The Coast Guard Foundation’s 18th Annual Tribute to the Coast Guard from our Nation’s Capital will return to the beautiful and historic National Building Museum in Washington the evening of June 7.
Emceed by renowned national TV journalists Kyra Phillips and John Roberts, the event is an opportunity for policymakers, industry leaders, and government officials to join together to highlight the missions and heroism of U.S. Coast Guard personnel nationwide. At the event the Foundation will also announce a special award to a crew from the Coast Guard’s 5th District, which oversees all Coast Guard missions and activities in the Mid-Atlantic region.
The Commandant of the Coast Guard and other Coast Guard personnel will attend as will executive branch and congressional leaders.
Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey, will be recognized for its lifesaving work along the coast of New Jersey as well as its unique national security role. The unit is tasked with protecting the air space around the National Capital Region and National Special Security Events such as the Super Bowl, the UN General Assembly, and the State of the Union Address.
The Foundation will also present its prestigious Guardian Award to board member and philanthropist, James A. “Jim” O’Hare. O’Hare was one of four board members who started the DC event 18 years ago. Since then it has raised more than $14 million for Foundation programs that assist Coast Guard members and families.
As a dedicated volunteer, O’Hare has shared the Coast Guard and the Foundation’s missions with boaters from Maine to Florida and beyond, enhancing the readiness and morale of Coast Guard members, bringing new partners to the Foundation’s mission, and recruiting dedicated board members to guide the organization. O’Hare is also among the Foundation’s most generous donors and active fundraisers. A resident of Annapolis, Maryland, and Palm City, Florida, O’Hare is a member of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, the New York Yacht Club, and the Annapolis Yacht Club.
The event, which includes a reception and dinner, will be held at the National Building Museum in Washington, Tuesday, June 7, beginning at 6 p.m.
Title Image: A Coast Guard response boat patrols the Potomac River in Washington during a heightened state of alert in that city on August 7, 2004. USCG photo by Joseph P. Cirone, USCGAUX.