Salute to Service Gala 2014

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October 18, 2014

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Mariott Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Road NW Washington, DC 20008

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Please join the American Red Cross to salute the service of committed men and women in the military and our community who help prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies.

Salute to Service will be held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The celebration is the largest fundraising event of the year for the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region. Funds raised are transformed into services delivered every day in our community. Hundreds of military, government, corporate and community leaders join together for an inspirational evening that supports the programs of the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region.

For event related questions and media inquiries, please contact Cheryl Kravitz.

Watch the Video

Comcast Newsmakers video of Host Yolanda Vazquez and J. R. Clark, (Co-Chair to Salute Serive Gala) as they discuss the upcoming Gala that will take place October 18th, from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM at the Marriott Wardman Park.


National Capital - Salute to Service Gala - Outstanding Volunteer Award - John McHugh

Lifetime of Service Honoree - John M. McHugh

John Michael McHugh is the 21st United States Secretary of the Army and a former representative from New York, who represented the state's 23rd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. As Secretary of the Army, he has statutory responsibility for all matters relating to the United States Army: manpower, personnel, reserve affairs, installations, environmental issues, weapons systems and equipment acquisition, communications, and financial management.

National Capital - Salute to Service Gala - Outstanding Volunteer Award - Charlene Jarvis

Exceptional Service Award - The Honorable Charlene Drew Jarvis

Dr. Charlene Drew Jarvis has a long storied history with the American Red Cross. Her father, Dr. Charles Drew, a surgeon and researcher, gave the medical world some of its basic knowledge about blood storage and plasma, still in use today at the American Red Cross. Dr. Jarvis served as president of Southeastern University and was elected six times to the Council of the District of Columbia. Dr. Jarvis has been a leadership volunteer with the American Red Cross and even served as auctioneer at the Salute to Service!

National Capital - Salute to Service Gala - Outstanding Volunteer Award - Patricia Horoho

Tiffany Circle 2014 Distinguished Woman Warrior - Lieutenant General Patricia D. Horoho, Army Surgeon General and Commander, U.S. Army Medical Command

Lieutenant General Patricia D. Horoho assumed command of the U.S. Army Medical Command on December 5, 2011 and was later sworn in as the 43rd Army Surgeon General. LTG Horoho has held every level of leadership in Army Medicine to include positions as Deputy Surgeon General; Chief of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps; Commander, Western Regional Medical Command; Commander, Madigan Army Medical Center; Commander, Walter Reed Health Care System and Commander, DeWitt Health Care Network. She served as Special Assistant to the Commander, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, Afghanistan.

National Capital - Salute to Service Gala - Outstanding Volunteer Award - Dr. Inge Guen

Outstanding Volunteer Award - Dr. Inge Guen

Dr. Inge Guen is a clinical psychologist and leader of the Creative Arts Program of the Services to the Armed Forces unit of the American Red Cross at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, where she works with the wounded warriors as they recover from their injuries, physical and mental, and prepare for a very challenging future. Dr. Guen is a member of the American Red Cross – National Capital Region Tiffany Circle Society of Women Leaders.


national capital - salute to service gala - Jake Tapper

Jake Tapper

CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper joined the network in January 2013. His one-hour weekday program, The Lead with Jake Tapper, debuted in March 2013. The program seeks to examine and advance stories that demonstrate Tapper’s own curiosities and interests with headlines from around the country and the globe, from politics to money, and sports to popular culture. Tapper has been a widely-respected reporter in the nation’s capital for more than 14 years. His most recent book, The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, debuted in the top 10 on The New York Times best seller list.

national capital - salute to service gala - Rebecca Cooper

Rebecca Cooper

ABC7/WJLA-TV News reporter and WASHINGTON BUSINESS REPORT anchor Rebecca Cooper has been based in Washington for the last three decades, covering the world of politics, national security and finance from the White House, Capitol Hill and the major federal agencies. She is the recipient of several journalism awards, including the Peabody, DuPont, Murrow, Cable Ace and Emmy awards. Rebecca returned to public service, during her tenure as Chief of Staff to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson. Rebecca serves on the Greater Washington Area Advisory Board for Childhelp, one of the nation’s leading nonprofits dedicated to the treatment and prevention of child abuse. She has been part of the American Red Cross Partners in Preparedness program.

VIP Reception Emcee: TBA


Red Cross National Capital Salute to Service Co-Chair J.R. Clark

J.R. Clark, Partner, Squire Paton Boggs

J.R. Clark focuses his practice on public finance. He has extensive experience as bond counsel and underwriters’ counsel on a variety of tax exempt and taxable borrowings including revenue bonds for the benefit of 501(c)(3) organizations and corporations operating in enterprise zones, governmental obligations structured as tax increment financings, certificates of participation and payments in lieu of taxes. He also represents his clients’ interests before legislative and other governmental bodies. He was named part of the Legal Elite for 2009 by the readership of Washington SmartCEO.

