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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

Thank you to those who joined us at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner on November 19th for the 2016 Salute to Service Gala to help honor and celebrate the service of the men, women and families in the military and our community who help prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.

In case you missed any of the evening, you can catch the video that was shown here.

We appreciate your support of the Red Cross and helping us to carry out our mission every day.

For sponsorship and general inquires, contact Lisa Futterman.


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


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VIP Reception Sponsor

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Platinum Sponsor

2016 Salute to Service Gala - Sponsors
DC National Capital - Salute to Service Gala - AT&T

Norman R. and Margareta E. Augustine

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Pepco, an Exelon Company

Gold Sponsor

Clark Charitable Foundation

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Silver Sponsors

Salute to Service Gala - Boston Consulting
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Frank & Tricia Saul

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2016 Salute to Service Gala - Sponsors

Partners in Preparedness

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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.

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.

You can preview the silent auction items and place bids by visiting here.


Special Guest: Buzz Aldrin

Special Guest: Buzz Aldrin

Selected by NASA in 1963 into the third group of astronauts, Buzz Aldrin was the first with a doctorate and became known as “Dr. Rendezvous.” The docking and rendezvous techniques he devised for spacecraft in Earth and lunar orbit became critical to the success of the Gemini and Apollo programs, and are still used today. He pioneered underwater training techniques to simulate spacewalking. In 1966 on the Gemini 12 orbital mission, Buzz performed the world’s first successful spacewalk - extra-vehicular activity (EVA), and set a new EVA record of 5 1⁄2 hours. During that mission he also took the first ‘selfie’ in space.

On July 20, 1969, Buzz and Neil Armstrong made their historic Apollo 11 moonwalk, becoming the first two humans to set foot on another world. An estimated 600 million people - at that time, the world's largest television audience in history - witnessed this unprecedented heroic endeavor. Read more about Buzz here.

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.

Special Guest: Bonnie McElveen-Hunter

Special Guest: Bonnie McElveen-Hunter

Bonnie McElveen-Hunter is the Founder and CEO of Pace, Chairman of the Board of the American Red Cross, and a former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Finland (2001-2003). Pace, the largest independently owned custom content agency in the nation (awarded 2013 Content Marketing Agency of the Year), serves Fortune 500 and other market leading companies such as Verizon, Walmart, Wells Fargo, USAA, Southwest Airlines and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, making Ambassador McElveen-Hunter one of the nation’s most successful women entrepreneurs, ranked by Working Woman Magazine as one of the top 175 women-owned businesses in America.

Ambassador McElveen-Hunter was originally appointed as National Chairman of the Board of the American Red Cross in 2004, which marked the first time a woman has been named to that position, and she is now serving her fourth three-year term. In 2007 she co-founded The Tiffany Circle Society of Women Leaders, which has grown to include 43 Chapters nationwide. To date, all Tiffany Circle Chapters combined have raised more than $80 million dollars for the American Red Cross.

Special Guest: Koby J. Langley

Special Guest: Koby J. Langley

Mr. Langley serves as a Senior Vice President at the American Red Cross, overseeing worldwide care and support services of military family and veteran services on more than 118 Military Installations, and 100 VA Hospitals and Clinics worldwide. He previously served as the Director of Wounded Warrior, Veteran and Military Family Engagement at the White House and a member of the Department of Defense Senior Executive Service where he worked as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary and Senior Advisor for the Office of Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy. Langley has also worked as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Department of Veteran Affairs, leading strategic communication and strategic planning portfolios for offices reporting directly to the Secretary.

Langley left Active Duty in 2006, where he conducted more than 100 Foreign Claims Act and Laws of Armed Conflict missions/convoys in Iraq, and served as an Operational Law Attorney and Prosecutor for the 82d Airborne Division. He is a two-tour combat Veteran and Bronze Star recipient for meritorious service.

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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