October 14, 2009 - New York - The Leary Firefighters Foundation, founded by actor Denis Leary, announced today its inaugural TEAM LFF running in the ING New York City Marathon on November 1, 2009 is comprised of both civilians and first-responders. Firefighters from New York, Boston, and New Orleans - three areas supported by the Leary Foundation - will run in one of the world's most elite sporting events.
Other team members include a U.S. soldier recently returned from Afghanistan, an EMT from Chicago, the wife of a Connecticut firefighter, police officers from Orange County California and Boston, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard, and civilians from New York, California, New Jersey, Virginia, and Geneva Switzerland.
"The diversity of this team reflects the global awareness of what these first-responders to do protect us, and what we can do to protect them, which is at the heart of what The Foundation does," said Denis Leary, President, "I thank every member of our inaugural team for such an extraordinary effort in supporting our cause."
Black Diamond Protective Equipment, Black Helmet Apparel, and Bushmills Irish Whiskey joined Leary as Founding Sponsors of TEAM LFF. Through its partnership with the New York Road Runners, The Foundation was awarded a limited number of guaranteed fundraising entries. The proceeds raised by team members and supporters will go to The Foundation's charitable mission of providing fire departments with the tools they need to maintain the highest level of public safety.
"We are honored to support such an incredible foundation. The work that the Leary Firefighters Foundation does and the values they hold are inspirational," said Dan Buttling, Senior Vice President of Whiskey, Diageo, "We are happy to be part of this and we look forward to celebrating the team's success after the marathon. Good luck to everyone that is taking part." Black Diamond's Alan Lunder says, "Our support of The Leary Firefighters Foundation is consistent with the support Black Diamond boots provide to firefighters around the world every day." And returning supporter Jason Schott, COO of Schott NYC added, "We are proud to support the unspoken heroes who dedicate their lives to helping others. Thank you to The Leary Firefighters Foundation for championing these courageous Americans."
TEAM LFF Supporters include:
Alacer Corp, makers of Emergen-C; Blue Diamond Growers; Bloomingdales-SoHo; Bill Fox Co.,LLC; Cadbury; COTY, CYBEX; Employee Vita; Explorer's Bounty; Firefighters Play,LLC; Fireman's Brew; Nintendo; NIVEA; Oakley, Orlando Harley-Davidson/Laconia Harley-Davidson; Schott NYC; Tabasco; Thorlo Socks; Timex; Trojan; ZIRH.
About The Leary Firefighters Foundation:
The mission of The Leary Firefighters Foundation is to provide funding and resources for Fire Departments to obtain the best available equipment, training and technology. The Foundation was established in 2000 by actor Denis Leary in response to a tragic fire in Worcester, Massachusetts that claimed the lives of Denis' cousin, a childhood friend, and four other firefighters. The Leary Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
About The ING New York City Marathon:
The premier event of New York Road Runners, the ING New York City Marathon is one of the world's great road races drawing more than 105,000 applicants. Since the inception of the official charity program in 2006, more than 13,600 runners have raised over $49.2 million. As any one of the 672,000 past participants will attest, crossing the finish line in Central Park is one of the great thrills of a lifetime. For more information, visit www.ingnycmarathon.org.