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Attend the 2019 NSOF Gala

Attend the 2019 NSOF Gala

Joe CockrellMay 10, 2019

It's hard to believe that we are already celebrating our second annual NSOF Benefit Gala June 1st. So much has happened for us and our community since we were all together last year. Our pillars of support are stronger than ever! We have provided assistance to over 700 families because of the support provided to us through donations, community presence events and our athlete ambassador program to name just a few. We have bridged the gaps in so many areas for our families so they can remain resilient through hardships and turbulent times. When there is an illness or injury the foundation has provided logistical support to help lessen the burden for families so they can focus on healing. For those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, we stand firmly behind their family during and after this time of crisis by providing respite childcare, specialized camps, and retreats. We exist to support all our members for life!

NSOF kids at iFly in Virginia Beach

All of us know that while our men and women are away protecting our families it is important that our children are given the utmost respect and care while our heroes are in far-away places around the globe. Through your donations, attending our annual Gala, and support of other NSOF sponsored events, we can provide productive summer camps and other exceptional family events that help to fill the voids for our children. So far this year we have been able to send our families to Great Wolf Lodge weekends, provide season passes to Ocean Breeze Waterpark, and fun days at iFly Virginia Beach, plus so much more! It doesn’t stop with the families at home, we have also provided a free operator reset at Wintergreen Ski Resort this year for our active and retired NSO service members. Veteran retreats provide activities such as ski trips, hiking, and other activities which remove these members away from daily stresses and allow the opportunity for truly organic relationship bonding between transitioned, retired and active duty NSO members.

Donations made to NSOF

We have achieved so much in such a short time, that's why we encourage you to come celebrate with us. This is also a way for us to all come together and show our gratitude and appreciation to those who support our mission. We hope you can join us on June 1 st at the beautiful Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hilton! The evening will start at 5pm with a cocktail reception and professional photos available for purchase. A three-course meal will be served with your choice of: Chicken piccata with parmesan risotto croquettes and broccolini with shaved garlic; Braised beef short rib with roasted garlic and mashed potatoes and thyme roasted carrots; or Catch 31 bronzed salmon with toasted rice pilaf and asparagus gremolata; we also have a vegan or vegetarian option available at request. After dinner we have the pleasure to present Navy EOD Captain Hung Cao as our keynote speaker, followed by a surprise live auction with Ben Gedeon of the Minnesota Vikings! The entertainment for the evening will be provided by Howl 2 Go dueling pianos, a high-energy show based on party anthems. Musicians "perform" on a variety of instruments including pianos, drums, guitars, horns, and more in a show with no setlist or agenda. Nightclub and Bar Magazine named Howl at the Moon Dueling Piano as some of the best live performers for events. We will also have plenty of action to bid on during our silent auction throughout the evening.

NSOF Athlete Ambassadors

Thank you to ALL our sponsors for making this incredible night happen!

Also a big thank you to our Table Hosts:

A special thank you to Men's Wearhouse for providing our Gala guests with a discount to dress their best.  Use reference #8583336, rentals starting at $59.99 OR $50 off your rental OR 40% off your retail purchase.

Finer details about the event

The last day for ticket sales is May 27th, you can purchase your ticket or become a table host by visiting our website  There will be free valet parking at the Hilton for our gala guests, please be sure to mention this to valet when arrive. Cocktail hour will be a cash bar or drink tickets available to purchase with a credit card.