• PMC’s Gerry Byrne, Team Rubicon’s Jake Wood and Headstrong’s Zach Iscol, Co-Chairs
• The Commandant of The Marine Corps, General David Berger, Military Guest of Honor
• General Joseph Dunford USMC (ret.), “Marine for Life” Award
• The First Annual “David Dinkins’ Vanguard Honor” to the Montford Point Marines
• Performance by The United States Marine Corps Drum & Bugle Corps
For the 23rd consecutive year, a NYC Gala, this year virtual, will toast the birthday of The United States Marine Corps, its 245th. Traditionally held at the Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum, this year’s celebration will be produced, packaged and distributed by the ViacomCBS Veterans Network. PlutoTV will carry the Gala hosted by Jim Axelrod with special appearances by former recipients of the Gala’s Corporal Allen J. Striffler “Marine for Life” award. General David Berger, Commandant of the Marine Corps will be the Military Guest of Honor and General Joseph Dunford, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be honored with the 2020 “Marine for Life” award. The United States Marine Corps Drum & Bugle Corps will perform and a cake cutting ceremony will highlight the celebration.
The first annual “Honorable David Dinkins Vanguard Honor” will also become a staple of this event. David Dinkins was the first and only, to date, African American Mayor of New York (1990-93) The Honor will be presented each year to a person or to an entity for a “visionary” contribution to the Corps. The inaugural recipient, the Montford Point Marine Association, were the first African-Americans to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps after President Franklin Roosevelt issued an Executive Order establishing the Fair Employment Practices Commission in June 1941. The recruits trained at Camp Montford Point in Jacksonville, NC from August 26, 1942 until the camp was decommissioned on September 9, 1949. The largest number of black Marines to serve in combat during WW II took part in the seizure of Okinawa, with approximately 2,000 seeing action. Gerry Byrne and PMC are sponsoring this award.
This NYC Gala was launched in 1998 by Marines Gerry Byrne and actor, Harvey Keitel. It was created to send, from the media capital of the world, a positive Thank You to America’s family of Marines who have served both in peace and in conflict.
The United States Marine Corps was founded on November 10, 1775 at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia.
About NYC Marine Corps Birthday Gala: The NYC Marine Corps Birthday Gala is a 501©3 that was created in 2019 to raise funds to support veterans related charities. Visit nycusmcbirthdaygala.org for more information.
About Team Rubicon: TEAM RUBICON serves communities by mobilizing veterans to continue their service by leveraging their skills and experience to help people prepare, respond, and recover from disasters and humanitarian crises. Founded following the Haiti earthquake in 2010, the organization has grown to over 130,000 volunteers across the United States and has launched over 700 operations both domestically and internationally. Amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, Team Rubicon has not only pivoted to be able to continue to deliver disaster response and rebuild services in core mission areas, but has also expanded their scope of missions to meet community needs brought about by COVID. This has required the development of extensive protocols that allow its volunteers, also known as Greyshirts, to swiftly and safely continue to deliver on its core mission of disaster response which has recently included operations for Hurricanes Laura, Isaias, Hanna and the recent derecho in the Midwest. Team Rubicon has also adapted its capabilities to respond to the pandemic by assisting in activities such as food delivery to at-risk populations, coordination and logistics support for those in temporary quarantine, and opportunities for volunteers to help their neighbors through individual acts of service. Additionally, Team Rubicon has helped local, state, and federal partners with a direct medical response, including running mobile testing sites, decompressing hospitals, and providing on-site medical assistance. Visit teamrubiconusa.org for more information.
About Headstrong: As one of the nation’s leading mental health treatment practices for post-9/11 veterans, military service members and families, Headstrong is committed to improving lives and reducing barriers to effective mental health care and delivering industry leading outcomes. Since our inception in 2012, Headstrong has delivered life-altering, mental health treatment to thousands of veterans, service members and their family members. Now offering virtual and in-person treatment options for clients impacted by COVID-19 across 11 states and 27 program markets, the Headstrong clinical network includes hundreds of experienced, culturally competent trauma clinicians, including psychiatrists, psychologists, and licensed clinical social workers and who treat an average of 1,000 clients per month. Through its relationship with Weill Cornell Medicine, itself a world-class health care system, Headstrong’s differentiating and evidence-based clinical stance offers clients a range of stigma, barrier, and cost-free treatment options, all individually tailored to their needs, to ensure the best clinical experience possible. To learn more, visit getheadstrong.org
About ViacomCBS Veterans Network: The ViacomCBS Veterans Network, works tirelessly to make sure that the sacrifices of our Nation’s Veterans and their families are never forgotten and will ensure that the ViacomCBS is doing all it can to promote the well-being of its Veteran employees. ViacomCBS is very proud of the over 1000 Veterans who are currently working at ViacomCBS. Their dedication and sacrifice are reminders that the highest expression of patriotism is military service. The ViacomCBS Veterans Network offers Veteran, active duty, National Guard, and Reserve employees a forum for connecting, networking, and for personal and professional development. It also provides a much-needed community and support for veterans and their family members. In addition, the ViacomCBS Veterans Network makes sure that we never forget our obligation to the more than 22 million living Veterans in the United States, especially the nearly 2.6 million who nobly answered the call of service after the events of September 11, 2001. viacomcbsvetnet.com