Save the Sullivans Update

USS The Sullivans (DD-537) a 78-year-old Fletcher-Class destroyer that saw action in World War II, the Korean War, and the Cold War is a major attraction at the Buffalo Naval Park. In February of 2021, damage to the ship’s hull resulted in leaks that put the ship in danger of sinking. In response to this, we launched a special fundraising campaign, Save The Sullivans, to raise the $1,000,000 needed to complete the repairs.

Last month on August 25th, we hosted a press conference at the Naval Park where an update on the campaign was given. We were proud to announce that $535,000 had been raised, which is just over the half way mark to our one million dollar goal.

The press conference also marked the first day that divers, special equipment, and barges were onsite and working on the ship’s fragile hull. Paul Marzello, President and CEO for the Buffalo Naval Park, commented that it was a huge relief to see divers in the water. The work is being performed by BIDCO Marine Group, a locally owned specialty marine contractor. Stop by the park this month and next month to see them working on the ship!

Thank you to our Campaign Co-Captains Douglas Jemal and Kelly Sullivan for their hard work and dedication to Save The Sullivans. Additional thank you to the people of Buffalo and Western New York for your donations and efforts to help support the campaign.

We’d also like to thank those from different regions who donated to our campaign, as we received donations from 28 states and 7 countries. Your support makes a tremendous impact and none of this would be possible without you.

Now, as we approach the final stage for our campaign, we hope to reach our one million dollar goal by the end of October. Contributions to the Save the Sullivans campaign can be made securely online at SAVETHESULLIVANS.ORG or by mailing to Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, ATTN: Save the Sullivans, One Naval Park Cove, Buffalo, New York, 14202, or by calling the park directly at 716-847-1773, EXT 10.

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