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The event raised money for the Knights of Hero’s Camp benefiting children of fallen U.S. soldiers

June 5, 2018 – Danvers, MA –  Mortgage Network, Inc., one of the largest independent mortgage lenders in the eastern U.S., sponsored a recent fundraising event that featured two American soldiers who participated in the battle that inspired the 2001 war film “Black Hawk Down.” The event, which was presented by the Longmeadow, MA Veteran Services, was held on Friday, May 18.

Retired Army Chief Warrant Officer Gerry Izzo spoke about his incredible pilot experience during the Battle of Mogadishu, the day-long fight in Somalia’s capital city in 1993 upon which the 2001 film is based on. Local hero and surprise guest SGT Peter R. Squeglia Jr. described his impressive involvement as part of the 75th ranger regiment on the ground. Following the presentation, everyone gathered at Nathan Bill’s TJS Banquet Hall in Springfield, MA for a meet and greet with the soldiers.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to Knights of Hero’s Camp, a charity for children of fallen U.S. soldiers. The money will be donated in honor of Lt. Colonel Morris (Moose) Fontenot, an Air Force pilot and Longmeadow resident who was killed in a plane crash near Deerfield Valley, Virginia, in 2014.

“I was honored to learn about the grave danger these veterans faced and the ultimate sacrifice some of them made, said Mary T Quesnel, a Mortgage Network employee who attended the event. “I am proud to be an American. What they do for our country is truly amazing.”

“We were proud to sponsor this event to support such a deserving local charity that benefits children in our community,” said Brian Koss, executive vice president of Mortgage Network. “We thank all of our employees, their families and our clients who made this event a great success.”

Based in Danvers, Massachusetts, Mortgage Network is celebrating its 30th year in business this year.  The company has now grown to over 400 employees, with 40 branch offices licensed in 27 states. The company provides a full array of residential mortgage products, from conventional to non-conventional loans, FHA and VA loans, mortgage refinancing, to reverse mortgages and more.  Mortgage Network is more focused and agile than many larger competitors, which allows the company to provide a high level of service to its customers and its business and referral partners.

About Mortgage Network
Mortgage Network, Inc. is one of the largest, privately held independent mortgage companies in the Eastern U.S. region, with more than 40 branch offices and licenses in 27 states. The company offers a flexible menu of agency direct, portfolio and jumbo solutions and is backed by its proprietary, award-winning technology and a commitment to help mortgage professionals grow their business. Year after year, more than 98 percent of Mortgage Network customers and referral sources say they would recommend the company to family and friends. Based in Danvers, Massachusetts, Mortgage Network was founded in 1988 by Robert McInnes and can be found online at and on Twitter at