The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education, welfare and morale of all Coast Guard members and their families, has announced the 32nd Annual Salute to the United States Coast Guard will honor The Weather Channel, and the American Bureau of Shipping and its chairman, Robert D. Somerville, on Thursday, Oct. 11 in New York City.
The event, which will be hosted by the “Today” show’s Al Roker, pays tribute to the brave U.S. Coast Guard heroes who risk their lives to save others.
“The Salute to the Coast Guard honors heroes who risk their lives to save others in need,” said Anne B. Brengle, president, Coast Guard Foundation, in a foundation press release. “These brave individuals deserve our admiration and respect, as well as our support.”
Featured guests for the evening also include Veronica Kelly and her husband, New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly. The attendance of Veronica Kelly, a former Coast Guard reservist, highlights the importance reserve members play in protecting the nation’s shores and freedom, the foundation says.
The dinner committee chairman is Clay Maitland, managing partner of International Registries, Inc., who has served on the Coast Guard Foundation’s board of trustees for 16 years.
For more than 25 years, American Bureau of Shipping has been a strong supporter of the Foundation and its mission. More recently, under Robert Somerville’s leadership, ABS has supported the sailing program at the Coast Guard Academy, scholarship programs for enlisted members, and special projects that benefit Coast Guard members and their families across the country.
“Throughout his career that spans five decades, Mr. Somerville has been an ardent supporter of the United States Coast Guard and the brave men and women who serve around the world,” Brengle says. “The Foundation is proud to pay tribute and thank Mr. Somerville and ABS for their long-time support of our mission.”
The Weather Channel will also be honored for the impact it has had highlighting the important and dangerous mission of the Coast Guard, which it features in two TV docu-series, Coast Guard Alaska and Coast Guard Florida, produced by Al Roker Entertainment. Mr. Roker serves as executive producer on both series and hosts The Weather Channel’s popular morning program, “Wake Up with Al.”
“Those who work closely with the Coast Guard know how vital their mission is, but now the general public has a front row seat thanks to The Weather Channel,” Brengle says.
For over 40 years, the Coast Guard Foundation has been committed to inspiring leadership, learning and a proud legacy of service to our nation by supporting the men of women of the United States Coast Guard. The foundation provides higher education grants to enlisted personnel, reservists and their children, higher education financial support for families of Coast Guard members lost in the line of duty, financial relief to Coast Guard families who have lost possessions in natural disasters, and support for morale programs, including funding recreation, exercise and family-oriented facilities.
To reserve a table or purchase tickets for the Coast Guard Foundation’s 32nd Annual Salute to the United States Coast Guard visit the foundation website, or call its Benefit Office in New York City at (212) 245-6570 or its national headquarters at 860-535-0786.