Hope For The Warriors® Announces Annual Got Heart, Give Hope® Celebration in Washington, DC

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National Nonprofit Event to Honor Women Who Serve

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We are honored by the opportunity to recognize a group of women that continues to overcome extreme adversity and challenges in order to serve their country.

Hope For The Warriors® is excited to announce the honorees for the Got Heart, Give Hope® Celebration to be held at Union Station on November 4, 2015. The theme of this year’s Celebration is “Women Who Inspire Through Service.” The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of The Vigiano Family Hope & Courage Awards to seven honorees—service members and veterans, civilians and caregivers—focusing on the HOPE they symbolize through their remarkable stories and service. All proceeds of the event will go to Hope For The Warriors®, a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope to our service members and our military families.

The emcee of the evening will be SiriusXM NASCAR Radio show host and military family advocate, Angie Skinner. Skinner will present The Vigiano Family Hope & Courage Awards to the honorees. These extraordinary women were chosen because they stand as pillars of strength and inspiration in their communities.

The Keynote Speaker for the evening will be Maj. Heather Penney (USAF), a F16 pilot in the 121st Fighter Squadron on Andrews AFB, MD for over 10 years. During the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Penney served as one of two combat pilots ordered to down United Airlines Flight 93 heading toward Washington, DC. The mission could only be carried out by ramming the plane with the fighter jets, however passengers on the flight attempted to take control of the aircraft, ending the mission. Penney continues to fly in the Air National Guard in the 201st Airlift Squadron as an instructor pilot and aircraft commander in the C-38 Gulfstream. Currently, she is the Director of USAF Air Superiority Systems at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. Hope For The Warriors® is honored to have Penney join in celebration of women who serve.

“We are honored by the opportunity to recognize a group of women that continues to overcome extreme adversity and challenges in order to serve their country,” said Robin Kelleher, Hope For The Warriors® President. “We celebrate the hope and courage the women of this Got Heart, Give Hope® Celebration instill in and symbolize for their communities and our country.”

The Honorees:

  •     SPC Catherine Bane, USA
  •     SFC Angela Green, USAR
  •     Courtney Spaeth, CEO of growth.[period]
  •     Jan Vigiano, Gold Star Mother
  •     Lee Woodruff, Caregiver
  •     Juana Carrizales, USMC Caregiver
  •     Erin Thede, Director of Employer Partnership

For more information on the Got Heart, Give Hope® Celebration, please visit http://www.gotheartgivehope.org.

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Hope For The Warriors® Mission Statement
Hope For The Warriors® believes those touched by military service can succeed at home by restoring their sense of self, family, and hope. Nationally, Hope For The Warriors® provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, and connections to community resources.

Hope For The Warriors® has earned a Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator (http://www.charitynavigator.org) for four consecutive years. Charity Navigator is an independent organization that evaluates fiscal responsibility and accountability of nonprofits.

Hope For The Warriors® (Federal Tax ID 20-5182295) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity as defined in sections 509(A)(1) and 170(B)(1)(A)(VI) of the Internal Revenue Code. Combined Federal Campaign, CFC #27800.

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