Our mission is to support Coast Guard members and their families. This support manifests itself in direct and indirect ways. We provide books and exercise equipment for cutter crews, or we endeavor on more ambitious projects, like constructing a playground for Coast Guard families to gather with their children in a safe, healthy environment.
But sometimes our support translates into something even more simple and basic — a night out on the town, to enjoy the company of your spouse, your colleagues and others in the Coast Guard community.
A young Coast Guardsmen and his date pose with Commandant Bob Papp. Photo by Petty Officer Patrick Kelley.
The Commandant's Ball is an official Coast Guard Morale Welfare and Recreation event, sponsored by Coast Guard Headquarters' MWR in Washington, D.C. each fall, for area Coast Guard to enjoy an evening celebrating and honoring their service. The Foundation helped 200 enlisted members to attend the Commandant's Ball at a reduced cost. Enlisted members paid just $15 per ticket to attend, and received free parking courtesy of the Foundation.
Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Bob Papp was appreciative of the Foundation's support of the ball. "We cannot thank them enough," he said.
To make sure that there were no impediments to attending the ball, the Foundation also provided funding for onsite child care as MWR hired teachers from the Headquarters' Child Development Center to watch the children. The Foundation also supported the Commandant's Ball by funding the cost of entertainment and commemorative coins for all guests to remember the evening.
Commandant Bob Papp with a youngster at the Commandant's Ball in Washington, D.C. Photo by Petty Officer Patrick Kelley.
"We must never forget that our service as Coast Guardsmen is a shared sacrifice with our families and loved ones. Once in a while, we're able to provide you with a first-class evening like this to enjoy with your special someone," said Admiral Papp.
"We know that the sacrifices of our families are what enable us to accomplish our Coast Guard missions. These sacrifices are not something that we can repay them for: a missed birthday, anniversary or holiday," Admiral Papp said.
"My wife, Linda, sometimes says, 'you owe me,' but she knows I cannot repay her. But we do know our wives, husbands, daughters, sons, significant others and loved ones understand, because they're proud of us. And they make us proud."