The 2016 USO Star-Spangled Salute Gala was a dazzling night of patriotism and military pageantry in support of the USO's 75th Anniversary. Held in Navy Pier's Grand Ballroom, the event attracted over 800 guests and was a salute to our Active Duty, Guard and Reserve military and their families.
Guests entered the ballroom through a tunnel formed by honor guards bearing flags. During the program, the USO Salute to Leadership Award was given to Pritzker Military Museum & Library in honor of its service and dedication to our nation’s military and was accepted by Pritzker Military Museum & Library Board Major General James H. Mukoyama, Jr., U.S. Army (Retired).
The USO Angel Harvey Heart of a Patriot Award was given posthumously to the Robin Williams and was accepted on his behalf by his wife Susan Williams. (It was bittersweet since the night of the gala would have also been their wedding anniversary).
The event was a record-breaker for the organization raising $1,150,570 that will be used to continue the hundreds of programs and services that the USO of Illinois provides each year to 330,000 service members and their families.
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