The Vets on Track Foundation hosted their "Heroes Gala” at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Springfield, Virginia on May 20, 2017. The Gala honored America’s 9-1- 1 Force; an active duty service member, two veterans, a fire fighter, a law enforcement officer and an EMT technician, for their commitment to not only their profession, but also to their community, by presenting them the Foundation’s Connect America Community Outreach Award.
The Awardees were:
Service member – Major Lee Stuckey, U.S. Marine Corps
Veteran - Kyle Olson, U.S. Marine Corps
Veteran - Ameen "Doc" Anthony, U.S. Marine Corps
Law Enforcement - Deputy Joe Carter, Stafford County Sheriff’s Office
Fire Fighter – Deputy Chief Craig Griffith, Yorkshire Fire Department
EMT – Alexa Lewis, The Dale City Volunteer Fire Department
We want to send a special shout out to our sponsors - Budweiser; NOVEC Helps; Lake Jackson Fire and Rescue; Veterans Magazine; Yorkshire Volunteer Fire Department; OffTrack Mobile Detailing; Snap-On Tools; AHERO; Inspired Touch Signs & Graphics; Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation; Inspired Signs and Graphics; NSWC Federal Credit Union; Grunt Style; KAZ Automotive; Republic National Distributing Company; Churchill Mortgage Company; O.W.L. Volunteer Fire Department; we were able to begin building the bridge of understanding.
The Gala was emceed by Carla Babb, Pentagon Correspondent for Voice of America and William “B” Taylor, #1 Billboard Charting Recording Artist, and global ambassador of music and entertainment for our U.S. military, veterans and first responders.
Admiral Michael Rogers served as Guest of Honor and featured speaker for the evening. The Foundation had performances by “B” Taylor, pop singers Maricris Stroud and Max Maine, an inspiring 17 year-old performer. Nashville recording artist Chris Higbee, his wife Melissa (a first sergeant in the Army) and their band provided the late evening entertainment.
The Vets on Track Foundation is a state and federally registered 501(c)3 organization. The Foundation partners with community stakeholders, agencies (government and non-government), non-profit organizations and representatives serving first responders, veterans and military families from across the country. Founded in 2015, this collective-impact approach, delivered through its Armed Forces Motorsports' Resource Summit Program, is the lynchpin and mechanism for social change and innovation across first responder and veteran care and support. Through our racing roots, we organize resource summits at race tracks and other locations across the country, bringing stakeholders and those in need, face-to- face to address specific needs.
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