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American Spirit Awards

With Additional Support from Todd Ricketts and Sylvie Legere

June 8-10, 2017
The National WWII Museum

American Spirit Awards

The American Spirit Awards is an awards gala celebrating individuals and organizations whose work reflects the values and spirit of those who served our country during the World War II years. We honor those who inspire others through their own acts of courage, sacrifice, initiative and generosity—particularly in the areas of leadership, service to country or community and education.

Proceeds from the American Spirit Awards will support educational programming at The National WWII Museum—including the ongoing development of classroom materials and professional development opportunities for teachers in schools across the country as well as online experiences that bring the Museum and its research resources to students around the world.

Event Schedule

  • American Spirit Awards Patron Reception

    Windsor Court Hotel

  • American Spirit Awards Luncheon and Leadership Forum

    US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center

  • The Arsenal of Democracy: The Herman and George Brown Salute to the Home Front Exhibit Preview

    Louisiana Memorial Pavilion

  • American Spirit Awards Gala

    US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center

  • The Arsenal of Democracy: The Herman and George Brown Salute to the Home Front Exhibit Ribbon Cutting
  • Reception and Dedication Ceremony for The Arsenal of Democracy

    Founders Plaza and Louisiana Memorial Pavilion


Windsor Court—Official Hotel of American Spirit Awards

As soon as you submit your response to the Museum, we suggest you make travel and hotel accommodations. As the official hotel of American Spirit Awards, the luxurious and renowned Windsor Court Hotel will host several auxiliary events associated with the American Spirit Awards including the Patron Party and Gala After-party. For your convenience, the Museum has reserved a room block for guests of American Spirit Awards. Call 504-528-1944 x 365 for room details and the booking code to take advantage of this special reduced rate.


Special Guests

Tom Brokaw
  • Host
  • A 2015 American Spirit Award winner, famed NBC anchor and Greatest Generation author Brokaw will join us as Master of Ceremonies for the American Spirit Awards Gala.
Dr. Michael White, clarinetist
  • Patron Party Entertainment
  • Patron Reception entertainment to be provided by Dr. Michael White, a leading figure in traditional New Orleans jazz and one of only a few to creatively carry on the rich clarinet sound and style of the city.

The Midtown Men from Broadway's Jersey Boys
  • Gala Entertainment
  • Gala entertainment to be provided by The Midtown Men, four stars from the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys.
Chef Tory McPhail
  • Chef Tory McPhail
  • Tory McPhail has followed a path forged from hard work to join the storied chef legacy of the historic Commander’s Palace restaurant, which has cultivated the likes of Emeril Lagasse, Paul Prudhomme, and Jamie Shannon.McPhail has earned numerous honors for his work, including winning James Beard Foundation Awards for Rising Star Chef and Best Chef: South.


The American Spirit Award

The American Spirit Award recognizes an individual who best exemplifies the outstanding qualities of the American spirit, including teamwork, optimism, courage, and sacrifice, and who inspires the exploration and expression of these values through their own life and work. The award recognizes those who demonstrate through word and deed an extraordinary dedication to the enduring principles that strengthen America's freedom and democracy. The award also recognizes those who make unselfish contributions to their community, state, or nation; those who lead by example; and those who exhibit the highest standards of integrity, discipline, and initiative.


2017 Recipients

David McCullough
  • David McCullough
  • David McCullough has been acclaimed as a “master of the art of narrative history.” He is twice a winner of the Pulitzer Prize—for 1992’s Truman and 2001’s John Adams—and the National Book Award, and has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. He has also twice a winner of the Francis Parkman Prize.

    In a crowded, productive career, he has been an editor, teacher, lecturer, and familiar presence on public television. A gifted speaker, McCullough has lectured in all parts of the country and abroad, as well as at the White House. He is one of the few private citizens to speak before a joint session of Congress.
David M. Rubenstein
  • David M. Rubenstein
  • David M. Rubenstein is a cofounder and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms. A Baltimore native, Rubenstein is a graduate of Duke and The University of Chicago Law School. After practicing law and serving as chief counsel to the US Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments, Rubenstein notably served under President Jimmy Carter as deputy assistant for domestic policy from 1977 to 1981. Rubenstein is deeply involved with a number of eminent organizations, including the Smithsonian Institution, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, to name a few.

