Salem Mayor Janet Taylor and the Board of Directors for the Oregon War Veterans Association (OWVA) are hosting the first Mayoral Veteran’s Ball and Awards Dinner Friday, November 16th, at the Salem Convention Center.
This formal event is open to the public, and will celebrate Oregon’s US Military Veterans and members of Oregon’s Military. Several awards will be presented to 12 Oregonians for military leadership, citizenship and veteran services.
Congresswoman Darlene Hooley will be presented the OWVA Citizenship Award, for her service to Oregon’s Veterans. Other Citizenship awards will be presented to Salem Mayor, Janet Taylor, State Representatives- Donna Nelson, Jeff Barker and Former Speaker Karen Minnis. Q Madp, from IraqWarHeroes.org will also receive the citizenship award for his incredible work for the families of fallen members of Oregon’s military family.
Brigadier General Mike Caldwell and Brigadier General Doug Pritt will receive the OWVA Military Leadership Awards, for their dedication and service, which has affected the positive morale of the Oregon National Guard.
The OWVA Veteran Service Awards will be presented to Veteran Lobbyist, H.A. “Mac” MacDonald and Oregon Department of Veteran’s Affairs Director Jim Willis.
OWVA’s highest award- the OWVA DeShazer Award, will be presented to Mr. Del Smith, from Evergreen Aviation, and to VFW Member Dennis Guthrie, from Redmond. “The DeShazer Award” honors Oregonian Jake DeShazer (WWII Doolittle Raider) who was a POW in Japan, and after the war returned to Japan as a minister to help General MacArthur in the post-war reconciliation effort. DeShazer Awardees are combat veterans who devote a large part of their civilian lives to humanitarian or charitable endeavors.
OWVA- Mayoral Veteran’s Ball
Time: 7 PM Dinner and Awards. 8 PM Veteran’s Ball.
Place: Salem Convention Center, 200 Commercial St, Salem- Willamette Ballroom
Attire: Formal/ Semi Formal
Cost: Free for Military and Veterans; Families of vets or military: $15.00 at the door; Others: $25.00 at the door.
A Special VIP reception is also being held at 6 PM; Cost $250.00 charitable contribution to OWVA
Please RSVP by Tuesday- November 13th, 2007