IAVA’s 2016 Heroes Gala was a historic night. We brought together people from all generations, all industries and all backgrounds to unite in New York City on the 241st birthday of the United States Marine Corps and the night before Veterans Day.
The IAVA Heroes Gala is an annual celebration of the sprit of America, the tenacity of our veterans and the impact of our leaders.
It’s also our single most critical fundraiser of the year, powering all critical IAVA programs for the next 12 months–and ensures every single IAVA program, event and service is 100% free for our Post-9/11 Veterans and their families.
The Color Guard and National Anthem, sung by Army Veteran Emmy Cee
Opening Remarks from Host Willie Geist, Co-Anchor of MSNBC’s Morning Joe and Anchor of NBC’s Sunday Today
Remarks from IAVA CEO and Founder Paul Rieckhoff
Remarks from IAVA Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree, Leslie H. Gelb
Introduction by Miss USA and Army Veteran Deshauna Barber
Introduction by Special Guest General David Petraeus
Remarks from IAVA’s 2016 Civilian Leadership Award Honoree Kenneth Fisher
Introduction by Special Guest Jane Horton
Remarks from Veteran Leadership Award Honoree Patrick J. Murphy
Closing Remarks from IAVA CEO and Founder Paul Rieckhoff
Special thanks to Ken Yagoda, Sameer Khan and MILK for video production.
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