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UTC Partners with The Honda Classic to Honor Thousands of Veterans, Active Military Personnel and Their Families

Beth Amato, UTC executive vice president and chief human resources officer, presents Jack Barrett of Veterans Adaptive Sports, third from left, a check for $30,000 on behalf of UTC. Veterans Adaptive Sports is a nonprofit organization that supports the rehabilitation of disabled military service veterans through adaptive sports. Front row from left are: a World War ll veteran guest at the Patriots Outpost pavilion; Beth Amato; Jack Barrett; Bobby Hendel, The First Tee of the Palm Beaches; Mike O’Neill, Pratt & Whitney manager, Systems Engineering Validation; Tom Vining, president, Otis Americas; and Ken Kennerly, executive director of The Honda Classic.
World War II Veteran Harry Isabel gets a warm welcome at the United Technologies Patriots Outpost hospitality pavilion from Beth Amato, UTC executive vice president and chief human resources officer.
Through Birdies for the Brave, UTC partnered with Callaway Golf Company to provide customized golf clubs for wounded Veterans Mark McKinney, a recipient of the Purple Heart, and Christopher Gordon. From left are: Casey Parks, Callaway Golf Sales representative for Southeastern Florida; Army Sgt. Mark McKinney; Mike O’Neill, Pratt & Whitney manager, Systems Engineering Validation; Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Gordon and his son, Justin; and Russ Evans director, Media & Corporate Partnerships at IMG/The Honda Classic.
More than 130 employee volunteers and their families representing Pratt & Whitney, Otis and UTC Climate, Controls and Security help host military guests and their families at the United Technologies Patriots Outpost hospitality pavilion.
A volunteer from Palm Beach Gardens Community High School ROTC program and Otis volunteer Sonia Lovoi invite spectators at The Honda Classic to take a moment to write a special message on the United Technologies Patriots Outpost Tribute Wall.
UTC offered tournament attendees the opportunity to assemble more than 1,000 care packages for deployed troops.
Roy Hernandez from Pratt & Whitney was among the many veterans, and members of the National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve, who volunteered at the UTC hospitality pavilion.

For the fourth consecutive year, UTC companies proudly sponsored military appreciation events and the Patriots Outpost honoring thousands of military personnel, past and present, who attended this year’s Honda Classic golf tournament in Florida.

More than 130 employee volunteers and their families representing Pratt & Whitney, Otis and UTC Climate, Controls & Security hosted guests at the UTC pavilion. Among the UTC volunteers were veterans and members of the National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve. Volunteers helped to serve more than 6,500 complimentary meals over the course of four days. 

UTC continued its partnership with The Honda Classic as a Founder’s Club sponsor of the golf tournament, which attracts the best players on the PGA Tour. As part of the sponsorship, UTC donated $30,000 to Veterans Adaptive Sports. UTC also made a $100 donation to the Palm Beach County Fisher House for each birdie made on the Champion course signature 17th hole, totaling $6,200.

UTC Honors Brave Men and Women
“It is an honor for UTC to pay tribute to the brave men and women who have served, and are currently serving our country,” said Beth Amato, UTC executive vice president and chief human resources officer. “They, along with their families, deserve our deep and heartfelt appreciation for all they have sacrificed to protect our freedom.”

Veterans and members of the military continue to appreciate UTC’s hospitality at The Honda Classic. “It is great to be here and to feel so appreciated,” said veteran Dick Carey. “I am grateful for the warm welcome extended by everyone at the United Technologies Patriots Outpost pavilion.” 

Carey served as a pilot in the U.S. Navy from 1957 to 1962. “Serving in the military helps you sort out what you want to do in life,” he said. “It helps you know yourself and what to do in any situation, and gives you the courage to just do it.” Carey went on to explain his military training proved invaluable when he was piloting a Trans World Airlines (TWA) aircraft that was hijacked in 1976. “I was able to negotiate a safe ending to an anxious incident in part because of my military training,” he added. 

UTC Employees Lead Military Appreciation
In addition to providing the Patriots Outpost, tournament spectators were invited to write a message to U.S. troops on the United Technologies Patriots Outpost Tribute Wall. “It was an honor to welcome our service members and give back to those making a difference every day,” said Otis volunteer Sonia Lovoi, as she welcomed visitors to the Tribute Wall and Care Package Station. Attendees assembled 1,000 care packages containing snacks, personal care items and notes of thanks to be shipped to U.S. troops stationed overseas.

“I am proud to work for a company that supports our military, and appreciates the unique skills veterans and active duty reservists have to offer because of their experience and training,” said Air Force Veteran Alan Ingram, who helped welcome visitors to the Patriots Outpost pavilion. Ingram works at Pratt & Whitney West Palm Beach.  

“UTC proudly employs more than 1,000 employees in Florida,” Amato said. “Active duty reservists and veterans make up nearly 20 percent of UTC’s workforce in the West Palm Beach area alone.” 

 


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