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Wrap For A Cause News8 Interview

(WTNH)-Wrap for a Cause is a brand new, revolutionary fundraising program that helps raise money and awareness for local and national nonprofit charities. Laura Saggese recently launched her first Wrap for A Cause vehicle program at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund Walk in NYC. Saggese says her overall mission is to create awareness for charities and causes through vehicle wraps. She says she wanted to give a voice to not just one charity, but any organization that may strike a chord with any individual.

Each vehicle wrap is underwritten by the corporate sponsor and includes the tagline “Fueled by Sponsor Name.” Each wrap also promotes the agreed upon cause/charity and carries the Wrap for a Cause URL. Corporate sponsorships are split between the college/university and Wrap for a Cause. The college/university uses their share to support campus programs and Wrap for a Cause uses their share to pay for wraps and make monthly donations to the selected charity. They then donate 10% of the net proceeds to the selected cause.

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Wrap For A Cause Press Release

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Upping the Pace: Second NYC-Metro University Enlists with Operation Valiant Veterans

Wrap for A Cause Mobile Nonprofit Organization, Pace University Alum and Scherr Foundation Executive Director Partner to Raise Funds for School’s Veteran Scholarship Program –

(New York, NY) – November 6, 2017 Operation Valiant Veterans is taking the New York metro-area by storm. Pace University is the second institution of higher learning to join Laura Saggese, co-founder of Wrap for a Cause – a mobile marketing company for non-profit organizations and charities – honoring the commitment and sacrifices of our veterans this Veteran’s Day by wrapping a van in the University’s fleet with a message that promotes Pace veteran scholarships and support services. Teaming with Pace University is the Vera and Walter Scherr and Family Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to educational leadership and whose founder – Walter Scherr – is an award-winning author of “Walter’s Way” and an alumnus of Pace University.

“We are incredibly thrilled to have Pace University partner with us as we raise awareness for its outstanding Veterans scholarship program,” said Saggese. “University Veteran programs and scholarships like the ones offered at Pace help ease the transition from military to civilian life. These programs and scholarships provide veteran students with a sense of community support, while pursuing educational goals. It’s this sense of community involvement and achievement that really speaks to Wrap for a Cause.”

Kim Turner, with Pace University’s Development and Alumni Relations, explains how raised funds will be allocated. “We are partnering with Wrap for a Cause to benefit eligible veteran students pursuing their undergraduate degree. Funds may be used for scholarship awards or to provide other education-related financial relief.”

Offering assistance with education as a pathway to success for our veterans is what drew the attention of Walter Scherr, Executive Director of the Scherr Foundation, to underwrite Wrap for a Cause’s Operation Valiant Veterans: Pace University campaign.

“Part of our mission statement aims to ‘honor those who dedicate their lives and make career choices  that inherently add value to our society, and whose life work advances the greater good.’ Our Veterans have dedicated themselves to the greater good and we wish to honor their commitment by helping them pursue avenues that will support their efforts into the future,” said Scherr.

“We are launching our campaign on Veteran’s Day, but we plan to run it through the holidays,” explains Saggese. “November is also National Non-Profit Month, and that’s all the more reason for people to donate until the end of the year.”

To sponsor  sponsor an Operation Valiant Veterans campaign van or to make a donation, visit www.wrapforacasue.org.

The mission of Wrap for a Cause is to help local and national nonprofit organizations raise awareness and funds through a memorable, mobile marketing campaign that vibrant vehicle wraps. To learn more about becoming a corporate sponsor, fleet vehicle participant or charity beneficiary call 1-888-392-9729.

About the Scherr Foundation: The Vera and Walter Scherr and Family Foundation was formed in 2007 by Walter, his daughter Laura, and son Robert. The focus of the Foundation’s outreach is on education and people with disabilities. The Foundation’s mission is: To provide a secure and safe environment that empowers people to reach their full potential. The Foundation is also committed to honoring those who dedicate their lives and make career choices that inherently add value to our society, and whose life work advances the greater good. For more information about the Scherr and Family Foundation, visit www.waltersway.org.