Past Recipients

Dr. Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Dr. Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Author of the best seller Band of Brothers and executive producer of the HBO miniseries of the same title, Ambrose wrote an acclaimed, multivolume biography of Dwight "Ike" Eisenhower's presidency and his service as the Supreme Commander of the Allied assault on Nazi Germany. Among Ambrose's numerous other New York Times best sellers are D-Day and Citizen Soldiers. In addition to founding The National D-Day Museum (later designated by Congress as America's WWII Museum), Dr. Ambrose served as a historical consultant for the film Saving Private Ryan and was a recipient of the National Humanities Award from President Bill Clinton.
Senator Howard H. Baker Jr.
  • SENATOR HOWARD H. BAKER JR.
  • As World War II raged, Senator Howard H. Baker enlisted in the US Navy, where he served as a lieutenant on a PT boat in the South Pacific. After the war, Baker continued his education and began a career of public service in the Senate, including two terms as majority leader and minority leader. Senator Baker was known for his dignity, leadership, diplomacy, and his lifelong service to America.

Ambassador Corrinne 'Lindy' Boggs
  • AMBASSADOR CORINNE “LINDY” BOGGS
  • Marie Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs became the first woman to represent Louisiana in Congress, filling her husband’s vacated seat after his death. She served a long and successful career that encompassed nine terms on Capitol Hill. Boggs, who concluded her career in public service as US Ambassador to the Vatican, was famous for her personal charm and tenacity.
Tom Brokaw
  • TOM BROKAW
  • As an award-winning news anchor and best-selling author, Brokaw has enriched our collective understanding of the WWII generation by publishingThe Greatest Generation, one of the most popular nonfiction works of the 20th century. Through the book and its sequel, The Greatest Generation Speaks, Brokaw has become America’s voice of the generation that so heavily influenced his life and career. In November 2014, Brokaw was presented by President Barack Obama with the Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian award. Brokaw received the French Legion of Honor Medal in May 2016.

President George H.W. Bush
  • PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH
  • From his combat duty as the youngest pilot in the US Navy at the age of 18 to his election as the 41st president of the United States, George H.W. Bush has never failed to give his best for the greater community. His courageous service in World War II earned him the Distinguished Flying Cross, among other awards. His long career is a testament to his leadership, wisdom, goodwill, and generosity.
Senator Robert Dole
  • SENATOR ROBERT DOLE
  • Senator Robert Dole had a distinguished record of public service that has made a difference for America. A decorated and wounded combat veteran of World War II, he received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star with one oak leaf cluster. Dole has had a long career in public service including positions as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, his party’s nominee for US president, member of the House of Representatives, and chairman of the Republican Party.

Tom Hanks
  • TOM HANKS
  • As an actor, Tom Hanks brings to life the same beliefs and values that motivated the men and women who selflessly served their country. From riveting portrayals on film to producing documentaries and television series, he encourages generations removed from World War II to learn all they can about Americans who made history. Hanks received the French Legion of Honor Medal in May 2016.
Secretary of State George Shultz
  • SECRETARY OF STATE GEORGE SHULTZ
  • George Shultz—a labor and economics specialist, educator, author, businessman, and international negotiator—served under three US presidents. During World War II he joined the US Marine Corps and served in the Pacific theater. Shultz entered a life of public service as the first director of the Office of Manpower and Budget, and secretary of the Department of Labor, Department of the Treasury, and Department of State.

WWII Veteran Medal of Honor Recipients

  • VERNON BAKER
  • First Lieutenant, US Army Company C, 370th Regiment, 92nd Infantry Division—May 6, 1945, near Viareggio, Italy
  • VAN T. BARFOOT
  • Second Lieutenant, US Army, 157th Infantry, 45th Infantry Division—May 23, 1944, near Carano, Italy
  • WALTER D. EHLERS
  • Staff Sergeant, US Army, 18th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division—June 9, 1944, near Goville, France
  • JOHN FINN
  • Lieutenant, US Navy—December 7, 1941, Kaneohe Bay, Territory of Hawaii
  • CHARLES P. MURRAY JR.
  • First Lieutenant, US Army, Company C, 30th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division—December 16, 1944, near Kayserberg, France
  • HERSHEL W. “WOODY” WILLIAMS
  • Corporal, US Marine Corps Reserve, 21st Marines, 3rd Marine Division—February 23, 1945, Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands
  • ARTHUR J. JACKSON
  • Private First Class, US Marine Corps, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division—September 18, 1944, Island of Peleliu

