American Spirit Awards

American Spirit Awards

Presented by Hancock Whitney
May 22 - 23, 2019

American Spirit Awards

The American Spirit Awards is an awards gala celebrating individuals and organizations whose work reflects the values and spirit of those who served our country during the World War II years. We honor those who inspire others through their own acts of courage, sacrifice, initiative and generosity—particularly in the areas of leadership, service to country or community and education. 

Event Schedule

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 – American Spirit Awards Patron Reception

Windsor Court Hotel

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

 

VIP guests from across the country are invited to the Windsor Court Hotel to experience a taste of New Orleans. The champagne and Sazeracs will flow as we join the Museum’s Board of Trustees to toast the 2018 American Spirit and Silver Service Medallion recipients while enjoying traditional New Orleans jazz.

Thursday, May 23, 2019 – American Spirit Awards Luncheon and Leadership Forum

US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center

10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

 

Leading through example is a hallmark of the Museum’s honorees and at the American Spirit Awards Luncheon and Leadership Forum each will share their wealth of experience with the 51 student leaders representing every state in the Union, as well as the District of Columbia.

The Luncheon begins with the Leadership Forum where the 2018 Medallion recipients tell their stories of courage and fortitude and, through a question and answer period with our student honorees, offer motivating advice to the young leaders of the future. 

Thursday, May 23, 2019 – American Spirit Awards Gala

US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center

6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

 

The high point of the weekend will be the presentation of the American Spirit Award at an elegant black-tie gala in the Museum’s US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center. 

Guests will follow the red carpet from the beautiful Founders Plaza on Andrew Higgins Drive leading to a cocktail reception in the Solomon Victory Theater complex and BB’s Stage Door Canteen before being escorted into the gala for a night of inspiration and star-studded entertainment.

Following a savory three-course meal, the Museum will present its highest honor to deserving Americans who inspire greatness in all of us.

Official Hotel of American Spirit Awards

Windsor Court

As soon as you submit your response to the Museum, we suggest you make travel and hotel accommodations. As the official hotel of American Spirit Awards, the luxurious and renowned Windsor Court Hotel will host several auxiliary events associated with the American Spirit Awards including the Patron Party and Gala After-party. For your convenience, the Museum has reserved a room block for guests of American Spirit Awards. Call 504-528-1944 x 334 for room details and the booking code to take advantage of this special reduced rate.

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American Spirit Award

 

The American Spirit Award recognizes an individual who best exemplifies the outstanding qualities of the American spirit, including teamwork, optimism, courage, and sacrifice, and who inspires the exploration and expression of these values through their own life and work. The award recognizes those who demonstrate through word and deed an extraordinary dedication to the enduring principles that strengthen America's freedom and democracy. The award also recognizes those who make unselfish contributions to their community, state, or nation; those who lead by example; and those who exhibit the highest standards of integrity, discipline, and initiative.

American Spirit Medallion Recipients

 

Since its beginning as The National D-Day Museum, the Museum has bestowed this award upon individuals who demonstrate extraordinary dedication to the principles that strengthen America’s freedom and democracy. Through their work and philanthropy, American Spirit Medallion recipients exemplify the highest standards of integrity, discipline, and initiative while making unselfish contributions to their community, state, or nation.

Nomination for The American Spirit Medallion

SILVER SERVICE MEDALLION RECIPIENTS

 

The president of The National WWII Museum awards the Silver Service Medallion to veterans and those with a direct connection to World War II who have served our country with distinction and continue to lead by example.

Nomination for The Silver Service Medallion

THE BILLY MICHAL STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARD

 

The National WWII Museum is pleased to present the Billy Michal Student Leadership Award, given annually to one student from each state and the District of Columbia who demonstrates the American Spirit in his or her community.