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, NY, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. A 2017 study by the Equality of Opportunity Project ranks Pace University first in New York – and second in the nation – for Economic Mobility based on students who enter college at the bottom fifth of the income distribution and end up in the top fifth. www.pace.edu

rebased on data from the Equality of Opportunity Project’s Mobility Report. Cards. www.pace.edu

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The Discovery Health Center

The Discovery Health Center is recognized by NCQA as a Level III Patient-Centered Medical Home, meeting their highest level of recognition. The Department of Health certified Article 28 Health Center provides services for our students and residents, as well as select services for the broader community. We facilitate partnerships between patients, their families, and their physicians.

Primary Care: We are a central resource for all healthcare needs, providing services for children and adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and other special needs. Our primary care team includes physicians and nurses that are dedicated to helping patients live the healthiest life possible.

Specialty Care: Services include Audiology, Cardiology, Nutrition Experts, Gastroenterology, Ophthalmology, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Physiatry, Podiatry, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Pulmonology.

Dentistry: Providing general dentistry to the community, including preventative examinations, cleanings, restorative treatment, gum evaluation/treatment, and other minor procedures. We have a relationship with our local hospital to provide sedation dentistry. We specialize in compassionate and comprehensive care, especially for people who require more care and support.

Clinical Services:  Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Early Childhood Services, Assessments and Evaluations, and Assistive Technology are all part of our clinical services.

Assessments and Multidisciplinary Diagnostic Evaluations: We offer multidisciplinary diagnostic evaluations individually tailored to each person’s unique needs. Our team of highly skilled, experienced and licensed clinicians work together over a period of one to five days to examine an individual’s functioning and needs within their particular physical and social environments. At the conclusion of the assessment, they meet with individuals and their families to make recommendations to maximize improvement and independence in the areas of school, health and daily living.

We accept Medicare, Medicaid and most Private Insurances. Individual insurance coverage will vary and prior approval may be required. Private pay and school district requested assessments are also available and can be customized for an individual discipline assessment or a more comprehensive, intensive assessment.

Universal Design & Assistive Technology Institute: The Center has long been a pioneer in developing universal design solutions that improve functioning and quality of life for people with disabilities. As an example, our Flex-table™ is commercially available and speaks to the thoughtfulness of The Center’s design innovation; the design accommodates people with different physical needs, allowing them the experience of eating and interacting together. The IndieGo is a current project, focused on developing a new technology to expand opportunities and access for people who use wheelchairs.

Doctors and Key Staff: We are proud to have a diverse staff providing a variety of specialized services. To view a full list of staff please contact the clinic.

To Schedule an Appointment Call: (845) 707-8400

Hours of Operation:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Monday through Friday

Some services available evenings and weekends by appointment.

We accept Medicare, Medicaid and most Private Insurances.

Support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in cooperation with Crystal Run Healthcare.

The Discovery Health Center Announces “Patient Portal” through eClinicalWorks, featuring leading edge technology to promote healthcare and allow our patients convenient access of their medical records. Click Here to Download Information on How to Sign-up for “Patient Portal”

http://www.thecenterfordiscovery.org/medical-clinical-services/

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School Program

Education: Our school program educates children ages 5-18 with complex disabilities including medical frailties and Autism Spectrum Disorders. The Center is committed to meeting the educational and health needs of each and every child in our care. Employing our HealthE6 model, we aim to educate and support the whole child with evidence-based methods and meaningful interprofessional collaboration. Our nature-based curriculum is aligned with New York State education standards and our programs are taught with consistency and excellence. Content is delivered through Explicit Instruction that is systematic, direct, engaging and success-oriented. Our students, when ready, participate in pre-vocational and vocational opportunities to prepare them for adult life and careers.

Residential: Our residential facilities and program are designed to help each student develop to their fullest potential. Our picturesque setting includes outdoor learning environments, spaces for creative and therapeutic pursuits, and comfortable homes. Activities such as performing arts, yoga, gardening and organic farming, hiking, swimming, horseback riding, snowshoeing, skiing, and various team sports provide opportunities for individuals to learn, grow, and have fun.

Admissions and Transition Services at The Center for Discovery guides families through the process from initial inquiry to day of admission.

We receive referrals for day and residential programs from school districts, physicians’ offices, families, service providers, etc.

Funding for services at The Center comes from a variety of sources including New York State Education Department (NYSED), the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and private payment contracts.

