Ropes & Gray presents

Healing on the Fly: Boston

An evening in support of the veterans we serve

Join us for the 2nd Annual Healing on the Fly – Boston on October 23, 2018 presented by Ropes & Gray.  This special evening in support of the veterans we serve will feature a cocktail hour with silent auction, seated dinner, a short program featuring special guest speakers as well as a live auction with many unique specialty items.

All proceeds from the events go towards providing the thousands of injured and disabled veterans we serve annually with the support they need on their journeys to recovery.


Dates: Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Time:  6:00 pm Cocktails  |  7:00 pm Dinner

Address: The Seaport World Trade Center

Sponsorship Opportunities

Presenting Sponsor: 

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$20,000 Event Sponsor

Sponsorship at this level allows ten veterans to experience a premier fishing destination inside the U.S.

  • Reserved seating for 15 guests
    • Sponsor may request option to enjoy priority seating with PHWFF veterans
  • Major listing in all press, in event program, PHWFF website and social media
  • Prominent space in written event program reserved for Event Sponsor ad
  • Verbal recognition during event

$10,000 National Trip Sponsor

Sponsorship at this level allows five veterans to experience a premier fishing destination inside the U.S.

  • Reserved seating for 10 guests
    • Sponsor may request option to enjoy priority seating with PHWFF veterans
  • Major listing in event program, PHWFF website and social media
  • Space in written event program
  • Verbal recognition during the event

$5,000 Program Sponsor

Sponsorship at this level supports activities and day trips for one Program for a full year

  • Reserved seating for 6 guests
  • Prominent listing in event program, PHWFF website and social media
  • Verbal recognition during event

$2,500 Equipment Sponsor

Sponsorship at this level sponsors equipment costs in a program for a full year

  • Reserved seating for 4 guests
  • Prominent listing in event program, PHWFF website and social media

$1,000 Tournament Competition Sponsor

Sponsorship at this level sponsors one veteran in a national tournament fishing experience

  • Reserved seating for 2 guests
  • Listing in event program

Individual Ticket Opportunities

$100 –  General Admission

Contact Tiffany Goudie at


The Healing on the Fly – Boston online auction is now open!

All proceeds go to support the recovery and rehabilitation of the thousands of disabled veterans served annually by PHWFF programs nationwide.

The online auction will close on Tuesday evening October 23, 2018.


Michael May, U.S. Navy (ret)

Michael May was born in Hackensack, New Jersey.  He attended Pequannock Township and graduated in 1971. Michael then enlisted in the U.S. Navy in August 1971.  He completed Nuclear Power Operators training in 1973 and was assigned to USS Sam Houston.  In 1975 Michael was selected for the NESEP program.  Later he graduated from Rutgers University in 1978, with a degree in Nuclear Engineering and then was assigned to USS Silversides upon completion of training and was qualified to work on submarines.  Employed by Portsmouth Naval Shipyard upon completion of naval service, Michael performed duties as Nuclear Chief Test Engineer for numerous submarine maintenance periods.  He later retired in 2010. Michael loves to volunteer and since his retirement has kept busy with FFI certified casting instruction, being a registered Marine guide, a Licenses New York State guide, and guide staff for Orvis, Rio, Sage, Simms and Patagonia.

Michael has a love for volunteering as he is a Boy Scout Fly Fishing Merit Badge counselor and volunteers at The Trout Unlimited Trout Camp.  He joined Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing in 2010 after retirement and, after being a part of the program, volunteered to be the Program Lead for Togus VAMC in 2017.

Michael stated: “PHWFF is mainstay of life for me. The challenges of the program help me to rise above my issues and drives me to make it better for all disabled veterans. Working with volunteers helping them to reach others is paramount to me. PHWFF has re-centered me during some of the darkest periods of life. The contribution and difference made by sharing fellow veterans the beauty of fly fishing gives them a piece of me. That connection with them means everything to me”

Sabrina Beganny, U.S. Army (ret)

Sabrina Beganny grew up in a small town in Maine. She was raised in a family where hunting, fishing and the outdoors were a way of life. Her family owned a small bait and tackle shop where as a child, she looked on as her father made his own fly-rods and tied all his own flies with pride. As Sabrina entered her teenage years, she lost touch with that way of life. After graduating from high school she completed a couple years of college and then accepted a position with a major retail company in San Francisco. She was happy but always felt like there was something missing.

Sabrina yearned for values and character stronger than she’d ever known in herself. In 2001, she entered a recruiting office in Oakland, CA and enlisted in the U.S. Army to become a medical specialist with additional training to become a physical therapy assistant and to continue to grow in that field. (91BN9)

She did her basic training at Ft. Leonardwood, MO and did her medical training at Ft. Sam Houston, TX. She spent most of her time in, working at Brooke Army Medical Center in many different areas. One being the burn unit in which she helped in the rehabilitation of injured soldiers. This experience left a mark on Sabrina that she will never forget. During her time stationed at Ft. Sam, Sabrina was diagnosed with a bone condition that was uncommon for somebody her age. Doctors believe it to be caused by physical trauma from training, which went misdiagnosed for quite some time. Due to her inability to compete with her peers because of the physical limitations she now had, Sabrina was eventually medically discharged.

