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Second Annual Cocktail Celebration of the Irish Season Supporting Military Charities featuring Anthony Kearns

You're Invited to an Evening of Fine Music & Cocktails celebrating the Irish Season benefiting Military Charities featuring Master of Ceremonies Larry Michael, world-renowned tenor Anthony Kearns, featured speaker Jas Boothe - former Army Captain and other speakers to be announced.

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Entertainer: World-renowned tenor Anthony Kearns

Anthony Kearns first took the American television audience by storm in 1999 as the youngest member of The Irish Tenor. His solo career includes concerts, high-profile celebrity engagements, major television appearances, operas, and collaborations with some of the world's most renowned orchestras. He has had the honor of performing for three U.S. Presidents.

Master of Ceremonies: Larry Michael

Larry Michael is a 10-time Emmy Award winner who serves as the “Voice of the Washington Redskins.” He also hosts Redskins Nation on a daily basis on ComcastSports Net as well the Redskins Coaches Show with Jay Gruden on NBC-4.

Reception: The ticketed-reception will feature select premium wines and delicious hors d'oeuvres. There will be a V.I.P. Reception after the main event, which will include Irish-inspired cocktails and desserts by renowned Salamander pastry chef, Jason Reaves, winner of the Food Network's LEGO Cake Challenge.

Program: Expect a brief, powerful program that will shine a light on our nation's military heroes including a Presentation of the National Colors by the United States Marine Color Guard from I-I Washington.

We look forward to hearing from former Army Captain Jas Boothe, founder of Final Salute, Inc., who told her story of helping homeless combat female vets to PEOPLE Magazine, and from Linda Davidson, founder of Our Military Kids, a nonprofit that supports the children of deployed military troops.

Charity Sponsor: Our Military Kids

Our Military Kids provides tangible support to the children of deployed National Guard and Reserve personnel and wounded warriors of all branches of service through grants for sports, fine arts and tutoring that nurture and sustain the children during the time a parent is away in service to our country. Compassion for children who have a parent deployed in military service to our country is what inspired Linda Davidson and Gail Kruzel to found Our Military Kids in 2004. Our Military Kids is a 501(c)3 organization headquartered in McLean, Virginia. For more information, visit:

About Event Co-Chairs: Susan Allen and Martha-Ann Bomgardner Alito

Susan Allen, First Lady of Va (1994-'98), daughter of Marine fighter pilot who served 2 tours in Viet Nam. New author of a children's book, The Remarkable Ronald Reagan. Political and motivational speaker. Advocate for Virginia's tourism industry and exploring the great outdoors. Participant in many charitable activities, especially those related to health, wellness and children.

Martha-Ann Bomgardner Alito grew up traveling the world as the only child of an Air Force Air Traffic controller and a librarian. Currently, she advocates for personal civic responsibility and active military and Veteran issues. Since 2008, she has facilitated visits by war wounded soliders to the Supreme Court. She is a member of the Law Library of Congress and American Bar Association committee that celebrates the 800th anniversary this year of the Magna Carta which underpins the philosophy of the rights we enjoy in our constitution and our laws.

Special Benefits for Guests:

    • The Salamander Resort & Spa is offering an exclusive hotel rate for guests: $225 per night (plus tax etc.). Hotel discount code is HEROES0228. In addition, overnight guests may enjoy a complimentary wine tasting in the Gold Cup Bar on Sun., Feb. 29 at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon tea, horseback riding, and spa reservations are also available. Please call Salamander directly: (540) 687-3600.
    • Our group may request a complimentary enhancement for Spa appointments, worth $25 when they book a 50 minute Well Being Massage -- use code "Spa Heroes."
    • Note: Saturday bookings are going fast, although Sunday still has many openings.
    • Convenient parking behind resort, and private transportation (complimentary) within a 5-mile radius to take you to nearby shops, restaurants, historic sites, wineries, and much more!

INVITED V.I.P. GUESTS: Invited special guests include Salamander's top management, as well as top elected officials, military and business leaders, sports figures and other V.I.P.s.

In addition special Invited Guests include:

    • Governor Terry McAuliffe 
    • Senator Tim Kaine 
    • Senator Mark Warner
    • Congresswoman Barbara Comstock
    • Congressman Gerry Connolly 
    • Mayor of Middleburg Betsy Davis
    • State Senator Jill Vogel
    • Colonel Jim Hickey 
    • Congressman Steve Russell 
    • United States Marine Color Guard from I-I Washington
    • Embassy of Ireland 
    • Other


The news is that Greenhill Winery & Vineyards is our Official Wine Sponsor. (The owner, David Greenhill, is a graduate of The U.S. Air Force Academy.)

We are pleased to announce that designers Shelly Richards and Lee Foster will be on hand for a Champagne Trunk Show for their exclusive fine jewelry line.
Foster-Richards will be donating a special jewelry piece for auction during our Special Evening on February 28. Proceeds from the sale will go to Our Military Kids.

About Greenhill Winery and Vineyard: 

"Salamander Resort & Spa is honored to be the host of this exciting and meaningful event. Our partners are all committed to offering an evening that will fill our guests' stomachs with great food and drink, their ears with music from one of the world's best tenors, and provide strong support for our returning veterans and their families. This is a unique opportunity and we are so thankful for the tireless work that has gone into this evening."

Salamander General Manager Reggie Cooper