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PRESS CONFERENCE FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2011

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MAYOKA JOINS ENGEMAN THEATER TO LAUNCH SERIES OF 'KICK OFF' EVENTS TO ASSIST LT. JAMES BYLER PRESS CONFERENCE FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2011 at The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport

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WHO: Councilman Mark Mayoka Building Homes For Huntington Heroes Committee and The John W. Engeman Theater
WHAT: "Off Broadway" Show to raise money for Building Homes For Huntington Heroes & Lt. James Byler
WHERE: John W. Engeman, Theater at Northport, 250 Main Street, Northport, NY 11768
WHEN: Friday, May 13, 2011 at 11:00am

Please join Councilman Mark Mayoka and the Town of Huntington with the John W. Engeman Theater in launching the series of 'kick off' events for Building Homes For Huntington Heroes and raising the necessary money to carry out a major renovation and to make severely injured USMC Platoon Commander, First Lt. James Byler's home handicap accessible.

Born and raised in Huntington, first Lt. James Byler, an infantry platoon Commander with the Third Battalion, 5th Marines, Camp Pendleton, California was severely injured when he stepped on an improvised explosive device while leading his platoon on a dismounted patrol in the of a narrow alley in Northern Helmand Province, one of the deadliest provinces in Afghanistan. He was brought to safety by wheelbarrow by members of his loyal platoon and later awarded a Purple Heart. Lt. James Byler sustained serious injuries, losing both legs and fingers on each hand.

Lt. James Byler demonstrates the true spirit and heart of what the United States of America represents. Despite his circumstances, Lt. Byler, who is currently at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., continues to strive towards utilizing his prosthetic legs and starting his life anew.

The Town of Huntington and the John W. Engeman Theater support Building Homes For Huntington Heroes and will launch the series of fundraising events on Friday, June 24, 2011 at an "Off Broadway" Show.