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Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter, Major Katelyn van Dam, and Senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole Honored at Annual Salute to Service Gala

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FAIRFAX, VA – December 3, 2015 — On Friday, November 20, the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region held their annual Salute to Service Gala at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. The event brought together over 600 military, government, corporate and community leaders to showcase the Red Cross’ commitment to our region. The Gala celebrated extraordinary individuals and their contributions to humanitarian services and our country. The evening also included live entertainment and dancing, food, drinks, and a magnificent silent auction.

Honored guests included U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, who received the Lifetime of Service Award and Major Katelyn van Dam of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, who was the recipient of the Tiffany Circle Distinguished Woman Warrior Award. The Exceptional Service Award, presented at the VIP Reception, went to Senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole. J.R. Martinez, U.S. Army veteran, author, actor and “Dancing with the Stars” winner, emceed the event.

As the largest fundraising event of the year for the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region, funds raised at the Gala are transformed into services that the American Red Cross delivers to our community every day.

This year’s Salute to Service Gala was made possible by the following sponsors:

  • Presenting Sponsor- Hilton Worldwide
  • VIP Reception Sponsor- Northrop Grumman
  • Platinum Sponsors- Amazon Web Services; Pepco
  • Gold Sponsors- Leidos; The J. Willard & Alice S. Marriott Foundation; Pricewaterhouse Coopers; Pyramid Systems, Inc.; Transformation Systems, Inc.
  • Silver Sponsors- AT&T; CALIBRE; CGI Federal; Exelon; MAXIMUS; Southern Management; Unisys
  • Bronze Sponsors- Attain; PenFed Credit Union; Meisel Holdings; Microsoft; NCI; The Coca-Cola Company
  • Silent Auction Sponsor- AT&T
  • Supporter Sponsors- AGS Group; ASRC Federal; By Light; Deloitte; Honeywell; QMT Windchimes; SHAMBAUGH Leadership; Joyce L. Shields; Southern Wine & Spirits; Walmart
  • Ready 365 Sponsors- AvalonBay Communities; Capital One; Host Hotels & Resorts; Northrop Grumman; Residence Inn by Marriott


About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNCR.