Bonnie Hunt and Gary Sinise will be among the celebrities helping honor our service men and women on Saturday, October 16, 2010 in Navy Pier's historic Grand Ballroom. (News Release) In a twenty-eight year tradition, the USO of Illinois will host its annual USO Star-Spangled SaluteGala, Chicago's premier patriotic gala. The USO Salute Gala features a star-studded evening of entertainment and unparalleled military pageantry in honor and support of the men, women and families of the U.S. Armed Forces. Special guests and Chicago's own Bonnie Hunt will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies, "CSI NY's" Gary Sinise will perform with his Lt. Dan Band and ABC 7 Chicago's Stacey Baca will be a special presenter on behalf of Gold Star Families and Wounded Warriors. The event showcases unique performances by area military units, including the 85th Army Band, U.S. Navy Recruit Training Command 50 State Flag Unit, MEPCOM Joint Service Color Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard Silent Drill Team, and also features a USO "Toast to the Troops" Wine Auction, Silent Auction and Live Auction. Proceeds from the USO Salute Gala help the USO of Illinois provide care and comfort to military personnel living in, travelling through and deployed fromIllinois.
USO Star-Spangled Salute Gala
Saturday, October 16, 2010
6:00pm Red Carpet Reception
7:00pm Dinner & Evening Program
10:00pm Celebrity Entertainment
ABOUT THE USO of ILLINOIS: Since its founding in 1941, the USO has served as a private, civilian 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, powered by its many loyal volunteersand operating solely on the generosity of the American people, receiving no directgovernment funding. The USO of Illinois touches the lives of approximately 300,000active duty, guard and reserve military and military families every year with fourChicagoland USO Centers facilities and over 300 programs and services.
USO of Illinois Headquarters 333 S. Wabash Ave., 16th Floor Chicago, IL 60604 312-822-6699; 312-822-4435 fax. Visit uso.org/illinois