Late night host Jimmy Kimmel served as host for the benefit which raised more than $4 million for the Navy SEAL foundation held at the ballroom of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The Los Angeles Evening of Tribute benefiting the Navy SEAL Foundation raised $4 million for the organization’s Naval Special Warfare community, which provides financial, emotional, and therapeutic support for wounded soldiers and families of fallen post-9/11 veterans.
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer has featured the SEALs in several of his films. Disney CEO Bog Iger, who was the recipient of this year’s Patriot Award. Bruckheimer, a former recipient of the award, was there to present Iger with the honor.
Kimmel told the audience why the foundation was so vital in the lives of the Seals. “They look after the spouses and the children of fallen Seals, giving them practical and emotional support for years. Never before in our history have our special ops forces been kept so busy. They face the most brutal realities of war so that we don’t have to and the foundation never forgets their sacrifice,”
“We must never fail to recognize the sacrifices made by soldiers on our behalf,” said Iger, whose Work Here campaign has placed nearly 26,000 returning veterans in company-wide jobs. “My father served in the Navy in World War II. Back then war was an appreciated sacrifice. In Vietnam, the soldiers came back to a deeply divided nation. Every generation of veterans deserves a lifetime of gratitude.”
According to Hollywood Reporter the most moving moment of the night came when the family members of fallen SEALs were asked to stand up and call out the names of their lost loved ones so that they could be remembered one more time.
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