THE MEDAL OF HONOR BOB HOPE PATRIOT AWARD GALA

SATURDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 13th, 2018

The Medal of Honor Bob Hope Patriot Award Gala

Proceeds from the Gala will benefit the Medal of Honor Society and Foundation Character Development Program. (learn more)

When:
Saturday Evening, October 13th 2018
Cocktails 5:30pm – 7:00 pm
Ballroom Doors Open 7:15pm

Where:
Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel (hotel info)
4440 W. John Carpenter Fwy
Irving, TX 75063
972-929-8400

Dress:
Formal, Black Tie, Mess Dress, Business

Proceeds from the Gala will benefit the Medal of Honor Society and Foundation Character Development Program.

The Medal of Honor Character Development Program is a resource designed by teachers to provide students with opportunities to explore the important concepts of courage, commitment, sacrifice, patriotism, integrity and citizenship and how these values can be exemplified in daily life. Connecting young people to the importance of citizenship through opportunities in Science and Technology is an important focus of the Character Development Program, this years gala will feature a special presentation of the iBOT Mobility Device by Dean Kamen, an American engineer, inventor, and businessman. He is best known for his invention of the Segway, as well as founding FIRST an international youth organization that operates the FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST LEGO League, FIRST LEGO League Jr., and FIRST Tech Challenge competitions.

Honoring Dale A. Dye – Marine, Actor, Author, Film Consultant

The Bob Hope gala honors an individual in the entertainment industry who have gone above and beyond to support our nation’s military through entertainment. This year’s award will be presented to Captain Dale Adam Dye Jr., USMC (ret) an American actor, technical advisor, radio personality, and writer.

Dale Dye

Dale Dye is one of the most recognized and respected players in the movie and TV industry. His work has had huge effect both behind and before the cameras, particularly in projects with a military theme. He has been credited with single-handedly changing the way Hollywood makes war movies.

Dale is a native of Southeast Missouri. In 1962, he graduated as a cadet officer from Missouri Military Academy with hopes of attending the U.S. Naval Academy. When that failed and there was no money available for college, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and reported to boot camp in January 1964. He served in Vietnam in 1965 and 1967 through 1970 surviving 31 major combat operations. He emerged from Southeast Asia highly decorated including the Bronze Star with V for Valor and three Purple Hearts for wounds suffered in combat. He spent 13 years as an enlisted Marine, rising to the rank of Master Sergeant before he was chosen to attend Officer Candidate School. Appointed a Warrant Officer in 1976, he later converted his commission and was a Captain when he was sent to Beirut with the Multinational Peacekeeping Force in 1982-83. He served in a variety of assignments around the world and along the way managed to graduate with a degree in English from the University of Maryland.

As a lifelong movie buff with a special penchant for war movies, Dale decided to head for Hollywood when he retired from active duty in 1984. His idea was to see if he could help make war movies more realistic and improve screen portrayals of military men and women. He founded Warriors, Inc., a business with the stated agenda of shining some long-overdue positive light on the people who serve and sacrifice in American military uniform past, present and future. Over the years, Dale built his business into the premier military consultancy to motion pictures and television employing his well-respected, rugged and realistic method of fully immersing actors in a boot camp-style training program before the cameras roll. To date his firm has worked on more than fifty movies and TV shows including several Academy Award and Emmy winning productions. To further his agenda, Dale also founded Warriors Publishing Group which publishes a premium slate of military-themed books written by veteran authors.

Dale Dye is a published novelist, screenwriter and director as well as a consummate character actor with critically-acclaimed appearances in many films and television productions. He is a frequent speaker to business and civic groups on the application of military planning and organizational leadership principles to other organizations.

Chef. Robert Irvine

Featuring Entertainment by renowned recording artists Lee Greenwood, Michael Hix and Steve Amerson.

Lee Greenwood

Lee Greenwood is an ICON in country music, with more than 30 albums to his credit. In fact, MCA released an album in 2013 called ICON.