Please call us at (845) 707-8889 to discuss what services may be best for your family , or to submit a referral.

http://www.thecenterfordiscovery.org/pediatric-services/

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A paratrooper from the 82nd Airborne Division jumps out of a C-17 jet transport during a training jump last month at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Matt Couch/WUNC

The 82nd Airborne Division's identity and culture are built around one thing: parachuting into combat.

But the division was formed in 1917, a quarter-of-a-century before there was such a thing as paratroopers.

In the popular imagination, its story starts with a single man.

"That's Sgt. York's helmet that he wore on the day he earned his Medal of Honor," said historian John Aarsen, director of the division's museum at Fort Bragg, N.C., as he stood in front of a display case. "And that's his uniform that he toured the U.S. in."

York has been called the greatest American hero of World War I. He killed more than 20 German soldiers while assaulting a machine-gun unit and almost single-handedly captured another 132.

And yes. The division has its own museum. And a series of podcasts on the unit's history.

Civilians can visit, but the 82nd Airborne mainly uses it for something else.

"Primarily the museum is here to train soldiers," Aarsen said. "I'm here to train soldiers to know their history, and a lot of it is I'm here to reinforce those values. The esprit de corps of the 82nd."

In short, the division has turned its extraordinary history into a crucial tool.

Every new paratrooper is brought to the museum. It's a way of maintaining a consistent culture and set of values in an organization that has constant turnover as soldiers cycle in and out — far more turnover than most civilian companies experience.

That history offers lessons in tactics and strategy. And helps young soldiers deal with a job so daunting that their method of getting to the battlefield can kill them.

"An 18-year-old in 1943 jumped out of the door over Sicily, and did what he needed to do," Aarsen said. "And you are an 18-year-old in the United States Army, and what I'm asking you to do is no different than what happened in that door in Italy. And you can do it. There are 75 years of soldiers like that, soldiers standing in that door all this time."

Paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division walk towards the jump door during a training jump last month at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Matt Couch/WUNC

A Veteran Remembers

One of the 82nd's soldiers standing in a door on D-Day was 20-year-old Kenneth "Rock" Merritt.

Kenneth "Rock" Merritt jumped into Normandy with the 82nd Airborne Division on D-Day in 1944.

Jay Price/WUNC

He was the second man out of a C-47 transport over Normandy - hours before landing craft hit the beaches - into a sky lighted only by German tracer rounds.

"If somebody tells you, no, you're not scared, he's either lying or he's a fool," said Merritt, now a 94-year-old retired command sergeant major.

The plane was flying much lower than his practice jumps, and the parachute barely had time to slow his fall.

Merritt came down in in a briar patch, and a German machine gun fired at him as he wriggled out of his parachute harness. Then an American transport plane fell towards him, on fire. As it passed just overhead he saw the lines trailing out that had yanked open a load of paratroopers' chutes.

That, he thought to himself, meant they had gotten out.

Then Merritt collected his equipment and crept away to find the rest of his unit. What was left of it, at least.

"On D-Day, my entire chain of command got killed," he said. "Not wounded, not captured, all of them got killed."

Merritt was among the nation's first paratroopers. He said back then they were taught they could beat any five men in a fight, and that they were the best soldiers anywhere.

They were also taught to move up two levels of command if their leaders were lost in battle. By dawn, that training seemed clairvoyant.

Merritt says nearly 2,100 in his regiment made that jump. After a month of fighting, fewer than 1,000 were left.

He also was part of a big combat jump into Holland in a battle depicted in the movie A Bridge Too Far. And he fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

Later Merritt was sent to Korea and Vietnam, and retired after rising to one of the Army's highest positions for enlisted soldiers.

During 35 years in the Army, he served with various units. Many were good, he said, but none matched the spirit and leadership of the 82nd.

Battles Fought On Many Fronts, And Not Just In Combat

The full sweep of the unit's history is almost too much to absorb, from York's exploits, to the 82nd's dramatic role in the Normandy invasion, to a long list of other famous battles and conflicts, right up to multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. 82nd troops are still in both those countries now.

With an Army AH-64 Apache helicopter passing above, paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division march across Sicily Drop Zone as part of the Airborne Review at Fort Bragg, N.C., last May. The 82nd Airborne celebrated its 100th birthday with a week of events and demonstrations, culminating in the Airborne Review.

Matt Couch/WUNC

After World War II, it became the first Army division to be permanently integrated, and it has had roles in every major conflict since then except the war in Korea.

