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Armonk's Building And Realty Institute Donates To Operation Backbone

Presenting the donation to Operation Backbone are, from left, Building and Realty Institute Executive Director Albert Annunciate, BRI board members Angelo Ponzi and Jane Curtis, Mike Storm, Operation Backbone CEO, and BRI President Eric Abraham.
Presenting the donation to Operation Backbone are, from left, Building and Realty Institute Executive Director Albert Annunciate, BRI board members Angelo Ponzi and Jane Curtis, Mike Storm, Operation Backbone CEO, and BRI President Eric Abraham. Photo Credit: Operation Backbone

ARMONK, N.Y. -- Veterans with severe brain and spine injuries will receive much-needed help thanks to the Building and Realty Institute, based in Armonk, which has donated $2,000 to support Operation Backbone.

Operation Backbone, founded by Mike Storm, a Gulf War veteran of the U.S. Navy, provides crucial brain and spine surgical treatment for the most severely wounded soldiers. It also supports soldiers' spouses and families, who are the "backbones" of the families.

The organization works with the Buffalo Sabers hockey team to offer strength and nutritional training at their state-of-the-art training facility after surgery as part of the brain, spine and strength rehabilitation.

"This donation represents our association's gratitude for the selfless service of our military personnel," says Albert Annunciate, executive director of BRI, "and we're delighted to support Operation Backbone's tireless efforts to help repair their health and enhance their families' lives."

The Builders' Institute, a building, realty and construction industry membership organization which celebrates its 70th anniversary next year, has 1,300 members in 14 counties of New York state. Members of the organization are involved in virtually every sector of the building, realty and construction industry.

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