Saluting Stories of Service Gala

This annual fundraising gala dinner welcomes 300 guests who will enjoy mystery boxes, special auction items, dancing to big band swing music, and more! Col. Thomas H. Kirk, Jr., USAF (Ret.) will receive the 2020 Storyteller’s Award. Thomas Kirk was a United States Air Force fighter pilot, who served 28 years on active duty before his retirement in 1978. He is a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. Tom has inspired thousands of students by sharing his story of service and life lessons resulting from his survival as a prisoner of war in the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” for five-and-a-half years. Tom imparts lessons of determination, resilience, and positive thinking. For his combat leadership and heroism, he was awarded the Air Force Cross, four Silver Stars, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, seven Air Medals and the Purple Heart. 5:00 PM - Cocktail Reception in Pavilion 6:00 PM - Dinner, Special Presentations, Mystery Boxes & Auction Items in Grand Ballroom 8:00 PM - Dancing Attire is black-tie optional.


Hilton Scottsdale Resort and Villas
6333 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
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