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Hearts of Valor Ball

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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 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 author

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