Special Guests & Entertainment

Buzz Aldrin (Invited)
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.

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Gail McGovern
Gail McGovern

Gail J. McGovern joined the American Red Cross as president and CEO in 2008, and has taken a strong leadership role at the nation’s leading emergency response and blood services organization.

Under her direction, the Red Cross has become more effective in fulfilling its mission and is better prepared to face current and future challenges. Her transformational initiatives have led to improved financial stability and have expanded the reach of lifesaving Red Cross services. McGovern has initiated extensive modernization projects at the Red Cross. Among them are an overhaul of Red Cross IT systems and the growth of the organization’s leadership in social media and mobile technologies – including the introduction of a series of free apps that put lifesaving skills at people’s fingertips during emergencies.

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Chris Ullman
Chris Ullman

Chris Ullman is a four-time national and international whistling grand champion (1994, 1996, 1999, and 2000). He has performed with orchestras, for Presidents, at major sporting events and on The Tonight Show, and whistles “Happy Birthday” 400 times a year for friends and family. His repertoire includes classical, blues, jazz, Broadway, rock and patriotic songs. In June 2017, Mr. Ullman published Find Your Whistle: Simple Gifts Tough Hearts and Change Lives, and in 2012 he was inducted into the International Whistling Hall of Fame. He is a long-time Red Cross blood donor, and is nearing his 9th gallon. By day, he is Director of Global Communications at The Carlyle Group.

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The United States Army Chorus
Army Chorus

In 1956, The U.S. Army Chorus was established as the vocal counterpart of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” and is one of the nation’s only professional men’s choruses. From its inception, The U.S. Army Chorus has established and maintained a reputation of excellence in the performance of male choral literature.

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