Billy Michal Student Leadership Nomination Form

Billy Michal Student Leaders

Ian Bunker - Alabama       
 
Ashley Jean Smith - Alaska
 
Hannah Tsay - Arizona
 
Carson McFatridge - Arkansas
 
Adam Nussbaum - California
 
Mary Stischer - Colorado  
 
Claire Faulkner – Connecticut
 
Maricruz Contreras - Delaware
 
Zoe Zimmerman - Florida
 
Sydnie Cobb - Georgia       
 
Dyson Chee - Hawaii
 
Joshua White - Idaho
 
Ella Crowley - Illinois
 
Annika Bennett - Indiana
 
Robert Nishimwe - Iowa
 
Brandt Luna - Kansas       
 
Nathaniel Pinhas - Kentucky
 
Alexander Sucato - Louisiana
 
Charlotte Doughty - Maine
 
Molly Bingham - Maryland
 
William Johnston - Massachusetts
 
Rose Jasman - Michigan   
 
Evan DuFresne - Minnesota
 
Frederick McNair - Mississippi       
 
Jay Mehta - Missouri
 
Anthony Higuera - Montana
 
Andrew Steskal - Nebraska
 
Sabrina Handlon - Nevada
 
Ethan De Angelis - New Hampshire
 
Laura Mills - New Jersey
 
Caleb Conaway - New Mexico
 
Ewan Todt-Tutchener - New York
 
Hope Springate - North Carolina
 
Hunter Cady – North Dakota
 
Ashton Weber - Ohio
 
Andrea Lynn Delcour- Oklahoma
 
Morgan Orem - Oregon
 
Michael Hertzberg - Pennsylvania
 
Rebecca Carcieri - Rhode Island
 
Travis Johnson - South Carolina
 
Emma Storley - South Dakota
 
Elizabeth Twohig - Tennessee
 
Roman Garcia - Texas
 
Abby Ebert - Utah
 
Kai Gilbert - Vermont
 
John Matter - Virginia
 
Hannah Doyle - Washington
 
Andre Davis - Washington, DC
 
Brooke Welch - West Virginia
 
Claire Knutson - Wisconsin
 
Gregory Bell - Wyoming

TABLE SPONSOR LEVELS & TICKET PRICING

EXCLUSIVE RECOGNITION BENEFITS

 

American Spirit Awards Sponsors and Patrons are recognized on all printed materials, including event invitation, event program, event web page, the 2018 Annual Donor Wall and Annual Report.

 

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

$30,000.00 Veteran Sponsor

**Ten (10) tickets purchased for American Spirit Awards plus a donation to allow a veteran and his/her guest to attend American Spirit Awards (2 tickets)

Sponsor package includes: 

  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Patron Reception (Thursday, June 7, 2018)
  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Luncheon and Leadership Forum (Friday, June 8, 2018)
  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Gala (Friday, June 8, 2018)
  • Photo opportunity for two (2) couples (purchaser) at the 2018 American Spirit Awards Gala with inclusion in post-event marketing materials (when available)
  • ¼-page ad in the American Spirit Awards program with personalized editorial tribute to a veteran of the purchaser’s choosing

** Tickets supported by Veteran Sponsors will be allocated to local veteran organizations.

REGISTRATION CLOSED

$30,000.00 Friend of Awardee

Ten (10) tickets purchased for American Spirit Awards 

Sponsor package includes: 

  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Patron Reception (Thursday, June 7, 2018)
  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Luncheon and Leadership Forum (Friday, June 8, 2018)
  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Gala (Friday, June 8, 2018)
  • Photo opportunity for two (2) couples at the 2018 American Spirit Awards Gala with inclusion in post-event marketing materials (when available)
  • ¼-page ad in the American Spirit Awards program with personalized editorial tribute to your desired awardee

REGISTRATION CLOSED

$25,000.00 Supporter

Ten (10) tickets purchased for American Spirit Awards

Sponsor package includes: 

  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Patron Reception (Thursday, June 7, 2018)
  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Luncheon and Leadership Forum (Friday, June 8, 2018)
  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Gala (Friday, June 8, 2018)
  • Photo opportunity for two (2) couples at the 2018 American Spirit Awards Gala with inclusion in post-event marketing materials (when available)
  • 2019 Normandy Academy Scholar Sponsor

REGISTRATION CLOSED

$20,000.00 Benefactor

Ten (10) tickets purchased for American Spirit Awards 

Sponsor package includes: 

  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Patron Reception (Thursday, June 7, 2018)
  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Luncheon and Leadership Forum (Friday, June 8, 2018)
  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Gala (Friday, June 8, 2018)
  • Photo opportunity for one (1) couple at the 2018 American Spirit Awards Gala with inclusion in post-event marketing materials (when available)
  • 2019 Summer Residential Program Scholar Sponsor

REGISTRATION CLOSED

$15,000.00 Friend

Ten (10) tickets purchased for American Spirit Awards

 Includes admittance to:

  • The American Spirit Awards Patron Reception (Thursday, June 7, 2018)
  • The American Spirit Awards Luncheon and Leadership Forum (Friday, June 8, 2018)
  • The American Spirit Awards Gala (Friday, June 8, 2018)

REGISTRATION CLOSED

$2,500 Veteran Supporter

**Donation to allow a WWII Veteran and one guest to attend American Spirit Awards 

Includes admittance to: 