Soldiers of the division were sent to keep order at the desegregation of the University of Mississippi, to riots in Washington, D.C., after the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. They served humanitarian missions in Haiti and south Florida after Hurricane Andrew.

The big parachute assaults in World War II were perhaps the most famous chapters of the 82nd's history. But they led to a lot of casualties, had mixed success and prompted a question that goes right to the heart of the unit's identity. A question people are still asking: whether it makes sense for the Army to maintain such a large unit of paratroopers.

Other units, particularly in special operations, make combat jumps with small numbers of troops. But large jumps have been rare since World War II and paratroopers of the 82nd haven't made a large jump since the invasion of Panama in 1989.

"But just as the 82nd doesn't do an airborne assault doesn't mean the capability hasn't been put to use," Aarsen said. "Hurricane Katrina was like that. The 82nd is the only unit in the Army that can load on an airplane 18 hours after you call it up and be moving to where ever you need it. Because it's rehearsed."

Rehearsed a lot.

Remaining Relevant

In one sense, the 82nd's specialty is parachuting. In another, it's being ready. One of the division's three brigades always has some of its soldiers ready to board aircraft, and ready to fight, within 18 hours. That's a role called Global Response Force.

That speed is something no other unit that size offers the Pentagon.

Sometimes being ready means not fighting at all. Aarsen said the Pentagon held the 82nd out of the war in Korea because it wanted a quick way to respond in case of surprise aggression from the Soviet Union.

And sometimes being ready means being used — but as a threat. The 82nd is credited with averting a conflict in Haiti in 1994 just by loading into planes and getting into the air.

One reason large combat jumps are rare is the increasing sophistication of anti-aircraft systems. The 82nd is experimenting, though, with something that could help against many foes: a light armored vehicle that can be dropped by parachute.

John Gordon, a senior defense researcher with RAND Corp., has been working with 82nd leaders on plans for the unit's future, including the use of something like the eight-wheeled LAV-25s the unit has borrowed from the Marines for testing.

The 82nd wouldn't need to use a full set of vehicles for every mission, but having enough ready would give it more flexibility, Gordon said.

"With many of these potential opponents today, the number and quality and range of their air defense systems is such that you're going to have to find a place to land the paratroopers outside the range of the air defense systems," Gordon said. "And if that distance is a long, long way and the paratroopers are limited to foot mobility it's going to take them a while to reach their objectives.

"But if the soldiers and enough vehicles could be dropped a short distance from an objective like an airport, they could be out of range of its anti-aircraft defenses, but close enough to attack quickly," he said.

A Tradition Endures

Army Spc. Kevin Bogucki, left, of the 82nd Airborne Division prepares for a training jump last month at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Matt Couch/WUNC

Aboard a hulking C-17 jet transport, young paratroopers prepare for a training jump. Army Spc. Kevin Bogucki is among them. As the plane banked and turned towards a drop zone, Bogucki was nonchalant about jumping out of a perfectly good aircraft for a living.

"They get a kick out of it when I tell people, it blows their mind," he said. "Me, it's old news now. Oh, I got another jump today."

Soldiers get hurt on jumps, and not just combat jumps. Mainly it's ankle injuries. Though there's worse. One of Bogucki's friends broke his hip after another plummeting soldier fell into his parachute and they got tangled.

They are all volunteers, one more thing that sets the 82nd apart.

Bogucki said that it was the extra $150 a month that first got his attention, but once he got into the 82nd, he said, it became obvious that all the talk about it being special wasn't just talk.

Now, he said, he believes that it really is better than other units.

"It is," he said. "Absolutely. You...go on training things like this all the time [and] it has to pay some dividends."

A few minutes later, Bugucki and dozens of other paratroopers stood, all burdened with heavy packs, rifles and parachutes.

They filed back to the two open doors of the huge jet, the men in front of Bogucki vanishing one at a time into the night sky until finally he was standing in the door.

Then, just as "Rock" Merritt had done so many decades ago, Bogucki jumped.

Source: JAY PRICE FROMNORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC RADIO – WUNC npr.org/2017/08/24/545757890/82nd-airborne-division-celebrates-its-100th-anniversary

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“It didn’t make any sense. I was a fat Jewish kid from New York. I was the kid who was picked on in high school. I was the kid who didn’t play any sports. I was afraid of heights. What was I doing in the 82nd? I didn’t belong there.

