The Hearts of Valor Ball is the Heart of a Marine's biggest fundraiser. This year, it is being held Feb. 16 at the Schaumburg Marriott and tickets are available. Visit www.heartofamarine.org for tickets.
Roy Frank says while the ball opening is always a moving ceremony, "we keep the Gold Star references to a minimum."
The ball, he says, is "a celebration of military service and sacrifice," including active military members, who are invited to attend for free and treated like royalty; veterans of all eras; military families; and people who support the work that Heart Of A Marine does.
It's an opportunity, Frank says, to give them a night out, a six-hour party.
There's music and dancing and a special recognition and "welcome home" for Vietnam veterans. A choir sings the anthem of each branch of service.
If you go
When: 6 p.m.-midnight
Where: Chicago Marriott Schaumburg, 50 N. Martingale Road, Schaumburg
What: Dinner, dancing, open beverage stations, silent and live auctions
Tickets: $100 per person
Civilian dress: Black-tie optional
Military dress: Dress Blues, Dress Mess, or Class 'A' Uniforms preferred
Guest speaker: Capt. Sean Parnell, USA (Ret) former Airborne Ranger and authorCopyright © 2014 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.