On June 11, 2023, MCL Slattery was invited to attend The All-Fords Car Show Event held at Performance Ford, Randolph by the Garden State Regions Mustang Club. The purpose was to implement a Rose Outing Fundraiser and MCL Slattery Membership Recruitment drive for the Detachment. MCL Slattery was invited to the event by the Association and President Michael Deliberto
MCL Member Stanley Zon was the outing OIC attending the event from 0830Hrs to 1600Hrs. MCL Slattery Members Tony FiorentIno, James Loizides, Mario Monaco, Domenic Monaco and Donald "Doc" Campbell.
Pat McGinley attended and worked the event in Shifts.
We arrived at Performance Ford, Randolph. and set up our table, chairs, Red MCL Slattery tent, American Flag and Marine Corps Colors fixed to the tent with MCL Slattery banner out front. Staff of Garden State Regions Mustang Club were extremely helpful and placed the Detachment location overlooking the show cars in a high pedestrian traffic area. The table was set up with collection containers, MCL Slattery membership applications, Roses, and cards in large collection bowls.
The event was attended by approximately 1,000 local citizens from the local area towns. Garden State Regions Mustang Club opened the event with The National Anthem at the attention to Colors posted at Performance Ford and Squad Detail formed by Gunny Monaco. Gunny Monaco and Domenic Monaco both attended wearing traditional WWII Pacific Theatre Infantry Saltines with M1 Garand Rifles and Helmets. Also in attendance was The United States Marine Corps Recruiting Station Rockaway, their table and Pull Up bars station set up. Both our detachment table and the USMC recruiting table were very well received by all who attended.
The Association announced the presence and purpose of MCL Slattery at the event on two occasions in public address and allowed Member Zon to speak about who we are and where the public donations go. The patrons were advised of who MCL Slattery is, what our mission statement is, what our past detachment contributions have supported and how we hold this event for continued support for our Veterans in the local North Jersey area. Numerous contacts were made with the attendees at the event. The support of attendees there was very positive. MCL Members walked the entire show with Roses, soliciting donations from patrons or stationery at the table greeting attendees who wanted to know about us. Special thanks to James Loizides and Tony Fiorentino for receiving an abundance of donations working the crowd there. Also, special thanks to the Monaco brothers for dealing with 90 Degree heat all day in full combat Saltines attracting much attention for the League.
MCL member Stanley Zon was approached by performance Ford President Michael Deliberto who presented him with a check for $525.00 from proceeds from the event for the MCL Slattery Chapter. A speech was made to the public and members there thanking them for their generous donation to our detachment. The Rose outing table was broken down and all gear packed at 1530 Hrs by Stanley Zon.