But, I had a great squad leader. He made me realize I could actually do stuff by just doing it harder than anyone else. I realized that if I pushed myself hard enough I could be the same as the guy who grew up an athlete or the guy who was born to jump out of planes or the guy who grew up tough. I had to work harder than they did, but I could meet the same standards. In the end, being an All American Paratrooper was the best and the hardest thing I ever did. Every day I was in the 82nd was exhausting for me.

When I left the 82nd, I got back to New York City and was living in my folks basement. This was back in ‘96 when the internet was new. I didn’t really know anything about the internet but I saw there was opportunity. I said ‘I survived the 82nd, I can figure this out.’ I taught myself the internet. Then I taught myself IT. I got a job in downtown New York. I never planned to be in business for myself, but I did well at my first firm and thought ‘I can run all this myself.’ So, I started consulting for small businesses. Everything that I learned in the 82nd about paying attention to detail, about inspections, all of that came naturally to me and I kept growing in the business.

I started doing cybersecurity for energy companies. Then finance companies. I wanted to keep it small, but I found out my wife likes money [laughs]. So, I went to big companies and said ‘look, don’t just bring me on for consulting, outsource your entire IT infrastructure to me.’ I got a reputation and my company kept growing and growing. It still is. What I do is really cool but I’m finding that it’s only cool to people like me [laughs].”

Jonathan Schwam, 1992 - 1995, Sergeant. Mr. Schwam is the owner and principal architect of Core 82 Inc., an information technology consulting firm based in New York City. Mr. Schwam named his company after the core values of the 82nd Airborne Division that he applied to be a success. Mr. Schwam now uses his platform to hire All American Paratroopers departing military service.

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Walter's Way won the Literary Classics and Children's Literary Classics (CLC) 
Lumen Award for Literary Excellence

Gold Award for College Audience Inspirational/Visionary

          Gold Award for High School Audience - Nonfiction

THE LITERARY CLASSICS STORY

Literary Classics and Children's Literary Classics (CLC) Book Awards and Reviews were created by Taj Mahal Publishing Inc., a division of Wildflower Press and publishers of Mud Pie Parenting Magazine, a Midwestern publication. When the editors of Taj Mahal Publishing first set out to help promote excellence in children's literature, they discovered the challenges in sorting through all the children's books on the market. With the insurgence of books being released through the self-publishing market, it became increasingly apparent that now, more than ever, parents were in need of resources to help filter through all the books available to children and young adults. Literary Classics Book Awards and Reviews were created for two reasons . . . to help authors gain recognition for their work and to help parents find the best in literature for children and young adults.

Literary Classics continues to honor excellence in literature for children and young adults with their annual awards program. All books submitted for consideration are first submitted to the Literary Classics Review Department where reviewers score each book based upon a 100 point judging rubric. Books that score 80 points or higher are forwarded on to the judges for consideration in the annual book awards.

The Literary Classics Mission:

At Literary Classics, it is our mission to honor excellence in children's and young adult literature, thereby encouraging a passion for reading while promoting education, imagination and character in young readers.

The Latin text on the Literary Classics awards seal affirms the Literary Classics Mission Statement. Loosely translated, it states that classic literature is: The key to knowledge and creativity while promoting strong core values.

 

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Literary Classics is pleased to announce that the book Walter’s Way, by Walter Scherr, has been selected to receive the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.  The CLC Seal of Approval is a designation reserved for those books which uphold the rigorous criteria set forth by the Literary Classics review committee, a team comprised of individuals with backgrounds in publishing, editing, writing, illustration and graphic design.

Walter Scherr grew up in Queens, New York during the depression.  He, along with the buddies he'd known since childhood, couldn't wait to enlist in the army as part of their patriotic duty.  But after taking the required physical Walter was diagnosed with Tuberculosis, a life-threatening and highly contagious illness.  He spent the next seven years in quarantine fighting the dreaded disease while his friends were off fighting in the war.  After finally being released with a clean bill of health he went on to become a successful and highly influential business man.  His road to success was riddled with speed bumps and detours.  But with a strong sense of purpose, high ideals, and a willingness to learn, he had a tremendous impact in the U.S. and abroad, making positive changes that are still causing ripples in how businesses operate today.  This a compelling story that will encourage and inspire readers of all ages.  Walter's Way is highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

Literary Classics, an organization dedicated to furthering excellence in literature for young readers, takes great pride in its role to help promote classic literature which appeals to youth while educating and encouraging positive values in the impressionable young minds of future generations.   To learn more about Literary Classics, you may visit their website at www.clcawards.org or www.childrensliteraryclassics.com

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FACES OF THE 82ND

"The All American Paratrooper is the greatest Soldier alive.