American Spirit Medallion Recipients

Since its beginning as The National D-Day Museum, the Museum has bestowed this award upon individuals who demonstrate extraordinary dedication to the principles that strengthen America’s freedom and democracy. Through their work and philanthropy, American Spirit Medallion recipients exemplify the highest standards of integrity, discipline, and initiative while making unselfish contributions to their community, state, or nation.


2017 Recipients

James L. Barksdale
  • James L. Barksdale
  • James L. Barksdale is chairman of the board and president of Barksdale Management Corp., a private company that manages his investments and philanthropic activities. The Barksdale Foundation established the Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi in 1997. In January 2000, the foundation granted $100 million to the state of Mississippi for creation of The Barksdale Reading Institute to help Mississippi children improve their reading skills. Among his many other philanthropic ventures, Barksdale has also served in various government roles, including chairman of the Governor’s Commission on the Recovery, Rebuilding, and Renewal of Mississippi, and member of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board under President George W. Bush.
Captain (Ret.) James A. Lovell Jr.
  • Captain James A. Lovell Jr.
  • In June 1952, Captain James A. Lovell graduated from the US Naval Academy and was designated a naval aviator. In 1958, he entered the Navy Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Maryland. Upon graduation was assigned project manager for the F4H fighter-jet test program. In October 1962, Lovell was selected as a NASA astronaut. During the next 11 years, he made four space flights: Gemini 7, Gemini 12, Apollo 8, and Apollo 13. Lovell was the navigator on the historic Apollo 8 mission—man’s first flight to the moon. On Apollo 13, 200,000 miles from Earth, an explosion on the spacecraft forced him and his crew to successfully bring home a crippled spacecraft. In 1994, Lovell and Jeff Kluger wrote Lost Moon, the story of the Apollo 13 mission. In 1995, the film Apollo 13 was released. Over the years, Lovell has been the recipient of many medals, awards, and honors, and has served on numerous civic and charitable boards. In January 1967, President Lyndon Johnson appointed Lovell as consultant to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Lovell served as council chairman under four presidents until retiring in 1978.Currently, he is an active board member on the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, the Adler Planetarium, and the National Museum of the American Sailor Foundation.

Phyllis M. Taylor
  • Phyllis M. Taylor
  • Phyllis M. Taylor is chair of Endeavor Enterprises LLC, a management company to oversee the various Taylor operations. She is also chair and CEO of Taylor Energy Company since the death of her husband, Patrick F. Taylor, in November 2004. A graduate of Tulane University Law School, Taylor served as law clerk for the Supreme Court of Louisiana and Orleans Parish Civil District Court. Her career in the oil industry began in 1972, when she became in-house counsel for John W. Mecom Sr. Honored for her activism and philanthropy, Taylor serves on numerous civic and charitable boards and has led many community initiatives.

Past Recipients

Vice Admiral Thad W. Allen
Vernon Baker
Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr.
Van T. Barfoot
Tom Brokaw
President George H.W. Bush
Senator Robert "Bob" Dole
Rear Admiral Robert F. Duncan
Colonel Terry Ebbert
John Finn
Dr. Norman C. Francis
Maurice "Hank" Greenberg
Tom Hanks
Lieutenant General Russel L. Honoré
Arthur J. Jackson
Peter Kalikow
Henry A. Kissinger
Bonnie McElveen-Hunter
Charles P. Murray, Jr.
General Colin L. Powell
Secretary of State George Schultz
Gary Sinise
John Whitehead
Governor William Winter
WWII Veterans Serving in Congress in 2004:
Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI) (Army)
Representative Cass Ballenger (R-NC) (Navy)
Representative John D. Dingell (D-MI) (Army)
Representative Ralph M. Hall (D-TX) (Navy)
Senator Ernest F. Hollings (D-SC) (Army)
Representative Amory F. Houghton (R-NY) (Marines)
Representative Henry J. Hyde (R-IL) (Navy)
Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI) (Army)
Representative Tom Lantos (D-CA) (Holocaust Survivor)
Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) (Army)
Representative Ralph Regula (R-OH) (Navy)
Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) (Air Force)
Senator John Warner (R-VA) (Navy, Marines)

Silver Service Medallion Recipients

The president of The National WWII Museum awards the Silver Service Medallion to veterans and those with a direct connection to World War II who have served our country with distinction and continue to lead by example.


