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Here at Global Elite Events we proudly support the Tunnel to Towers Foundation honors the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001, as well as our military and first responders who continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life and limb for our country.
Stephen was off duty that day, but when the towers were hit he went back to the firehouse, grabbed his gear and headed for the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel. By the time he got there the tunnel was closed so he strapped his 60 pounds of gear to his back and ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center.
In 2002 1,500 people came out for the inaugural Tunnel to Towers 5k race, which retraces Stephen's heroic final steps. Since then they have grown to races and walks in all 50 states, They have committed to building over 200 smart homes for catastrophically injured veterans, giving over 250 Gold Star families mortgage free homes, as well as paying off the mortgages of fallen first responders to ensure their families have a place to call home.
In 2017, Genevieve was asked to be a part of the Foundation's Young Professional group that was being formed, and in 2018 began serving as the President of the YPN, a role she still holds today.
Team Prifte Punch
Team Prifte Punch officially began in 2017 when our Founder & CEO, Genevieve Prifte, created a team after taking part in the Tunnel to Towers annual 5k in New York City in 2013 & 2016. This team is made up of friends and family, and in 2019 our team began honoring Lt. Glenn E. Wilkinson who was one of the 343 fire fighters who made the supreme sacrifice on September 11, 2001.
Glenn Wilkinson was a lieutenant in charge of Engine Company 238 out of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. On September 11th he and his men were in the South Tower when he ordered them out of the building. Once outside he discovered that one of his men was missing, and so he went back inside to rescue him. Glenn never made it back out, but all his men survived. He left behind his wife and 3 small children on that day.
I never had the privilege of knowing Glenn, but my dad played college football and lacrosse with him at Hofstra University. Glenn has often been remembered and talked about among our family, and our extended Hofstra family. One of Glenn’s favorite sayings was “While it’s nice to be important, It’s more important to be nice”, words he lived and lead by.
Our team is humbled to continue to support such an important cause in the name of such an honorable man.