Red Cross National Capital Salute to Service Co-Chair Donna Cooper

Donna Cooper, President, Pepco Region, Pepco Holdings, LLC

Donna Cooper is the primary executive responsible for engaging stakeholder relations with state and local officials, community leaders, and business, consumer and nonprofit organizations within the Pepco region. In that capacity, she plays a critical role in shaping policy and managing issues to deliver value to customers and key stakeholders. She has been with Pepco for more than five years. For the past three years, she has served as region vice president, District of Columbia, responsible for managing relationships with the District of Columbia government, business organizations and community leaders; developing and implementing strategies for legislative and regulatory policy and testifying before the Council of the District of Columbia.

Chairman of the Board, American Red Cross in the National Capital Region
Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Global Public Sector, Amazon Web Services
Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross in the National Capital Region
Linda C. Mathes
  • Simone Acha
  • Doug Beck, ICF International
  • Amy Caro, Northrop Grumman Information Systems
  • Diane Casey-Landry, Founder, Managing Director, DCL Banking Advisors, LLC
  • Susan B. Chodakewitz, Tetra Tech AMT
  • Meryl Clark, CMP, Senior Marketing/Events Manager, AT&T Government Solutions
  • Abby Fenton, WJLA
  • Chuck Harris, Pyramid Systems
  • Juan Carlos Iturregui, Dentons, LLP
  • Maud Iturregui
  • Goldy Kamali, FedScoop (acceptance pending)
  • Dale Koepenick, Chair, Tiffany Circle, National Capital Region
  • Carl Mayfield, RLJ Lodging Trust
  • Carl H. McNair, Jr., Major General, US Army (Ret.),
  • Tammy Moore, American Red Cross National Leadership Council, Service to the Armed Forces
  • Heather Penney, Major, DC Air National Guard (Ret.), Director, United States Air Force
  • Superiority Programs, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
  • Donna Rattley Washington, Comcast
  • Marin Reynes, American Red Cross, Service to the Armed Forces, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda
  • Rebecca (Becky) Shambaugh, President and CEO, SHAMBAUGH
  • Gigi Schumm, (past Gala Chair)
  • Jim Sheaffer, (past Gala Chair)
  • Joyce Shields, Chair, American Red Cross Regional Philanthropy Committee
  • Michael Spencer, Vangarde Strategies, LLC
  • Allison White Vadhan
Past Gala Chairs:
Nancy Peery Marriott (Founding Chair)
Teresa Carlson
Kay Kapoor
Fernando Murias
Gigi Schumm
Jim Sheaffer
Todd Stottlemeyer


Kenneth Kellogg

National Anthem: Kenneth Kellogg

Standing at 6’5”, bass Kenneth Kellogg has been praised for his “commanding stage presence” and “vocal prowess.” He is an alum of the Domingo-Cafritz Emerging Artist Program. With Washington National Opera, his roles include Lord Rochefort in Donizetti’s Anna Bolenna and Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the Emerging Artist cast. Mr. Kellogg was born and raised in Washington, D.C. He used his high school musical studies at the Duke Ellington School of Performing and Visual Arts as a springboard, continuing his training at Ohio University (BM) and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

The NFL Players Choir

The NFL Players Choir

The NFL Players Choir is the ONLY all NFL Players choir in the world! The choir made its debut in 2008 in Phoenix, AZ, Super Bowl XLII, with more than 40 NFL players under the direction of Grammy Award-winning gospel artist Donnie McClurkin. Choir members are both active and former NFL players and have included Super Bowl Champions, Pro-Bowlers, Hall of Famers, All-Pros, team MVPs, and even a Heisman Trophy Winner.

Sponsor Salute

Sponsorship of Salute to Service is an excellent opportunity for your organization to show its support for the Red Cross and be recognized as a community leader in the National Capital Region. To learn more about how to become a Salute to Service Sponsor, please click here to download our 2014 Sponsor Book or contact Jamie Kors at

Thank you to our current sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

VIP Reception Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors




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Silent Auction

Salute to Service is going electronic again this year! You will be able to bid from anywhere at the gala during the evening’s festivities using your own smartphone or one of BidPal’s handheld devices. Please plan to join us and make sure to bring your smartphone! NEW THIS YEAR – you are now able to preview our Live Auction Packages before the Gala and bid on our silent auction items by visiting SaluteToService14. New auction items are being added each week!

For more information about the silent auction or to contribute an item, please contact Jordan Ritchie.