The Coast Guard Foundation is pleased to host the 20th annual tribute to the Coast Guard 7th District, which will take place on November 8th at the Renaissance Vinoy Hotel in St. Petersburg, Florida. Register for this event online now.
The event will honor the members of a Clearwater, Florida-based helicopter crew for the heroism, dedication and aviation professionalism they displayed on January 18, 2013 while saving the lives of seven mariners from the 170-foot research vessel Seaprobe.
The individuals being honored are Lieutenant Commander Gary Scott, Lieutenant junior gradeTyler Monez, Flight Mechanic, Petty Officer 2nd Class Paul Turner and Rescue Swimmer, Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Salter.
Featured speakers will be Admiral Robert J. Papp, Commandant of the Coast Guard; Vice Admiral Robert Parker, Commander, Atlantic Area; and Rear Admiral John Korn, Commander of the 7th District. Colonel Mike Prendergast, United States Army (Retired), and Executive Director of The Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs will be the guest speaker. Colonel Prendergast is a Tampa native and a graduate of Clearwater Central Catholic High School. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, and served in a variety of command and staff positions over the course of his Army career.
The dinner committee chairman is local businessman and philanthropist Ed Ameen. The committee also includes Florida State Representative Kathleen Peters and other local leaders and community members.
The 20th annual dinner event will be emceed by Dick Crippen, senior advisor for the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team and will be attended by Master Chief Eric Kalita, Command Master Chief of Jacksonville-based HITRON, and his daughter Sydney — a Coast Guard Foundation scholarship recipient and University of South Florida student, where she is pursuing a degree in the medical field. Also in attendance will be Commander Bruce Melnick, USCG (Ret.), a Clearwater native, and the first Coast Guard aviator to become an astronaut.
"We are honored to host this tribute to the brave members of the US Coast Guard's Seventh District who enforce maritime law, protect our homeland and preserve the environment in throughout the south; and are very happy to have such a distinguished list of speakers and guests at this year's dinner event," said Anne Brengle, president, Coast Guard Foundation. "We proudly support the Coast Guard and truly appreciate the help our donors and constituents provide so that we can continue our mission to provided education, support and relief for these heroes."
The Coast Guard Foundation's 2013 Tribute to the Coast Guard in the Seventh District, celebrating the bravery of the men and women serving throughout the southern United States