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Monday, October 4, 2010

NIGHTLIGHT: The Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’, Coast Guard and Airmen’s Club Military Ball

More than 250 guests attended The Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’, Coast Guard and Airmen’s Club Military Ball last Friday at the Pierre Hotel in New York City. Every year SSMAC honors a branch of the United States Military and this year, the United States Army is being saluted with patriotic fanfare and festivities.  It was a smashing success!

On-hand was Tony Sirico of “The Sopranos” and “The Last Honeymooner,” Joyce Randolph

Those honored at this annual event received hand-cast brass eagles to commemorate the evening. Military honorees included General Peter W. Chiarelli, Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army and John M. McHugh, Secretary of the United States Army. Accepting the awards for these two distinguished honorees is Army Lieutenant General William J. Troy, Director of Army Staff.       

The SSMAC Distinguished Media Achievement Award was presented to television personality and author and our Mover and Shaker Rita Cosby by WPIX-TV legend Marvin Scott, who received the award last year. Dr. and Mrs. Robert D. Wickham, longtime supporters of SSMAC, also were honored for their service to the Club.  

Here is Rita as a Mover and Shaker:
Congratulations Rita!!!

Also in attendance were: SSMAC Chairman Ivan Obolensky; Cynthia and Tony Maltese; Maris M. Van Alen; Margaret and Gregory Hedberg; Alan Z. FeuerMarvin and Lorri Scott; Katie R. GardnerCountess Nicholas Bobrinskoy (Tania) and Mrs. Ryland E.D Chase. Music was by Alex Donner and his Orchestra.  

Proceeds from the evening benefited SSMAC,, a non-profit organization that, since 1919, has provided warm, friendly, and safe accommodations for more than two and a half million men and women of the armed forces, as well as those of our allies. 

Peachy Deegan enjoyed seeing and meeting:
Rita Cosby
Vince McGowan, a Marine in Vietnam
Alicia & Neil F. Murphy, Jr.
Margaret & Dr. Gregory Hedberg, oooh we love people from Hartford!
Arnold Albert of The Advisory Board, Brigadier General
Leo J. Wisniewski
Karen Murphy
Heather Watka, 2nd Class Coast Guard
Caroline Gilmore, 2nd Class Coast Guard
Sarah Hohenberger, 3rd Class Coast Guard
Pat Kelly, 4th Class Coast Guard
Paul Junghans, 1st Class Coast Guard
Sarah Scheaffer, 1st Class Coast Guard
Logan Donahey, 2nd Class Coast Guard
Sam Ruby, 3rd Class Coast Guard
Dr. Robert Newton, Director of Glee Club at the Coast Guard
(They sang The National Anthem (a soloist), American Salute and Armed Forces Medley)
Annemarie Frank
Dan McSweeney
Kareen Lacroix, Navy 2nd Class Petty Officer
Issac Frutos, Staff Sargent Army Recruiter
Lavar Jackson, Sargent in the Army
Charles T. Gray, Sargent 1st Class

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