  • The American Spirit Awards Patron Reception (Thursday, June 7, 2018)
  • The American Spirit Awards Luncheon and Leadership Forum (Friday, June 8, 2018)
  • The American Spirit Awards Gala (Friday, June 8, 2018)

** Tickets supported by Veteran Supporters will be allocated to local veteran organizations.

REGISTRATION CLOSED

PATRON OPPORTUNITIES

$1,500 Individual Patron Ticket

Includes admittance to: 

  • The American Spirit Awards Patron Reception (Wednesday, May 22, 2019)
  • The American Spirit Awards Luncheon and Leadership Forum (Thursday, May 23, 2019)
  • The American Spirit Awards Gala (Thursday, May 23, 2019)

REGISTRATION CLOSED


$1000 Member Patron Ticket

ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED

Includes admittance to: 

  • The American Spirit Awards Patron Reception (Wednesday, May 22, 2019)
  • The American Spirit Awards Luncheon and Leadership Forum (Thursday, May 23, 2019)
  • The American Spirit Awards Gala (Thursday, May 23, 2019)

REGISTRATION CLOSED


$750 Individual Gala Ticket

Includes admittance to The American Spirit Awards Gala (Thursday, May 23, 2019)

REGISTRATION CLOSED


DONOR OPPORTUNITY

I am unable to attend, but wish to make a contribution on behalf of the American Spirit Awards education fund.

REGISTRATION CLOSED

Proceeds from the American Spirit Awards will support educational programming at The National WWII Museum—including the ongoing development of classroom materials and professional-development opportunities for teachers in schools across the country, as well as online experiences that bring the Museum and its resources to students around the world.

For more information, contact our Fundraising Events staff at 504-528-1944 x 334 or email Ellen.Buckley@nationalww2museum.org.

2018 AMERICAN SPIRIT AWARDS SPONSORS

American Spirit Awards Presenting Sponsor

 

 

American Spirit Awards Supporting Sponsors

Madlyn and Paul Hilliard
Todd Ricketts and Sylvie Légère
The Starr Foundation

Travel Partner

American Airlines

Official Hotel of American Spirit Awards

Windsor Court Hotel

Luncheon and Leadership Forum Sponsor

Stephens

Event Production Sponsor

Solomon Group

Veteran Sponsors

Jim and Carmen Courter In Honor of Jack Appel
Anonymous In Honor of The Honorable Rhesa Barksdale

Supporter Sponsor

Freeport-McMoRan

Benefactors

AT&T
Mr. Robert V. Siebel

Friends

Airbus
Latter & Blum, Inc.
The Boeing Company
The Cudd Foundation
EBSCO Industries
FedEx Corporation
Adrea D. Heebe
Susan and Bill Hess
Liskow & Lewis
Patrick Family Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Smith Lupo
Thomas P. August
The TR Family Trust
Voorsanger Mathes, LLC
Kathy and Joe Sanderson
Peggy and Carl Sewell
Patrick F. Taylor Foundation
Texas Friends CHASEing Paul Hilliard

Veteran Supporters

Infogroup Nonprofit Solutions
Mr. Ben A. Martinez
Mutual of America
Bill and Dina Riviere

Patrons

Barton Cotton Fundraising Group
Brandon and Daphne Berger
Bowen, Miclette & Britt
Char and Harold Bouillion
Sue and Rusty Burnett
Charles and Susan Butler
Lt. Col. Henry Cervantes (Ret.)
Louis and Judith Freeman
Pam Davis Friedler
Dr. and Mrs. John Patrick Jordan
John and Ann Koerner
Pilot Flying J
Lou Kennedy and Stephanie Roman
James E. Maurin
Markham and Scottie McKnight
Colonel and Mrs. Larry Merington
Col. and Mrs. Craig Mays
David Nierenberg
New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation
Mr. and Mrs. William S. Potter
Robert and Kikie Priddy
Dr. Eduardo E. Rodriguez
The Honorable Sam Nunn
Dr. Bobby and Mrs. Lori Savoie
Madalyn and Robert Schenk
Kathryn and Jeff Scurlock
ThirtyNorth Investments
Paul and Eva Thomas
Jones Walker LLP
Admiral William A. Owens
WoodRock & Company

Special Thanks

The American Sector Restaurant & Bar
Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group
Frank Aymami Photography
Jeff Strout Photography
Limousine Livery
MPress Printing
New Orleans Event Rental
Quest Events
Shoe Graphic Communication Studio
Solomon Group
Urban Earth Design Studios
Windsor Court Hotel


The medallions for the American Spirit Awards honorees were provided by Bennett Awards