The annual Patriots Ball is the signature fundraiser for Southwest Veterans Chamber of Commerce (SWVCC) and Southwest Veterans Foundation (SWVF). This incredible event is the primary source of funds supporting SWVF’s scholarship and philanthropy programs. The Patriots Ball provides an elegant evening featuring a delicious dinner, musical entertainment and dancing, and a celebration of those who have served our country with honor and bravery.
The Patriots Ball also offers SWVCC and SWVF the opportunity to highlight businesses, nonprofit organizations, and individuals who are steadfast in their support of Veterans and active duty military throughout our Arizona community. This year, three awards will be presented.
The annual Patriots Shield Award recognizes a Corporate Partner of the Year. Past recipients include USAA, Southwest Gas, and SRP. The 2018 Patriots Shield Award winner will be announced at the Patriots Ball.
The Lincoln Award recognizes an organization as Veterans Advocate of the Year. This year’s nominees include:
Veterans Medical Leadership Council (VMLC) – Phoenix, AZ
The mission of the VMLC is to provide a forum for community leaders to advocate initiatives that enhance the quality of veteran’s health care and services in Maricopa County, and to raise funds for patients and programs at the Phoenix VA Health Care System and the State Veteran Home that fall outside federal and state funding guidelines.
Operation Freedom Bird (OFB) – Scottsdale, AZ
Operation Freedom Bird is a non-profit group providing a unique Healing Journey and therapeutic program aimed at helping Arizona combat veterans, from all wars, continue the process to heal from their symptoms of PTSD and unresolved grief/loss. The four day journey in DC provides an opportunity to share their experiences, and pay tribute to their fallen comrades-in-arms in a supportive environment of fellow Veterans and concerned counselors.
MANA House – Phoenix, AZ
MANA House is a peer-run organization of homeless and formerly homeless veterans offering personal, individualized basic resources, community and advocacy for all veterans. MANA House is a transitional housing facility that provides 50+ clients a place to stay. A separate veterans outreach center called Andre House provides outreach to homeless veterans needing computer access, phone access, job information and matching to other services.
Rancho Milagro Foundation – Scottsdale, AZ
Mission: Rancho Milagro (ranch of miracles) is a non-profit, faith-based ministry formulated to bring Equine Therapy and Healing to survivors of sexual abuse, sex trafficking, Veterans of Foreign wars suffering from PTSD, as well as a place of rest and solitude for the wonderful and gifted people and ministers who work with these survivors daily. The therapy involves the client interacting with the horse alongside the clinical therapists and horse specialist in a calm and safe environment. The goal is to help clients learn to deal with their anger and manage the emotions associated with severe trauma.
U.S. Vets, Phoenix – Phoenix, AZ
U.S. Vets is a national organization providing a full range of services including transitional and permanent housing, female veterans support, job assistance and counseling to veterans including men, women, and families to break the cycle of homelessness and empower veterans to regain self-sufficiency. U.S. Vets Phoenix provides hous+695ing for 260 veterans.
The 2018 Lincoln Award winner will be announced at the Patriots Ball.
The Mark Ashby Memorial Service Award is new this year and has been established in memory of former SWVCC chapter president, Mark Ashby. Although Mark was not a Veteran, he came from a family with significant military service and held deep convictions about the need to support all Veterans—past and present. He will forever be remembered as a true friend of Veterans. While it has become fashionable to thank Veterans for their service, Mark always went a step further; assisting them in finding and obtaining the resources they needed to maintain or improve their lives and those of their families. Never expecting or asking for reward or recognition, Mark did it because Veterans needed it; because it was the right thing to do.
The inaugural Mark Ashby Memorial Service Award will be presented at the Patriots Ball, to a non-Veteran member of our community who provides similar vital and selfless service to Veterans and their families within the operating area of the Southwest Veterans Foundation and Chamber of Commerce.
Tickets and sponsorships are still available. Please join us in celebrating the businesses and individuals who will be honored at the 4th annual Patriots Ball.