IAVA Hosts Sixth Annual Heroes Gala in New York

IAVA Hosts Sixth Annual Heroes Gala in New York

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Monday, Nov. 12, 2012
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IAVA Hosts Sixth Annual Heroes Gala in New York

New veterans, supporters and sponsors from across America unite during Veterans Week on November 13th

NEW YORK (Nov. 11, 2012) — Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America will host its Sixth Annual Heroes Gala on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. Taking place just two days after this Veterans Day, this year’s IAVA Heroes Gala is the star-studded premier event of Veterans Week events happening across America.

IAVA will honor Sesame Workshop founder Joan Ganz Cooney and Council on Foreign Relations chairman emeritus Peter G. Peterson with IAVA’s 2012 Civilian Service Award. Additionally, IAVA will present Roger Waters, a founding member of Pink Floyd, with our inaugural 2012 Artistic Leadership Award. NBC’s Brian Williams will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the fourth year in a row and Marine Cpl. Aaron Mankin will be a special guest. Tickets are still available and can be purchased here.

“This is an exciting opportunity to celebrate and support the New Greatest Generation,” said IAVA Founder and CEO Paul Rieckhoff. “Each of our honorees has made unique and lasting contributions to IAVA’s mission. We look forward to recognizing their extraordinary efforts and to uniting veterans and supporters from across America.”  

Members of the media are invited to arrive at 6:30 p.m. for the hour-long General Reception for interviews and photos. Paul Rieckhoff’s remarks will also be open to the press. Dinner and remarks are closed to the media. 

The Sixth Annual IAVA Heroes Gala is supported by our Hero Sponsor, Southwest Airlines; our Support Sponsors Alcoa Foundation, Activision, Bill Brandt / Development Specialists, Inc., CNN, Captain & Mrs. Sean Coffey, USN (Ret.), HBO, Health Net, MillerCoors, UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans, Stephanie and Edward Vick, and Western Asset Management Company; and our Table Sponsors American Express, Diana and Richard Beattie, Bill Cowher, Foot Locker Foundation, Inc., McKinsey & Co., MSNBC, Wes Moore, NBC News, Craig Newmark, Randy Proto, Sesame Workshop, UCLA Operation Mend, and USAA.

Past Heroes Gala honorees, performers and attendees include Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, best-selling author Wes Moore, Dancing with the Stars winner J.R. Martinez, ABC’s Bob Woodruff, Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer, singer Norah Jones, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly, Super Bowl Champion Coach Bill Cowher, cartoonist Garry Trudeau, Council on Foreign Relations president emeritus Leslie Gelb, Internet entrepreneur Craig Newmark, and MSNBC’s Willie Geist

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (www.IAVA.org) is the nation’s first and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, has more than 200,000 Member Veterans and civilian supporters nationwide. IAVA recently received the highest rating — four-stars — from Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator.

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