SALUTE TO VETERANS BREAKFAST

Friday, Nov. 8, 2024
7:15 to 9:30 a.m.
Danversport Yacht Club

presented by The North Shore Chamber of Commerce and Premier Sponsor, Wellpoint

Salute to Veterans 2022

Join us in honoring the North Shore’s veterans and military members as we enjoy breakfast and present The Minuteman Service Awards at the third annual Salute to Veterans event. Thanks to the generosity of Wellpoint and many area businesses, veterans and military are invited to join us free-of-charge for this celebration of patriotism and service. Keynote speaker to be announced!


The Minuteman Service Award

The Minuteman Service Award recognizes one individual and one business demonstrating selfless dedication and outstanding leadership to our country in support of our military or veterans community. Our Salute to Veterans Committee — comprised of Chamber members, active military and veterans –reviews all nominations submitted by the community.

 

 

Nominations will open soon!


2024 Salute to Veterans Sponsorship & Ticket Pricing

Chamber members: $60

Non-members: $80

Free to veterans and military 


2023 Salute to Veterans Breakfast

Nov. 9, 2023

The North Shore Chamber of Commerce was honored to host the annual Salute to Veterans breakfast on Thursday, Nov. 9 at Danversport.

Together with our premier sponsor, UniCare, and our supporting sponsor, O’Donnell Funeral Services, we welcomed veterans and active military from throughout the North Shore for a celebration of patriotism and service.

Spc. Amy Fichera, an Army National Guard vocalist opened the program with a performance of the National Anthem as the Color Guard presented the colors.

Following an invocation by Chaplain Christopher Ziegler and a moment of silence for all fallen military, Major General Gary Keefe, Adjutant General Massachusetts National Guard, highlighted the importance of Veterans Day as a celebration of service. He thanked employers for recognizing the sacrifice of military and veterans.

General Keefe asked all those in the audience who served to stand as he read the list of wars. We are honored to have been joined by a veteran from World War II, who lives at Brooksby Village. General Keefe also thanked the Gold Star mothers and wives in the audience.

The large crowd listened attentively as keynote speaker Skip Soderholm, a retired Command Sergeant Major and decorated combat veteran with more than 25 years of service to the U.S. Army and U.S. Special Operations Command reflected on his service. Soderholm spent 20 years serving in the Army’s elite Special Missions Unit (SMU) where he served as an operator, team leader, master breacher, instructor, Troop Sergeant Major, Operations Sergeant Major, and Command Sergeant Major. He has 11 combat deployments to the Middle East where he participated in more than 800 combat missions. Soderholm has been awarded 10 Bronze Star medals, twice for valor, along with three Purple Heart medals.

The Salute to Veterans event also included the presentation of the 2023 Minuteman Service Awards. Joe LeBlanc, director of veterans services for North Andover and Boxford, and Paradise Dental Associates, LLC of Salem, were recognized for all the work they do to help the veterans community.

Thank you to the many businesses who sponsored this program, allowing veterans and military to attend for free.

UniCare logo
O'Donnell Funeral Service logo

2023 KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Scott SoderholmWe are pleased to welcome this year’s Keynote Speaker, Skip Soderholm, a retired Command Sergeant Major and decorated combat veteran with more than 25 years of service to the U.S. Army and U.S. Special Operations Command.
Soderholm spent 20 years serving in the Army’s elite Special Missions Unit (SMU) where he served as an operator, team leader, master breacher, instructor, Troop Sergeant Major, Operations Sergeant Major, and Command Sergeant Major. He has 11 combat deployments to the Middle East where he participated in more than 800 combat missions.
Soderholm, a disabled veteran, has been awarded 10 Bronze Star medals, twice for valor, along with three Purple Heart medals. Soderholm is a graduate of many military schools, including the U.S. Army Ranger School, Special Forces Qualification Course, the Operator Training Course, and the US Army Sergeants Major Academy.

2023 MINUTEMAN SERVICE AWARD HONOREES

The Minuteman Service Award recognizes one individual and one business demonstrating selfless dedication and outstanding leadership to our country in support of our military or veterans community. Our Salute to Veterans Committee — comprised of Chamber members, active military and veterans –reviews all nominations submitted by the community.

This year’s recipients of the prestigious honor are Joe LeBlanc, director of veterans services for North Andover and Boxford, and Paradise Dental Associates, LLC of Salem.

During his tenure as veterans services director, Joe LeBlanc has performed countless acts to call attention to veterans and ensure that they are honored. This includes: lobbying for North Andover and Boxford to be named as Purple Heart communities; refurbishing the World War I Memorial to correct misspelled names; working with the Lawrence Exchange Club to host a “Field of Honor” in North Andover; and coordinating a COVID-19 vaccination clinic with the Bedford Veterans Hospital and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2104.

Paradise Dental Associates, LLC, in Salem has a long history of offering dental care to veterans. In previous years, they hosted a day in November where veterans could receive free care at their office. Today, the dentists work with the VA department to provide dental treatment for free, or at a reduced cost, for all veterans.

2023 Freedom Sponsors

2023 Patriot Sponsors

Coastal Windows logo
Colliers logo
Cataldo logo
AgeSpan logo
Mayflower logo
Institution for Savings logo
Silver Lining Solutions Logo
Danvers GMC
North Shore Bank Logo, Stacked, Square
Groom logo
Oyster House logo
iCorp
Retailer Association of Mass

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR 2022 SALUTE TO VETERANS BREAKFAST

The North Shore Chamber and UniCare had the privilege of co-hosting our annual tribute to our veterans and servicemen and women on Nov. 10 at the Boston Marriott Peabody.
Thank you to our keynote speaker – Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts – who left us all inspired and grateful for his valor, loyalty and dedication in defense of our nation in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.
Congratulations to Minutemen Service Award honorees Kristine Babcock, the retired veterans services coordinator for North Shore Community College in Danvers, and Coastal Windows & Exteriors, Inc. of Beverly and its owner, Stephanie Vanderbilt, who were recognized for their exceptional acts of leadership and commitment on behalf of our nation’s military.
We extend our appreciation to the many businesses and individuals who supported our Salute to Veterans Breakfast through their generous sponsorship of tickets to allow our veterans and member of the military to attend the event for free.
Thank you also to the members of our Host Committee who volunteered their time and talents to the success of our annual celebration of patriotism, service and our nation’s military.

2022 Co-Host and Premiere Sponsor

UniCare logo

2022 Freedom Sponsors

Salem Five Bank Logo
newburyport bank
Enbridge Logo
Shawmut Strategies Group

2022 Patriot Sponsors

Solomon Private Wealth
Coastal Windows & Exteriors
AgeSpan
Profile Research
Abiomed
North Shore Nissan
iCorps Technologies
North Shore Bank
ENCON Commercial Services
Union Oyster House