2017 Recipients

John P. Laborde
  • John P. Laborde
  • John P. Laborde was born in Marksville, Louisiana, in 1923. Laborde served in the military during World War II in the Pacific theater as a captain on General Douglas MacArthur’s staff. From 1950 to 1956, he worked as a lawyer and land man for Richardson and Bass in oil-and-gas exploration and production. In 1956, he cofounded Tidewater Marine Service and served as chairman, president, and CEO from 1956 to 1994. Tidewater became the largest company of its type in the world. Laborde has been very active in business, civic, social, professional, and military organizations and was a founding trustee of The National WWII Museum, serving two terms on the board. Laborde has served on the boards of 15 public companies.
Cathy Long
  • Cathy Long
  • Cathy Long was born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1924 and joined the Navy at age 20. She served in Corpus Christi, Texas, for two years during World War II, and earned the rank of Pharmacist’s Mate 2nd Class. In 1947, she married Gillis Long, a decorated WWII veteran, LSU student body president, and future Louisiana congressman in the US House of Representatives. Long’s early career included working on Capitol Hill for Senator Wayne Morris and others. After Gillis’s death in 1985, Long succeeded him in Congress, having served as his campaign surrogate, speechwriter, and close advisor. As a congresswoman, Long worked on issues impacting women and minorities. Since leaving elected office, Cathy has worked for a number of years as a volunteer with the Washington, DC, nonprofit Miriam’s Kitchen serving food to the homeless, and as a reading tutor. She has been an active member of her church and spends time with family, including her two grandchildren.

Billy Michal
  • Billy Michal
  • Billy Michal spent the entire early portion of his life in the very small sawmill town of Zimmerman, Louisiana. Zimmerman was the location of the J.A. Bentley Lumber Co., internationally known for its virgin longleaf pine lumber and timbers. At just six years old, he helped his one-room school win a statewide scrap-paper-collection contest during World War II, proving that every citizen could contribute to victory in the war. Michal went on to become a successful dentist in south Louisiana and then an instructor at Loyola University and Louisiana State University.
Sergeant Major Mike Mervosh
  • Mike Mervosh
  • Sergeant Major Mike Mervosh was born in 1923 in Pittsburgh and served in combat in every enlisted rank—from infantry units to private to sergeant major. While with the 4th Marine Division in World War II, Mervosh saw fighting in the Battles of Roi-Namur, Marshall Islands, Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima. He earned two Purple Hearts for his heroics in World War II, along the Navy Commendation Medal for his actions on Iwo Jima. In his 35-year military career, Mervosh was decorated in three wars—World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War.

Norman Y. Mineta
  • Norman Y. Mineta
  • Norman Y. Mineta is the president and CEO of Mineta and Associates LLC, and former US Secretary of Commerce and US Secretary of Transportation. Well known for his work in transportation—including aviation, surface transportation, and infrastructure—and national security, Mineta is recognized for his accomplishments in economic development, science and technology policy, foreign and domestic trade, budgetary issues, and civil rights. Mineta's career in public service has been both distinguished and unique. Recognized for his leadership, Mineta has received numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom—the highest civilian honor in the United States—and the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy, which is awarded for significant public service of enduring value to aviation in the United States.
David I. Oreck
  • David I. Oreck
  • Born in 1923 in Duluth, Minnesota, David I. Oreck developed an early fascination with aviation. At the age of 18, he trained as a pilot in the US Civilian Pilot Training Program to fly aircraft to Britain for the prewar Lend-Lease program. After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Oreck enlisted in the US Army Air Forces. He served as navigator and radar officer on the technologically advanced B-29 bomber, flying missions over Japan. Oreck’s next stop was New York City. He was mentored by General David Sarnoff, founder of RCA, and was involved in the introduction of black-and-white televisions and color televisions. In 1963, with little more than an idea, he created a lightweight vacuum cleaner that was as powerful as the heavier models that were common at the time. Oreck turned his vacuum cleaner into one of the best-known brands in the industry. He also maintained his love affair with flight, amassing a collection of vintage planes that he continued to pilot into his 90s. At 93, he hasn’t retired, saying, “It’s bad for your health.”

