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USO San Diego’s 74th anniversary Stars & Stripes Gala set for May 2 at Manchester Grand Hyatt

MusiCorps from USO San Diego’s 2014 gala
MusiCorps from USO San Diego’s 2014 gala
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The USO has been boosting morale and providing comfort to American servicemen and women since 1941. USO San Diego will review its triumphs at its 74th anniversary gala, “Then and Now: A ‘Show’ of Support for our Military,” Saturday, May 2 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in downtown San Diego.

Civilian and military guests will be entertained by the MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band from the music rehabilitation program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (recently honored with a CNN Heroes award) as well as other talents from the San Diego area.

USO San Diego will be recognizing the following honorees: Vice Adm. James Zortman, U.S. Navy Retired, and the Northrop Grumman Employee Network, Jessie J. Knight, Jr., Chairman of SDG&E, and Marine Cpl. Nicholas Kimmel.

The gala is the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds provide funding to sustain the USO Neil Ash Airport Center — the largest in the world - which welcomed more than 120,000 service members in 2014 alone, and the USO San Diego Downtown Center which provides essential programs and services for military families (including Tuesday Night Dinners), which feeds some 200 individuals each week, an Emergency Food Pantry supporting an average of 150 families twice a month, critical family programming to ease the stresses of military life and promote recreation and holiday programs serving thousands.

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Co-chairs for the 74th gala are Reena Horowitz, Ramin Pourtrymour and Lori and Bill Walton. Honorary Chairs include June and Neil Ash, Betty Beyster, Joye Blount, Arlene and Richard Esgate, Olivia and Peter Farrell, Ronne Froman and Linden Blue, Helene and George Gould, Jeanne Jones and Don Breitenberg, Vangie and Jim Regan, and Jeri and Richard Rovsek.

Tickets from $350 at (619) 235-9377 or usosandiego.org