With seven #1 songs & 25 charted singles his hits include: “It Turns Me Inside Out”, “Ring On Her Finger Time on Her Hands”, ”She’s Lyin”, “I don’t Mind the Thorns if You’re the Rose”, “Dixie Road”, “Somebody’s Gonna Love You”, “Going Going Gone”, “You Got A Good Love Comin”, “Fools Gold”, and “Mornin Ride”. Several cross over hits include, “Touch & Go Crazy”, “IOU” and the duet with Barbara Mandrell, “To Me”. An additional duet with Suzie Boggus, “Hopelessly Yours”, was nominated for a Grammy. The CD “American Patriot”, recorded & released in 1992, went Platinum in 3 months. (read more)

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Michael Hix

You can’t help but be drawn in by the magnetic charm and wit of Michael Hix. His vocal abilities range from baritone to a high soprano. Vocally, there isn’t much Michael can’t do. However, what’s really impressive about him is his ability to capture an audience and hold their attention for hours. There is no better entertainer, that’s why he’s been dubbed “The Worlds Greatest Entertainer.” If you haven’t seen him in action, you are missing out. He will lift your spirits, make you laugh, cry with joy, and leave you feeling satisfied and excited. (read more)

Steve Amerson

Steve Amerson has established a reputation as an excellent tenor with a vocal flexibility that allows him to feel at home in both popular/contemporary music and classical literature. With a wealth and depth of performance experience, Steve is known as America’s Tenor.

Steve has been a featured soloist with major symphonies in the United States and abroad including performances at the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall.

Steve was one of three tenors chosen to record demonstration tracks used by Luciano Pavarotti, Placido
Domingo and Jose Carreras in preparation for their “The 3 Tenors” performances throughout the world. He has recorded 18 solo CDs of sacred, Broadway, Christmas and patriotic selections.

Steve Armeson

Steve Amerson has established a reputation as an excellent tenor with a vocal flexibility that allows him to feel at home in both popular/contemporary music and classical literature. With a wealth and depth of performance experience, Steve is known as America’s Tenor.

Steve has been a featured soloist with major symphonies in the United States and abroad including performances at the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall.

Steve was one of three tenors chosen to record demonstration tracks used by Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras in preparation for their “The 3 Tenors” performances throughout the world. He has recorded 18 solo CDs of sacred, Broadway, Christmas and patriotic selections.

His voice can be heard on over 175 feature films and numerous television shows including War For The Planet of The Apes, Star Wars Rogue One, La La Land, Star Trek Into Darkness, The Lorax, Pacific Rim, Get Smart, Meet the Robinsons, Matrix Revolutions, Matrix Reloaded, King Kong, Fantastic Four, The Patriot, Amistad, Contact, Indiana Jones; Temple of Doom, Glory, Home Alone, Beauty and The Beast, Aladdin, The Hunt for Red October, commercials for Ford Trucks, Honda, Nissan, Toyota, Kibbles & Bits, Diet Coke, Spree, Mercedes, Texaco, IBM, and Delta Airlines and video games such as World of Warcraft.

Since 2006, Steve has performed for Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation and Society events throughout the United States. In 2009, he was presented the “Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment” by the Medal of Honor Society. He performs for countless events in support of those who serve in the military and military families including Snowball Express and the Gary Sinise Foundation.

Steve and his wife, Kristine have two adult children and make their home in Southern California.

Master of Ceremonies, Doug Dunbar

Doug Dunbar is co-anchor of CBS 11 News at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.

He is passionate about bringing Dallas-Fort Worth viewers the news that affects their lives, but he’s equally dedicated to making a real difference in the community. In 2016, Doug competed in the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kona, Hawaii as part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program. In less than two years since, he has single handedly raised $235,000 to support the fight against cancer. One his own mother is waging right now, against a terminal leukemia.

Doug has been honored with multiple EMMY Awards for his work, and in 2014, he was recognized with a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for his reporting on a group of local D Day veterans’ emotional return to Normandy, France. Doug’s support for members of our armed forces and their families is very personal; He lost his father, U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Clarence Dunbar, in Vietnam. He was then raised by his mom, Inge, who — among many other things — taught him to speak German fluently.

An accomplished pilot, Doug is one of the few civilians who’ve ever had to chance to fly both the F-16 and the FA-18.And random fact: he’s a former National Champion and record holder (since broken!) in the obscure sport of barefoot waterskiing!

However, Doug will tell you that nothing in the world is more important to him than his role as husband and proud daddy of two wonderful kids, who are his world.

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