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I am thrilled to announce that we will be able to hold the Second Annual Happy Hour for Heroes charity event this year. This event first took place in 2019 at the Freedom Tower Observatory (One World Trade) and was a rousing success, but unfortunately due to COVID-19 we were forced to cancel in 2020.
 
The Story
 
For those who do not know, my father passed away tragically during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. He worked for Aon (the company I now work for) in the South Tower of the World Trade Center. As a senior leader in the office, he took it upon himself to ensure as many of his colleagues as possible made it home that day. He is credited for savings 156 lives as he ushered his peers to the elevators and to safety. He was performing one final sweep of the floor before losing his life. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of him or miss him. I have the best guardian angel I could have asked for. My father is an American Hero.
 
While he was alive, my father was an advocate for raising money toward research on Cystic Fibrosis (CF), a rare genetic disease that causes thick mucus to build up in the lungs, making it difficult to breathe and causing infections. My two cousins, Ryan and Meghan Berger, live with CF every day. They are two of the strongest people that I know. It is an honor and a privilege to pick up the torch that my father has left behind.

 
The Event
 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions at the Freedom Tower, this year we have moved the event location to Clinton Hall in FiDi. A vaccination card will not be required for entry as the space is completely outdoors. I want to thank the One World Team for their support as we look to have the event return to their iconic and fitting location in 2022.
 

The cost of one wristband to the event will be $100. Please email me at nick.berger@aon.com or call/text me at 732-272-3333 for instructions on purchasing your wristband. Each wristband includes the following:
 

  • A donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Open bar from 6:00-9:00 (well liquors, select supercraft beers, house wines and soft drinks)
  • Assortment of finger foods
 
Every donation, big or small, is greatly appreciated, even if you are unable to attend the event. With the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaching, I know that this year in particular will be truly special. I want everyone to remember the 20th anniversary with a smile, not a frown.
 
I would like to thank Clinton Hall and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for making this year’s event possible. Together, let’s change CF from Cystic Fibrosis to Cure Found.
 
-Nick