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2016 Salute to Service Gala

  • DC - Salute to Service 2016 Gala


November 19, 2016

Hilton McLean Tysons Corner
7920 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, VA 22102

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

The Salute to Service Gala will be held at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner in McLean, VA on Saturday, November 19. The annual black-tie tribute is the largest fundraising event of the year. 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.

In honor of the 75th anniversary of America entering World War II, this year we will be theming the evening with vintage photography, video and entertainment from the war and illustrating the importance of our country’s Greatest Generation.

Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Click here.

VIP Reception: 5 - 6:30 p.m.

General Reception: 6:30 - 10 p.m.

Attire is Black Tie or Mess Dress.

Guests can use this link to get our special rate at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner if they wish to stay overnight.

To receive this rate, please reserve your room by November 4.


Lifetime of Service Honoree – Norman Augustine

Lifetime of Service Honoree – Norman Augustine

Norman Augustine is the retired Chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation and former member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology under Presidents Clinton and G W Bush. Norman served as president of Lockheed Martin Corporation upon the formation of that company in 1995, and became CEO later that year. He retired as chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin in August 1997. He also served as Chairman and Principal Officer of the American Red Cross for nine years. Norman has been presented with numerous awards. He was presented with the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States and received the Joint Chiefs of Staff Distinguished Public Service Award. He has five times received the Department of Defense’s highest civilian decoration, the Distinguished Service Medal.

Read more about Norman here.

Tiffany Circle Distinguished Woman Warrior Award – Jaspen Boothe

Tiffany Circle Distinguished Woman Warrior Award – Jaspen Boothe

Jaspen Boothe is a Chicago native, disabled Army veteran, cancer survivor and author who gave 15 years of service to this great nation. She deployed during the Operation Iraq Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom campaigns and her military career has been dedicated to working with and advocating for soldiers and their family members. Jaspen also founded Final Salute Inc. in November 2010 as part of her commitment to "Never Leave a Fallen Comrade." Final Salute Inc. has assisted over 2000 women, veterans and children in over 30 states and territories. Jaspen has won countless awards for her leadership and community impact.

Read more about Jaspen here.

Exceptional Service Award Honoree - Michèle Flournoy

Exceptional Service Award Honoree - Michèle Flournoy

Michèle Flournoy is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). She served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from February 2009 to February 2012. She was the principal adviser to the Secretary of Defense in the formulation of national security and defense policy, oversight of military plans and operations, and in National Security Council deliberations. She led the development of DoD’s 2012 Strategic Guidance and represented the Department in dozens of foreign engagements, in the media and before Congress.

Read more about Michèle here.


2016 Salute to Service Gala Committee

  • Rebecca Shambaugh: President & CEO, Shambaugh Leadership
  • Doug VanDyke: General Manager, Civilian Government & Nonprofits, Amazon Web Services

  • Charo Abrams: RSVP Catering
  • Sarah Abdow: Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Karla Bousquet: IBM Corporation
  • Sean Breslin: AvalonBay Communities
  • Cheryl Campbell: CGI
  • Amy Caro: Northrop Grumman Information Systems
  • Patti Cochran: iHeartMedia
  • Patrice D’Eramo-Flack: Cisco
  • Richard Duvall: Holland & Knight
  • Patty Horoho: Accenture
  • Renee Bailey Iacona: AstraZeneca
  • Anna Maria Larsen: Lumenis Partners, LLC
  • Deana Mary: PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • Jim Maiwurm: Squire Patton Boggs
  • Major General Carl McNair
  • Tammy Moore: American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces
  • Bruce Schutte: Wine Pro Tours
  • Jim Sheaffer: Sheaffer and Associates
  • Kathy Viola: Capital Compliance

Past Chairs:
  • Teresa Carlson: Amazon Web Services
  • Joe Berger: Hilton Worldwide
  • JR Clark: Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP
  • Gigi Schumm: AGS Group
  • Rebecca Shambaugh: Shambaugh Leadership
  • Jim Sheaffer: Sheaffer and Associates


Interested in becoming a sponsor? Click here for details!

Platinum Sponsor

2016 Salute to Service Gala - Sponsors

Norman R. and Margareta E. Augustine

DC National Capital - Salute to Service Gala - ICF

Gold Sponsor

2016 Salute to Service Gala - Sponsors
DC National Capital - Salute to Service Gala - Pyramid Systems

Silver Sponsors

2016 Salute to Service Gala - Sponsors
Red Cross Washington DC - Salute to Service Gala Sponsor - Interactive Government Logo
DC National Capital - Salute to Service Gala - JP Morgan
2016 Salute to Service Gala - Sponsors
2016 Salute to Service Gala - Sponsors


In conjunction with the Salute to Service Gala, a wine and networking auction will be held to benefit your American Red Cross in the National Capital Region. We hope you will support the American Red Cross by donating wine, a wine experience, and a special networking opportunity to this year’s auction. For more information, click here. Deadline for submission of items is Friday, October 28, 2016.

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.

For more information about the auction or to contribute an item, please contact Richard Algra.


Emcee: Barbara Starr

Emcee: Barbara Starr

Barbara Starr is CNN’s Pentagon correspondent, based in Washington, D.C. Starr provides viewers with the latest national security news each day from the Pentagon, working her sources to report on the military campaigns against ISIS, investigations in terror attacks and military and intelligence operations. Starr appears regularly on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, New Day and other shows across the network regularly breaking big news and delivering exclusive coverage on the U.S. military and political situation on a global scale.

Read more about Barbara here.

Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD

National Anthem: Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. is the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In that role he oversees the work of the largest supporter of biomedical research in the world, spanning the spectrum from basic to clinical research.

Dr. Collins is a physician-geneticist noted for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the international Human Genome Project, which culminated in April 2003 with the completion of a finished sequence of the human DNA instruction book. He served as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the NIH from 1993-2008.

Dr. Collins’ own research laboratory has discovered a number of important genes, including those responsible for cystic fibrosis, neurofibromatosis, Huntington's disease, a familial endocrine cancer syndrome, and most recently, genes for type 2 diabetes, and the gene that causes Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome, a rare condition that causes premature aging.

Dr. Collins received a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Virginia, a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Yale University, and an M.D. with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to coming to the NIH in 1993, he spent nine years on the faculty of the University of Michigan, where he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Collins was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2007 and the National Medal of Science in 2009.

The Kaleidoscope Orchestra

The Kaleidoscope Orchestra

The Kaleidoscope Orchestra is a 17-piece big band with an optional vocalist; consisting of a sax section, a trombone section, a trumpet section, and a rhythm section of piano, bass, drums, and guitar. Founded in 1979, The Kaleidoscope Orchestra played mainly concerts and gigs through the 1980's, and eventually became the house dance band at Bolling Air Force Base Officers' Club in the early to mid 1990's, pleasing its audiences of dancers and diners once and sometimes twice a weekend.

Click here to hear some of their music.

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