USO San Diego’s Fundraiser Gala Raised More Than $1 Million

| July 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pictured from left to right are Reena Horowitz, Stephanie Brown, Arlene and Richard Esgate, Jeanne Jones, Jack and Una McGrory, and Hélène and George Gould.

USO San Diego’s 77th Annual Stars and Stripes Gala: For Love of Country took place on Saturday, May 5, 2018, and to date has raised more than $1,050,000 in donations for our local military.

The event honored Jack McGrory, a cherished philanthropist, civic leader, businessman, and military veteran. Presenting Sponsors, Neil and June Ash, generously and continuously supported the organization. Co-Chairs included Hélène and George Gould, Arlene and Richard Esgate, Reena and Sam Horowitz, Jeanne Jones, Don Breitenberg, and Stephanie Brown. Mark Larson of the Mark Larson Show on AM 1170 and analyst on KUSI, served as emcee.

Jack McGrory, event honoree, stated, “I am deeply appreciative to have been named honoree at USO San Diego’s 77th Annual Stars and Stripes Gala: For Love of Country. 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.”

The gala celebrated the strong, enduring relationship between San Diego and our Armed Forces, and featured the stories of San Diego service members as they shared their experiences and inspired us with their bravery.

Gala entertainment for the evening included Two-Time Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell. A powerful baritone, “Stokes,” has been one of the central leading men of the Broadway theatre. For the second year, National Anthem singer, painter, and TV personality, Joe Everson, lent his remarkable talents to the gala by creating original artwork, while singing the National Anthem, which was included in the auction.

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