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Vets Get Balloons-Eye View at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade


Patricia Kennedy with Master  Sgt Jason Leach, wife Kimberly

Patricia Kennedy with Master  Sgt Jason Leach, wife Kimberly
& children
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Vets Get Balloons-Eye View of Macy’s
Thanksgiving Day Parade


 Step Up 4 Vets Founder Patricia Kennedy Gives Veterans a Day of Fun with Their Families at New York’s
Iconic Parade




New York… A group of Iraq, Afghanistan and Viet Nam Veterans & their families enjoyed a birds-eye view of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from a prime perch overlooking Times Square at a special brunch hosted by Los Angeles philanthropist, arts patron and injured veterans activist Patricia Kennedy, founder of Step Up 4 Vets. For several of the families it was the first Thanksgiving together in several years due to deployments and their first time at the parade. The families came from as far away as Western Ohio for this once in a lifetime experience.


For the last three years, Ms. Kennedy a long time patron of the arts and especially dance has successfully bought at auction at the Career Transitions For Dancers Annual Jubilee, the Champagne Brunch to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from the organization’s offices overlooking Times Square. A highlight of the morning is the Balloon Toss- the children & adults write messages to Santa and the balloons – 100s of them– are tossed out the windows when Santa passes by in his sleigh!


An unabashed patriot and supporter of our fighting men and women, Ms. Kennedy launched Step Up 4 Vets in 2008 to partner in the transition of our injured veterans as they readjust, rebuild and redirect their lives. At the brunch, she presented the organization’s Peace One Earth Medallion to Stephanie Mahaney wife of Col. Patrick Mahaney.


In presenting the Medallion to Mrs. Mahaney, Ms. Kennedy said, “She exemplifies our tireless military spouses who raise families alone while our men and woman in uniform go into harm’s way, especially on multiple deployments.  Their sacrifices are very real and go much unnoticed.  They don’t receive metals or promotions and ask little or nothing in return but that their spouse comes home safely to enjoy the freedom they fought for.  Step Up 4 Vets is honored to present Stephanie Mahaney with the Peace One Earth medallion in recognition of her tireless and selfless contributions to her family and other military families and to the loved ones left behind who must forge ahead without their spouse and parent”.


 For over twenty years Patricia Kennedy has had a deep impact on the future of dance, especially in the ballet world as a great supporter of the Joffrey Ballet serving on the board from 1984-1994 Transitioning from the board in 1993 she co-produced with Gerald Arpino the internationally famed Prince ballet “Billboards” which is the most commercially successful ballet in history.


A longtime supporter of Career Transition for Dancers she was honored by CTFD with the Award for Outstanding Contribution to the World of Dance in 2004. From 2005 to 2007, she served as gala chair raising millions of dollars for CTFD and their support programs for injured dancers.


Transitioning once again and taking a page from CTFD’s playbook, she founded Step Up 4 Vets to help injured Vets transition to civilian life. To honor our veterans, Ms. Kennedy created Peace One Earth as a way to express gratitude to the defenders of our freedoms while acknowledging the hope for a world at peace.

Ms. Kennedy designed a beautifully crafted Peace One Earth medallion to make a statement about what is really important and essential in a peaceful society and to acknowledge the service and sacrifice of our troops and veterans who have given so much in pursuit. Since then, the Peace One Earth Medallion has been bestowed on a number of heroes as well as several individuals who have championed veterans. The Peace One Earth Medallion is now available on The Military Shopping Channel with proceeds going to the programs of Step Up 4 Vets


In recognition of her enormous charitable efforts and philanthropy, she was recently invested Dame Grand Cross in the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St George, only the second American woman ever to receive this highest honor. At the core of Ms. Kennedy’s beliefs is the concept that dance and theater experiences and, yes, parades can have a transforming effect on the injured veterans and elevate the spirit to aid in the healing process.


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