The event featured an address by Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, who made the evening as "Zukunfortable" as possible.
It was a Dress Blue and Black Tie affair last weekend at the U.S. Freedom Pavilion in the Boeing Center honoring the U.S. Coast Guard.
The prestigious Coast Guard Foundation raised over $160,000 for the U.S. Coast Guard at the event, which was sponsored by major companies. The funds will go largely to the hundreds of Coast Guard members who lost their homes at the hands of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria that ravaged the Gulf Coast in 2017.
But the Coast Guard was in high spirits. They shared poetry with attendees, laughter, and a general spirit of honor and respect. Members were honored for selfless acts of bravery during trying times last year, saving lives in the midst of losing their own homes in many cases.
The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, recognized the Coast Guard’s response to hurricane Harvey, which hit parts of Southern and Western Louisiana, as well as Texas.
The event featured an address by Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, who made the evening as "Zukunfortable" as possible. RADM Paul Thomas, commander of the Eight Coast Guard District, was also in attendance. The emcee for the event was Reggie Rivers, broadcaster, motivational speaker and former NFL running back who played six seasons with the Denver Broncos.
“Since the event’s inception in 1994 we have raised over $9 million for the benefit of the men and women of the United States Coast Guard,” said Susan Ludwig, president, Coast Guard Foundation in a press release. “The members of the Eighth District are often some of the first to be called when natural disasters strike. They go willingly and act with the utmost professionalism, even when many of their families are impacted by these same tragedies. We are humbled to recognize these brave individuals.”
With the help of the community, the Foundation provides scholarship and morale programs for local service members and their families, as well as those stationed across the country. In addition, the Foundation’s disaster relief program has provided more than $1.6 million to Coast Guard members impacted by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Louisiana Floods in 2016, and the three hurricanes that struck Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico last year.
Additional photos may be found here. To learn more about the Coast Guard Foundation or to help support its work, please visit www.coastguardfoundation.org.