Elite Force will be Honored in Inaugural Palm Beach Benefit

Eric Boardman, Gail Coniglio, Jeremy Bivens

Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric Boardman, Palm Beach Mayor Gail Coniglio and Petty Officer 1st Class Jeremy Bivens at the dinner kickoff reception.

PALM BEACH, FL – The first-ever Navy SEAL “Palm Beach Evening of Tribute” honoring members of the special operations force and benefitting the Navy SEAL Foundation will be held Jan. 29, 2013, at the Beach Club in Palm Beach.

Admiral Eric T. Olson, USN Commander for the U.S. Special Operations Command, will be the featured guest speaker. Shortly before his retirement last year, Olsen had been awarded the title “Bull Frog” as the longest serving SEAL still on duty.

David Godshall, Rick Kaiser, Lt. Hector Delgado

David Godshall, Rick Kaiser and Lt. Hector Delgado

“He will be able to share the experience of being a Navy SEAL with attendees in a way few people could ever do,” said event chairwoman Rebecca Williams.

A kickoff cocktail party at Chez Jean-Pierre attracted more than 100 guests, including Palm Beach Mayor Gail Conigilo and town council members.

The Navy SEAL Foundation provides tragedy assistance and family support, scholarships and educational assistance and works to preserve the history and heritage of the Naval Special Warfare community.

David and Jeanne Rosow

David and Jeanne Rosow

Williams and co-chair Margery McCloskey hope to raise $250,000 for the Foundation through sponsorship and ticket sales for the Jan. 29 event. Organizations participating in the “Palm Beach Evening of Tribute” include the Navy League-Palm Beach Council and the only Navy SEAL Museum in the world, located in Fort Pierce, Florida.

Since Navy SEAL Team Six captured and killed Osama Bin Laden on May 2, 2011, Hollywood filmmakers, best-selling authors and TV producers have begun to feature the elite fighters, bringing much needed attention to a group that is often left out of mainstream fundraising efforts. Given the covert nature of their operations, there is normally very little insight shed on their everyday work.

Rebecca and Owen Williams

Rebecca and Owen Williams

Among others attending the kickoff reception held Nov. 26, 2012, were Rhoda and Dick Kleid, Ellen and Robert Kaufmann, Kay and Peter Lyons, Jean and William Matthews, Patricia McCloskey, Carol McCracken, Debbie and Dr. Bob Norris, Sally and Dick Phelps, Lynn and John Pohanka, Bill and Regina Diamond, Mike Pucillo, Katie and James Pressly, Julie and Rob Reveley, Jeanne and David Rosow, Betty and David Scaff, Susan and Jim Ballentine, Martha Brooks, Beatty and Dolph Cramer, Lisa and Jogn Cregan, Trish and Thorne Donnelley, Annette and Tony Dowell, Joan Fredricks, Rosemary and Dr. Richard Fritz, Robbin and Alex Gaudieri, Anna and Desmond Heathwood, Sarah and Al Irato, Sally and Bill Soter, Bill Strawbridge, Holly and Armando Tabernilla, Meg and Jack Toner, Wendy and Mike Walker, Julie and Tom Walker, Jane and Dean Woodman, and Beverly Yeager.

For more information, visit www.palmbeacheveningoftribute.com or call 561-444-8828.


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