USO Stars & Stripes Gala

On May 18th, attendees gathered at the San Diego Marriott Marquis to celebrate and honor the USO San Diego’s 78th Annual Stars and Stripes Gala: Stand Up for Liberty: Ernest Rady Philanthropist, Businessman and Entrepreneur received the America Eagle Award and Gary Sinise Academy Award Winner & Founder of the Gary Sinise Foundation received the Patriot Award. Co-Chairs include Hélène and George Gould, Reena and Sam Horowitz, Arlene and Richard Esgate, Jeanne Jones, and Stephanie Brown. TV personalities, Nichelle Medina and Lisa Remillard, served as emcees for the evening. The Gala celebrates the strong, enduring relationship between San Diego and our Armed Forces, and featured the stories of San Diego service members as they share their experiences and inspire us with their bravery. Gala entertainment for the evening included Las Vegas headliner, Frankie Moreno, and his 10-piece band. For the third year, National Anthem Singer, Painter, and TV personality, Joe Everson, showcased his talents at the gala.

Founded in 1941, the USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home, and country throughout their service to the nation. The organization operates USO centers on military installations across the United States and throughout the world, including in combat zones, and even unstaffed USO service sites in places too dangerous for anyone but combat troops to occupy. In San Diego, USO San Diego offers a wide range of services for traveling members and their families. The organization’s many specialized programs provide a continuum of support to men and women throughout their journey, from the first time they put on their uniform, until they leave military service.

Photography by Gilda Adler