Kaliste J. Saloom Jr.
  • THE HONORABLE KALISTE J. SALOOM JR. (RETIRED)
  • Kaliste J. Saloom Jr. served a long and distinguished career as a Lafayette (Louisiana) City Court Judge. Prior to being elected as judge, Saloom served in World War II as a US Army special agent in the Counter-Intelligence Corps. He served in North Africa, France, and Germany, earning two Battle Stars and a special commendation for the capture of a three-star Nazi General. Upon returning home from his military service, he started a law practice, became Lafayette City Attorney and was elected City Court Judge in 1952. He also served as Judge Pro Tempore of the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal. He retired in 1993 after more than 40 years of active service on the bench, the second longest judicial tenure in Louisiana. During this long tenure, he received numerous awards and honors for improvement and modernization of the administration of justice from local, state, and national organizations including the Outstanding Traffic Court Judge in the Nation award, the Flaschner Foundation Award from the American Bar Association, and the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame and Louisiana Political Hall of Fame.

Past Recipients

Dr. Hal Baumgarten
Richard E. Cole
Harry Connick, Sr.
Elizabeth Dole
Walter D. Ehlers
Major Norman Hatch
The Honorable George McGovern
Ralph Morse
Amos Pierce
Carl Reiner
Betty Reid Soskin
Bert Stolier
Dr. Lester Tenney
Jerry Yellin
For Leadership and Service in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina:
Major Derwin E. Ward (US Army)
Staff Sergeant David Jacob (LA National Guard)
Sergeant Vernon L. Sanders (US Marine CorpsReserve)
Ensign Trevor Smalls (US Navy Reserve)
Boatswains's Mate Third Class Adam W. Lewis (USCoast Guard)
Captain Robert Lansden (US Merchant Marine)
Senior Master Sergeant Edward Dobbs (US Air Force)
Senior Airman Justin Herzog (LA Air National Guard)
Trooper First Class Mark Fontenot (LA State Police)
Lt. Colonel Keith LaCaze (LA Dept. of Wildlife& Fisheries)
Officer Lejon Roberts (New Orleans Police Dept.)
Firefighter Terry James (New Orleans Fire Dept.)
WWII veterans who played professional baseball:
Lou Brissee
Jerry Coleman
Bob Feller
Morrie Martin
Johnny Pesky
Herb Simpson

The Billy Michal Student Leadership Award

Students pose in front a B-17

The National WWII Museum is pleased to announce an important addition to its American Spirit Award: the Billy Michal Student Leadership Award, given annually to one student from each state and the District of Columbia who demonstrates the American Spirit in his or her community.

The Museum is currently taking nominations from across the country for these awards. Nominees should have a strong record of volunteerism, school and/or community activism, or implementing creative solutions to recognized problems. Selected awardees will be flown (along with a chaperone) to New Orleans to participate in the Museum's American Spirit Awards celebration, . Once there, they will:

  • Tour The National WWII Museum, including behind-the-scenes explorations of the Museum’s exhibits and collections.
  • Meet, befriend, and share ideas with their co-awardees from across the country.
  • Meet with American Spirit Award recipients for a Q&A session.
  • Participate in leadership-building activities.
  • Take a tour of the historic French Quarter.
  • Be featured on the Museum’s American Spirit Award website.
  • Attend a special luncheon banquet where they will receive their awards.
  • Represent their state at the American Spirit Awards gala.

Help us select the recipients of the 2017 Billy Michal Student Leadership Award

  • Nominate a Student!
  • Do you know a student in 8th to 12th grade from your state who demonstrates the values of leadership, teamwork, tolerance, creativity, and perseverance with a strong record for volunteerism, activism, or implementing creative solutions to recognized problems? Nominate them for the Billy Michal Student Leadership Award.
  • Nominate

    Nominations must be received by Friday, March 3, 2017.

