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115th Anniversary Dinner

115th Anniversary Dinner Program
New York Council's
115th Anniversary Dinner
Honors Military and Industry Leaders

            “What a wonderful event last night - measured by every high standard!”...“I appreciated the warm reception from you and your membership”...“the venue was astonishingly beautiful” and “the best yet, not just in fundraising - everyone really seemed to enjoy themselves ” were comments made following the 115th Anniversary Dinner held by the Navy League, New York Council on May 30th at the storied New York Yacht Club in New York City. 

            The spirited gala, with more than 200 guests, paid tribute to those who have significantly contributed to the nation’s military and supported the Navy League’s mission on behalf of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine.

            This year the New York Council honored four distinguished Americans. ADM Bill Moran, USN, Vice Chief of Navy Operations received the Council’s Distinguished Service Award; Gen. David H. Petraeus, USA (Ret.), Member, KKR & Chairman KKR Global Institute received the RADM J. Robert Lunney Patriot’s Award; Bruce E. Mosler, Chairman of Global Brokerage, Cushman & Wakefield Inc. received the Leadership in Support of the Military Award; and Richard S. Heller, Partner, Thompson Hine LLP received the Dedicated Service Award. 

            The evening began with a welcome by New York Council President Charles R. Blaich, who remarked, “What really strikes anyone who looks at this gathering, at both the honorees and attendees is that at sometime during their lives, they stepped out of their comfort zones, took off their life preservers and did what they perceived as necessary and right without regard for the consequences. For that we are a better people, a better nation.”

            Lea Gabrielle, former U.S. Navy F/A-18 Fighter Pilot and Intelligence Operator and now a Fox News correspondent, was the Mistress of Ceremonies.

             Dinner Chairmen were Ted Mason and Joe Purcell. Honorary Dinner Chairs were Dayton T. Carr, George J. Dennis, Kenneth Fisher, Maurice (Hank) Greenberg, Col. Jack Jacobs, USA (Ret.), Henry R. Kravis, Jeremiah B. Larkin, Dr. J. Phillip London, John C. Santora and Doris Scheuing whose late husband, Richard Scheuing, assisted in founding Fleet Week New York.

            Special guests included National Navy League President Skip Witunski who was welcomed back to New York City, the place where the Navy League was founded 115 years ago, by Council President Charles Blaich.

            The audience also included corporate sponsors, uniformed personnel from the Sea Services, Navy League members and their guests. NJROTC cadets from the Council’s adopted units at Curtis High School, George Washington High School and Graphics Campus as well as Sea Cadets from the adopted George Washington Division were also in attendance. The cadets welcomed the guests and two cadets were specially selected to aid in the award presentation to the Honorees.

            In his keynote speech, ADM Moran spoke from the heart about his upbringing in New York, how being part of a winning team attracts young men and women to join the Navy, and the importance of teamwork in accomplishing the mission every day.
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