Foundation. Pay it forward.” - Rob