and after an amazing version of the national anthem by the Navy Chorus, Laurel Tsirimokos wrote and narrated a wonderful tribute to the fallen orchestrated by the
Marine Headquarter Squadron 3 Honor Guard building the Battlefield Cross. It left
everyone speechless and started our evening off on just the right note. Thanks so
much to Laurel. Job well done!
marketing director for the USS Midway Museum, Mr. Scott McGaugh. After a
short history of the museum, Scott read a welcome letter from Mr. Jerry
Sanders, Mayor of San Diego. The staff and crew of the USS Midway Museum
have been great partners on this event that kicks off their Legacy Week.
former Navy Seal, former star of the TV Series “The Bachelor” and founder of
one of the evening’s charitable partners, Got Your Back Network (GYBN).
GYBN hosted 10 families of the fallen for the evening’s festivities. They all had
a great time as the event provided some welcomed relief from the issues they
have to deal with everyday having lost a loved one in war.
Army’s Rena Marie Cunningham from the Indiana National Guard. Rena gave
a great performance and is sure to have a promising future!
CEO of our presenting sponsor, SKYDEX, Mr. Mike Buchen, to present
our charitable contributions for the evening. Mike hosted 45 soldiers
from Ft. Irwin who were acknowledged. What a great gesture, Mike!
Then he shocked the whole crowd by presenting SMA Tilley with a
$25,000 check! SMA welcomed the evening’s beneficiaries to the stage:
United Through Reading, Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County,
Got Your Back Network, San Diego Armed Services YMCA and Veterans
Village of San Diego. These fine organizations provide such great
services to our veterans, active duty military and military families. It is
with great honor and privilege that we were able to presented $50,000
Kenny Loggins. To say his performance was magical and electric would be
an understatement. He wowed the crowd and captured the essence of the
evening with a stunning performance. Thanks, Kenny!
this great tribute to the Families of the Fallen! Thanks to all those who attended and to our sponsors who together helped make this a night to remember!