USO San Diego’s 77th Annual Stars and Stripes Gala Honors Jack McGrory

| May 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Two Time Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell will entertain for the gala.

USO San Diego’s 77th Annual Stars and Stripes Gala, For Love of Country, honors and supports active duty military personnel and helps provide them with much-needed services. The signature gala, which takes place at 5 p.m., Saturday, May 5 at the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina in downtown San Diego, has emerged as one of the top five gala events in San Diego and celebrates the strong, enduring relationship between San Diego and our Armed Forces.

Gala entertainment for the evening includes Two Time Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell. A powerful baritone, Stokes has been one of the central leading men of the Broadway theatre since the early 1990s. He won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical in 2000 for his performance in “Kiss Me, Kate.” For the second year, Joe Emerson, National Anthem singer, painter, and TV personality will lend his remarkable talents to the gala.

The organization has named Jack McGrory as its gala honoree. McGrory is a cherished philanthropist, civic leader, businessman, and military veteran, who served three years in the Marine Corp as an infantry officer and completed tours of duty in Japan and the Philippines.

Co-Chairs for the event include Arlene and Richard Esgate, Hélène and George Gould, Reena and Sam Horowitz, Jeanne Jones and Don Breitenberg, and Stephanie Brown. Mark Larson of KFMB AM radio will serve as emcee.

“This year, I am deeply appreciative to be named honoree at USO San Diego’s 77th Annual Stars and Stripes Gala,” said McGrory. “As a proud veteran of our armed forces, I believe it is our duty and responsibility to honor and serve those men and women who sacrifice so much on our behalf.”

USO San Diego takes no federal or state funding and relies on the generosity of the community to help make a difference in the lives of military personnel and their families. The organization provides services to more than 220,000 active duty military members and their families 365 days a year at its award-winning Neil Ash USO San Diego Airport Center and downtown San Diego facility.

Lorin Stewart, CEO of USO San Diego, added, “We can only accomplish this with a dedicated and compassionate community of staff, volunteers and magnanimous supporters who work together to honor, respect and elevate the spirit of all military and their families.”

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