    Nomination criteria: Nominees currently must be from 8th to 12th grade; only individual students can be nominated, not groups; students may be in public, private, parochial, or home school in the United States; nominees must commit to traveling to New Orleans (with a chaperone, all expenses paid) June 8–10, 2017; awardees will be selected based on their demonstrated commitment to making a positive contribution to their school, community, country, and/or the world; only fully completed nominations will be eligible for consideration.

Table Sponsor Levels & Ticket Pricing

Exclusive Recognition Benefits

American Spirit Awards Supporters, Benefactors, Friends, Patrons, and Members are recognized on all printed materials, including event invitation, event program, event web page, the 2017 Annual Donor Wall, and Annual Report.

The National WWII Museum is an institution that honors those who served at home and abroad during World War II. We invite you to recognize your personal connection to the war that changed the world by honoring a loved one with your Gala table sponsorship. The name of your honoree will be placed on the table the night of the event and printed in the evening’s program. Take advantage of this special recognition opportunity by indicating your honoree’s name under the table sponsorship of your choice.

Sponsorship Opportunities

  • $25,000
    Veteran Sponsor
  • 10 tickets purchased for American Spirit Awards plus a donation to allow a veteran and his/her guest to attend American Spirit Awards (two tickets)**
  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Patron Reception (Thursday, June 8, 2017)
  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Luncheon and Leadership Forum (Friday, June 9, 2017)
  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Gala (Friday, June 9, 2017)
  • Photo opportunity for two couples (purchaser) at the 2017 American Spirit Awards Gala with inclusion in post-event marketing materials (when available)
  • Quarter-page ad in the American Spirit Awards program with personalized editorial tribute to a veteran of the purchaser's choosing
  • Six tickets for the Dedication Ceremony (Saturday, June 10, 2017)
  • **Tickets supported by Veteran Sponsors will be allocated to local veteran organizations.
Purchase
  • $25,000
    Friend of Awardee
  • 10 tickets purchased for American Spirit Awards
  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Patron Reception (Thursday, June 8, 2017)
  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Luncheon and Leadership Forum (Friday, June 9, 2017)
  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Gala (Friday, June 9, 2017)
  • Photo opportunity for two couples at the 2017 American Spirit Awards Gala with inclusion in post-event marketing materials (when available)
  • Quarter-page ad in the American Spirit Awards program with personalized editorial tribute to your desired awardee
  • Six tickets for the Dedication Ceremony (Saturday, June 10, 2017)
Purchase
  • $20,000
    Supporter
  • 10 tickets purchased for American Spirit Awards
  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Patron Reception (Thursday, June 8, 2017)
  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Luncheon and Leadership Forum (Friday, June 9, 2017)
  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Gala (Friday, June 9, 2017)
  • Photo opportunity for two couples at the 2017 American Spirit Awards Gala with inclusion in post-event marketing materials (when available)
  • Four tickets for the Dedication Ceremony (Saturday, June 10, 2017)
  • 2018 Normandy Academy Scholar Sponsor
Purchase
  • $15,000
    Benefactor
  • 10 tickets purchased for American Spirit Awards
  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Patron Reception (Thursday, June 8, 2017)
  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Luncheon and Leadership Forum (Friday, June 9, 2017)
  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Gala (Friday, June 9, 2017)
  • Photo opportunity for one couple at the 2017 American Spirit Awards Gala with inclusion in post-event marketing materials (when available)
  • Four tickets for the Dedication Ceremony (Saturday, June 10, 2017)
  • 2018 Summer Residential Program Scholar Sponsor
Purchase
  • $10,000
    Friend
  • 10 tickets purchased for American Spirit Awards
  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Patron Reception (Thursday, June 8, 2017)
  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Luncheon and Leadership Forum (Friday, June 9, 2017)
  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Gala (Friday, June 9, 2017)
Purchase
  • $2,500
    Veteran Supporter
  • **Donation to allow a WWII veteran and one guest to attend American Spirit Awards
  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Patron Reception (Thursday, June 8, 2017)
  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Luncheon and Leadership Forum (Friday, June 9, 2017)
  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Gala (Friday, June 9, 2017)
  • ** Tickets supported by Veteran Supporters will be allocated to local veteran organizations.
Purchase

