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October 06, 2016 12:39 ET

Celebrities Stand Together as a Force Behind the Forces for USO's 75th Anniversary Gala Hosted by Ryan Seacrest

Star-Studded Awards Dinner Honors Military Families, Recognizes USO Supporters and Volunteers

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - October 06, 2016) -

WHAT:
2016 USO Gala: Honoring Those Who Serve

WHEN:
Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016
5:30 p.m. - Welcome Reception/Red Carpet
7 p.m. - Dinner and Evening Program

WHERE:
DAR Constitution Hall
1776 D Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

WHO:
Master of Ceremonies: Ryan Seacrest, television and radio show host/producer

Featured Entertainment: Zac Brown Band, USO tour veteran and three-time Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum artists

CEO and President of the USO, Dr. J.D. Crouch II

Menu curated by: Robert Irvine, celebrity chef and 2014-2016 USO Gala menu designer

National Anthem: Janine Stange, singer and motivational speaker

Special Guests/USO Tour Veterans:

  • Alex Trebek, "Jeopardy!" host
  • Ann-Margret, Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award-winning actress
  • Carla Hall, celebrity chef, author and co-host of ABC's "The Chew"
  • Craig Morgan, country music star and television host/U.S. Army veteran
  • Deshauna Barber, Miss USA 2016 and Captain for the 988th Quartermaster Detachment Unit
  • Kellie Pickler, country music star and television personality
  • Nigel Barker, internationally renowned photographer and New York Times best-seller
  • Trace Adkins, multi-platinum recording artist and actor

USO Service Member of the Year Award Honorees

  • USO Soldier of the Year: First Sergeant Melanie D. Scott
  • USO Marine of the Year: Sergeant Terryn K. Thompson
  • USO Sailor of the Year: Petty Officer Second Class Gary L. Arbuckle, Jr.
  • USO Airman of the Year: Staff Sergeant Jonathan R. Bellio
  • USO Coast Guardsman of the Year: Petty Officer Richard A. Steidell
  • USO National Guardsman of the Year: Staff Sergeant Clinton E. Brown

The Janice K. Emmert USO Volunteer of the Year Award Honorees

  • Ralph Nelsen, USO Osan Air Base, Overseas Recipient
  • Ron Meier, Bob Hope USO Palm Springs, Stateside Recipient

Spirit of the USO Award Honoree

  • The Coca-Cola Company

WHY:
Some of today's most recognized stars in TV, music, food and fashion will make their way to our nation's capital to attend the 2016 USO Gala at DAR Constitution Hall to honor our nation's service members October 20. The group - most of whom are members of the USO 75th Anniversary Honorary Committee - will gather to celebrate the USO's milestone year. Among the long-time USO friends/special guests are: "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek; Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winning actress Ann-Margret; celebrity chef, author and co-host of ABC's "The Chew" Carla Hall; country music star and television host/U.S. Army veteran Craig Morgan; Miss USA 2016 Deshauna Barber; country music star and television personality Kellie Pickler; internationally renowned photographer and New York Times best-seller Nigel Barker and multi-platinum recording artist and actor Trace Adkins.

As previously announced, renowned television and radio show host/producer Ryan Seacrest will serve as Master of Ceremonies with three-time Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum artists, Zac Brown Band performing as featured entertainment. Celebrity chef and USO tour veteran Robert Irvine designed the evening's menu, and singer and motivational speaker, Janine Stange, will perform the National Anthem.

Hundreds are expected to join the stars as the USO presents its USO Service Member of the Year Award to a service member from each branch of America's Armed Forces. The Janice K. Emmert USO Volunteer of the Year Award will also be presented to two USO volunteers - one working out of a stateside USO center and the other from an overseas center. Guests, ranging from Washington dignitaries, celebrities and members of Congress to USO corporate sponsors and members of the USO Board of Governors, will watch as the USO presents its Spirit of the USO Award to The Coca-Cola Company in recognition of their 75-year partnership.

SPONSORS:

Chairman
Deloitte
National Football League
PenFed Credit Union

Vice Chairman
Johnson & Johnson
Pritzker Military Museum & Library
USAA

Premier
Chevron
Huntington Ingalls Industries
FedEx
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Yokota Foundation

Four Star
Altria
Ernst & Young, LLP
FTD
Proctor & Gamble

Three Star
AT&T
The Coca-Cola Company
Express Scripts - Federal Pharmacy Services
Jeep
NewDay USA
United Healthcare
Worth Linen Associates

NOTE: For more information about the USO Gala visit USO.org/Gala or contact gala@USO.org. For media inquiries please email amclellan@uso.org.

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