1962. We went into Mississippi - the entire Division - to protect James Meredith when he integrated into the University of Mississippi. When it was all over they asked President Kennedy: 'Sir, why did you have to send the 82nd Airborne Division to get one man into college?' He said 'This is an important job. When you want your job done right you send your best. The best this country has is the 82nd Airborne Division.' I was there. That was the day I made Sergeant Major.

I still say to this day there ain't no Division that comes close. Trust me, I know all the others. I know how they train. I know what they do. I been watchin'.

Leadership principles. Leadership plans. PT. Hard training. They just do all that stuff better. Always have.

When I met President Trump I said 'Sir, I am Command Sergeant Major Rock Merritt and I represent the 82nd Airborne Division. Sooner or later, in all probability, you will need the 82nd Airborne Division. They will be ready.' He shook my hand and said 'Thanks, Rock. I know they will be.'"

Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Kenneth "Rock" Merritt, 1942 - 1977. Rock jumped into Normandy and secured Hill 131 on D-Day and then jumped into Nijmegen and went on to fight in the Battle of the Bulge. He would go on to serve in Operation Power Pack and the Vietnam War. In July 1944, General Ridgway presented Rock Merritt with a Silver Star for valor earned while fighting near La Cuiroterie, France.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/82ndAssociation/ 82nd Airborne Division Association Facebook page

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Inspiring Life Story For All

By Louis Horowitz on July 3, 2015
Walters Way, a vista through a window in the author’s mind. Told with such clarity that it was like walking in his shoes, with all the sights and sounds of his experience. Rags to riches stories have nothing on Walters Way. He delivers with such insight, living conditions that at times many would have thrown in the towel. His fortune is found by his perseverance and integrity. His successes are born from his entrepreneurship’s, newsboy to CEO and now a philanthropist. I personally don’t travel as much as I’d like. As time I spent reading Walters Way he took me around the globe on his adventures. It’s with great pleasure and admiration that I can recommend this book to everyone who is looking and yearning for inspiration.
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By steven hirsch on June 30, 2015 Amazon Readers Review
If you enjoy inspiring auto biographies Walters Way is a must read. Tom Brokaw describes this time era as the finest generation and is hard to disagree. Walter takes us back to a time where life was both simpler and much harder. His journey begins in ozone park just another family trying their best to survive day to day. A staggering blow is dealt while enlisting for WW II , making the odds of Walter having any success quite improbable never mind living through this ordeal.
Overcoming unimaginable living conditions, Walter survives and begins his entry to the business world, where we follow a career that is breathtaking. His rapid rise in the corporate world is only exceeded by the entrepreneurial drive he shows latter in his career. His drive and spirit take him to places one would never imagine. Anybody who has ever raised money or has been an investor will identify strongly with the ups and downs of being a deal-maker. In this regard Walter was a bit ahead of his time. Younger generations will enjoy seeing what it takes and can learn much from this world class schmoozer from Queens.
You've got to admire somebody who stays in the same house for 50+ years preferring the simpler lifestyle of friends and family rather then mansions and country clubs. Walter has simple core values that still resonate in today's world.
Much to be learned and admired in this book. making sure my son reads it. Highly recommend .
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100% OF PROCEEDS FOR CHARITIES

Walter has been profiled in Fortune Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and  Newsday. He is a career businessman who participated in the tech boom of the 1990s, produced a Hollywood film, and helped set up a successful oil & gas company with his sons.

Inspired by a meeting with Mother Teresa — who told him to always “honor the caretakers” –, he has long been a philanthropist, and through the Vera and Walter and Scherr Foundation all proceeds from this book will be for the benefit of The Center for Discovery.

When people ask Walter what it takes to be happy, his response is always the same:

First, a moral code to follow.

Second, a cause to serve, and

Third, a goal to believe in.

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