Leaving the Army was not in Sabrina’s plan. She thought she had her future mapped out. Sabrina moved back home to Maine to continue to work through her physical struggles. Her dream of being a PT for the military had come to an end. Sabrina’s health condition affected all areas of her life.

The trauma from the condition and surgery left her with intense chronic pain. She struggled to withstand the physical demands of work and school. Sabrina had a hard time coping with these new limitations. She was unable to partake in activities that once brought her joy. These factors contributed to a long road of depression and anxiety.

Through various therapies, Sabrina has now learned excellent coping skills so that she is able to find joy once again and to be active with her family. She was eventually able to graduate with a BA in Wellness and Sport Management. Her hopes are to help others like herself learn ways to be lead a meaningful and happy life while living with physical limitations.

In 2014 Sabrina tagged along with her husband on a fishing trip. She would normally just look on
and watch her husband fish, admiring the peace that came over him, but never understanding how he could stand in that stream all day long without getting restless. One particular evening, just as the sun was setting and the salmon began to rise, she didn’t have any waders on, so as to not get wet her husband carried her out to a rock in the middle of the stream, put the fly rod in her hands and in that moment memories of her childhood and father came flooding back. With that glimpse into the world of fly fishing, Sabrina began to seek out ways to keep that feeling alive.

During a trip to the VA for a routine doctors appointment, Sabrina noticed a poster for PHWFF. It was like the universe had placed it there just for her to see that day. She was a bit nervous to go,
not sure how well she would fit in or be accepted. Sabrina always struggled with her title as a “Veteran”, because she felt that her short time in the service hardly warranted the esteemed title. How could she be categorized with those that truly risked their lives for our nation and it’s causes. She got the courage to attend her first meeting and was pleasantly surprised at how all the veterans and volunteers in the program were so welcoming. Each one of the members shaking her hand and letting her know how happy they were that she made the decision to come. This was the beginning of a healing inside of her she did not expect.

Project Healing Waters has greatly contributed to Sabrina’s recovery in that it has enhanced her life by filling her with new purpose and friendship. The program has taught Sabrina to use nature as a platform for healing. “Fly fishing kind of changed my perspective in what I wanted in life, it feels like home, a mixture of comfort, peace and hope. This feeling became my way of connecting with and remembering my father and the love for the outdoors the he instilled in me early on in my life, that I thought was lost forever.”

Sabrina plans to continue to be apart of PHWFF and thinks of the participants in her group as family. She strives to be a strong role model and to ultimately make a difference every day. Her hopes for the future are to teach and inspire others about the joy and peace that comes from being in the stream and the healing that fly fishing can bring, the way Project Healing Waters has done and continues to do for her.

Col. Todd Desgrosseilliers, USMC (ret)

Todd DesgrosseillersTodd is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and infantry officer with 31 years of service to our Nation.  A native of Auburn, Maine, he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1985 and attained the rank of Sergeant before becoming an infantry officer.  He commanded at each rank and most recently served as the Commanding Officer, The Basic School from 2012 to 2014. He also served as the Commanding Officer, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines from 2005 to 2007 – deploying the Battalion to Iraq in 2006-2007, where they conducted counter-insurgency operations in Ramadi and Fallujah. Previously, he served as the Executive Officer for 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines – deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004-2005.  During this deployment he fought in Operation Al FAJR in Fallujah, Iraq where he was wounded several times in close quarters combat with the enemy.  He is also a veteran of numerous other operations and 11 unit deployments overseas.

He is a graduate of the Marine Corps Scout-Sniper Instructor Course; the Marine Corps Summer Mountain Leaders’ Course; Amphibious Warfare School; and the Marine Corps Command and Staff College. He also completed the National Security Fellowship at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2008. He holds a Bachelors degree in history from Boston University and a Masters degree in military science from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College.

Todd is married to the former Christiana Drake. They have a daughter Katherine, and two sons, Todd and Michael.   His personal military decorations include the Silver Star Medal, two Bronze Star Medals both with Valor Devices, two Purple Heart Medals, two Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.  Todd is also the 1990 recipient of the 1990 Boston Semper Fidelis Society’s Leadership Award.  In June 2006, Todd received “an expression of sentiment” from the Maine State Legislature “for gallantry in action against the enemy of the United States.”  In 2007, Todd was selected as the “Maine Hero” for the Department of Defense’s “50 Heroes of the 50 States” Program.  He is also the 2009 recipient of the Business Executives for National Security Leadership Award.

Todd developed a love for fly fishing growing up in Maine chasing its abundant native brook trout and landlocked salmon in its numerous lakes and streams.  Todd reconnected with fly fishing after joining the Project Healing Waters’ Fly Fishing program at Fort Belvoir, Virginia upon the recommendation of his physical therapist in March 2015.  As a participant and volunteer, Todd recognized the remarkable physical and emotional transformation that the Project Healing Waters Program initiated for him and for his fellow participants and he decided that he wanted to join its exceptional team after his medical retirement from the military in 2016.