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Sachem Supports our Troops:

Veterans Day events occurred at Sachem School District on Long Island for the fourth consecutive year and Team Jesse was the benefiting organization.  Sachem CSD students and staff, specifically Waverly Avenue Elementary, Seneca and Samoset Middle Schools, once again “showed up” raising $3100 through the sale of ” Sachem Supports Our Troops” tee shirts said water bottles filled with dimes.


Chili Cook-Off benefiting Long Island hero

Jim Nohe, Ron and Karen Mincio, Friends of Fundraisers and the Coram Fire Department raised $2400 as part of our Long Island “Never Forget” program.   Proceeds from the event benefited the family of Air National Guard SGT Louis Bonacasa, 31, Coram, NY, KIA 12/21/2015, Afghanistan.


Ride To Remember 2016

Following previous rides in WA and CA, for the third straight year The Team Jesse Foundation will “Ride to Remember” United States military personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.  This year’s 200 mile, 3-day bicycle ride will be from Portland, Oregon to Gearhart, Oregon.  The four cyclists participating in this event are Board members Kevin Mincio and Kevin Collins and longtime friends and Team members Mark Larson and Rob Shields.  We will honor one fallen soldier each day, passing through communities, visiting family members and gravesites along the way.  This year we will remember:

  • Wed, 7/27:  Army PFC Brett Andre Walton, 37, Portland, OR.  KIA 4/9/2007, Bagdad, Iraq

    Army PFC Brett Walton

    Army PFC Brett Walton

  • Thurs, 7/28: Army PFC Ken W. Leisten, 20, Cornelius, OR.  KIA 7/28/2004, Taji, Iraq

    Army PFC Ken Leisten

    Army PFC Ken Leisten

  • Fri, 7/29: Army PFC Brian A. Browning, 20, Astoria, OR.  KIA 2/6/2007, Bagdad, Iraq

    Army PFC Brian Browning

    Army PFC Brian Browning

Cyclists are paying all their own costs for travel, lodging and food.  100% of all donations will fund our mission of providing education and support for families of fallen soldiers.

Click to donate – Ride to Remember 2016

Your generosity and support is much appreciated.

To The Limit!

2016 Islanders Never Forget

The 3rd annual Team Jesse Foundation spin event was held at World Gym, in Coram, NY.  This year’s Islanders Never Forget hero was SSG. Louis Bonacasa from Coram, NY, who was killed by a suicide bomber on December 21, 2015.  A total of 19 spinners and 2 instructors participated, raising over $5000.  We are grateful to all who participated and donated as well as World Gym.  The highlight of the day was marked by the presence of Louis’s wife, Dee.  She expressed her gratefulness to Team Jesse for honoring her husband and we will keep in contact with her throughout the year.  A special thanks goes to Jim Nohe for his tireless efforts which exemplifies the Team Jesse motto – To the Limit!

Teen Expedition

Team Jesse is sponsoring the Teen Expedition and participating in the service project security.

The Travis Manion Foundation and Outward Bound are excited to host a Teen Expedition in the Delaware Water Gap region. This Expedition is for children and siblings of fallen military service members who are 15-18yrs of age. This outdoor Backpacking experience includes rock climbing, map and compass navigation, physical challenges, team leadership skill development, and a service component to benefit the local community and serve in honor of the fallen.

Download PDF here:
2016 Teen Exp overview