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RAdm Garry J. Bonelli Named Chairman Of The Navy SEAL Foundation

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Posted: Sunday, August 24, 2014 2:32 pm

The Navy SEAL Foundation, a nonprofit organization providing immediate and ongoing support to the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community, their families, and the families of the fallen, recently announced Rear Admiral Garry J. Bonelli as Chairman of the Board. In addition to his new role, Admiral Bonelli will be supporting Coastal Living Magazine’s Showhouse to benefit the Foundation.

The 2014 Coastal Living’s showhouse is presented by Coastal Living Magazine, Flagship Properties and Flagg Coastal Homes. The magazine’s first showhouse located on the West Coast will be open for tours on July 16, 2014 and will benefit the US Navy SEALs and the Navy SEAL Foundation.

Bonelli has deep ties to the Coronado community. Following his Navy retirement in 2013, the City of Coronado, appointed Bonelli as a Commissioner for the San Diego Unified Port District, where he makes public policy and provides stewardship for the 6,000 acres of public tidelands encompassing San Diego Bay. He is also the former vice president of the Greater San Diego Chamber of Commerce.

As the Chairman, Rear Admiral Bonelli will oversee strategic direction and further enhancement of the Foundation’s five pillars of support: Warrior Support and Family Services; Educational Opportunities; Tragedy Assistance; Survivor Support; and Legacy Preservation. He will work with the Foundation’s volunteer Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer Robin King, and leadership of the NSW community to ensure the Foundation is meeting current needs and anticipating future needs of our warriors and their warrior families.

Rear Admiral Bonelli’s distinguished career spanned 45 years of active and reserve service, from ground combat deployments in Vietnam as a frogman to serving as a commanding officer of SEAL Team 5 during the 1990 Gulf War. Recalled to active duty in 2006, Bonelli was promoted to Flag rank and led the 9,000-person NSW community as the Deputy Commander and ninth Force Commander.

Coronado was the birthplace of the Navy SEALs and continues today as a center of SEAL operations.

As such, the Foundation is deeply vested in the community, and was chosen as a beneficiary of Coastal Living Magazine’s Showhouse in Coronado, a charitable collaboration of designers, architects and builders.  A portion of the proceeds of ticket sales from tours of the Showhouse, opening this month, will benefit the Foundation.

Tickets can be purchased through www.coastalbuilder.net, www.flagg.com and at the Coronado Visitor’s Center.

For those who cannot attend, donations can be made to the Foundation at www.navysealfoundation.org. In executing its mission, the Foundation is laser-focused on fiduciary transparency and efficiency. In 2012 (the Foundation’s most recent audit), 94 cents of every dollar donated went directly to current and future mission use, including commitments to surviving families. Since 2011, the Foundation has remained among the top tier of benevolent organizations for sound fiscal management, sustaining a 4 out of 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity watchdog organization.

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