NEFA Raises More Than $25K for Operation Open Water During Fashion Show Charity Event

The National Equipment Finance Association raised $25,340 at its fashion show charity event on March 21, which was held as part of the association’s 2023 Finance Summit in San Diego. The charity event raised funds for Operation Open Water, a nonprofit organization dedicated to using ocean and other open water experiences to help heal the mind, strengthen the body and raise the spirits of first responders and veterans.

During the event, 10 very fashionable models took the stage to show off various forms of stylish clothing, all the way from a suave James Bond look to a famous blue suit from a certain Jim Carrey movie you may remember, for a crowd of more than 100 enthusiastic attendees.

“On behalf of all of us at Operation Open Water, we are so grateful to everyone involved with NEFA for believing in our mission to support the health and wellness of every veteran and first responder through unique training programs, fellowship and open water adventures,” Danny Nichols, co-founder of Operation Open Water, said.

The NEFA and its philanthropic committee are committed to making a lasting impact in the communities and supporting charitable organizations in the cities in which its events are held. The association is already at planning its next event at the NEFA Funding Symposium in San Antonio from Oct. 3-6.

“We are thrilled and humbled by the response to our fashion show charity event,” Shawn Smith, founder and chair of the NEFA’s philanthropic committee, said. “The amount raised will make a significant difference in the lives of veterans and first responders who are struggling with mental health following their incredible service. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who contributed, attended and sponsored this remarkable event.”

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