Patron Opportunities

  • $1,000
    Individual Patron Ticket
  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Patron Reception, Luncheon and Leadership Forum, and Gala
Purchase
  • $750
    Member Patron Ticket
    Active Museum Membership Required
  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Patron Reception, Luncheon and Leadership Forum, and Gala
  • Purchase
  • $500
    Individual Gala Ticket
  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Gala
  • Purchase
  • I am unable to attend, but wish to make a contribution on behalf of the American Spirit Awards Education Fund
Donate

2017 American Spirit Awards Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Supporting Sponsor
Todd Ricketts and Sylvie Legere

Official Hotel Sponsor
Windsor Court Hotel

Leadership Forum and Luncheon Sponsor
Stephens

Event Production Sponsor
Solomon Group

Active-Duty Military Sponsor
The Starr Foundation

Friend of Awardee Sponsor
Barbara and Jack Bovender in honor of David Rubenstein

Veteran Sponsor
Freeport-McMoRan
Patrick F. Taylor Foundation In Honor of First Lieutenant Rodney Miller (US Air Force)

Supporter
Supporter contributions provide a scholarship for a student to attend the Museum’s 2018 Normandy Academy
AT&T
The Strake Foundation

Benefactors
Benefactor contributions provide a scholarship for a student to attend the Museums’ 2018 Student Leadership Academy
Madlyn and Paul Hilliard
Peggy and Carl Sewell
Mr. Robert V. Siebel

Friends
Dwight Anderson
David and Stephanie Barksdale In Honor of Jim Barksdale
Charlotte Bollinger In Honor of Phyllis Taylor
Ray and Jessica Brandt
Vernon and Patricia Brinson
James Chanos
The A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation
Carmen and Jim Courter
Cudd Foundation
Gustaf Westfeldt McIlhenny Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. John P. Laborde
Latter & Blum. Inc.
Deborah G. Lindsay In Honor of Forrest Villarubia
Liskow & Lewis
Morgan Stanley
Mr. and Mrs. David Oreck
Wyatt Rockefeller In Honor of Dr. Donald L. Gordon
Kathy and Joe Sanderson in Honor of Jim Barksdale
Kathryn and Jeff Scurlock / Bowen, Miclette & Britt
Voorsanger Mathes, LLC

Veteran Supporter
Infogroup Nonprofit Solutions
Mr. Ben A. Martinez
Mutual of America
Mr. William and Mrs. Dina Riviere
Thirty North Investments, LLC

Patrons
Anne and Herschel Abbott
Barton Cotton Fundraising Group
Mr. and Mrs. John D'Arcy Becker
Robert and Lenore Briskman
Jim and Kathy Crouch
Dan and Ann Claire Fordice
Judy and Louis Freeman
Pam Davis Friedler
Goldring Family Foundation
Bill and Susan Hess
JetBlue
Jones Walker LLP
Dr. and Mrs. John Patrick Jordan
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Sherry and Alan Leventhal Family Foundation
Dr. and Mrs. Neil J. Maki
Mr. James E. Maurin
Mr. and Mrs. Markham R. McKnight
Colonel and Mrs. Craig Mays
Colonel and Mrs. Larry L. Merington
New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation
David Nierenberg
Dr. Eduardo E. Rodriguez
Lou Kennedy and Stephanie Roman
Philip G. Satre
Lori and Dr. Bobby Savoie
Tiffani and John Silvia
Delores Soroe
Frank and Paulette Stewart
Cynthia Tieken

Education at the Museum

The National WWII Museum is a dynamic educational resource, serving the needs of teachers and students from grade school through the postgraduate level. Through exhibitions, on-site programs, distance learning, and online resources, teachers and students from all backgrounds can explore the values and beliefs—the universal concepts—that Americans and their Allies embraced during World War II. USA Today ranked the Museum one of the “Best Places to Learn US Military History.”


Proceeds from the American Spirit Awards will support educational programming at The National WWII Museum—including the ongoing development of classroom materials and professional-development opportunities for teachers in schools across the country, as well as online experiences that bring the Museum and its resources to students around the world.


For more information, contact our Fundraising Events staff at 504-528-1944 x 334 or email Ellen.Buckley
@NationalWW2Museum.org
.

The medallions for the American Spirit Awards honorees were provided by Bennett Awards