Coast Guard Foundation will present annual awards in NYC

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that its 2017 Salute to the United States Coast Guard will take place at the Marriott Marquis in New York City Thursday, Oct. 5.

A cocktail reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. with dinner and the program following at 7:30 p.m.

At the event, the Coast Guard Foundation will honor United States Coast Guard heroism and mission excellence with two awards, and acknowledge the response and rescue efforts of the service during the last three weeks of hurricane activity in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

The Foundation will recognize Benjamin G. Bordelon, president and CEO of Bollinger Shipyards, for his long-time support, and recognition of the Coast Guard Auxiliary will be the centerpiece of the evening.

The Foundation will honor Patti and Robert Brody from the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Sector Buffalo, for their brave actions on July 4, 2016 in the rescue of a boat crew near Rochester, New York. The Brody’s are also being recognized for their many years of support to the Coast Guard through their volunteer roles as Coast Guard Auxiliary members. BM1 Walter Kendall will be honored for his heroic actions in July of last year when he rescued six people trapped inside a sinking 27-foot boat on Presque Isle Bay, Pennsylvania.

“The men and women of the Coast Guard are on-call 24-hours a day,” said Susan Ludwig, president, Coast Guard Foundation. “The tireless dedication of these individuals and the volunteers of the Coast Guard Auxiliary rarely receives recognition and we are humbled to be able to honor them this evening.”

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The husband-wife duo Craig Melvin, NBC and Lindsay Czarniak, ESPN will co-host the evening. Admiral Charles Michel, Vice-Commandant and VADM Charles Ray, Deputy Commandant for Operations, will deliver remarks, while Admiral Paul Zukunft, Commandant of the Coast Guard, will appear via video.

To learn more about the Coast Guard Foundation or to help support its work, please visit www.coastguardfoundation.org or call (860) 535-0786.

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