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 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. The values of leadership, teamwork, tolerance, creativity and perseverance can and should be learned and lived by all Americans regardless of age. When six-year-old Billy Michal from Zimmerman, Louisiana, helped his one-room school win a statewide scrap paper collection contest during World War II, he understood that every citizen—no matter how small—could contribute to our victory in the war. His example, and the actions of millions of other students on the Home Front, reminds us that service to country and community helps create active, engaged citizens. Through this award, the Museum promotes these values to students nationwide and honors those who exemplify them.


The Museum is currently taking nominations from across the country for these awards. Nominees should have a strong record of volunteerism, school and/or community activism, or implementing creative solutions to recognized problems. Selected awardees will be flown (along with a chaperone) to New Orleans to participate in the Museum’s American Spirit Awards celebration, May 22 - 23, 2019. Once there, they will:

  • Tour The National WWII Museum, including behind-the-scenes explorations of the Museum’s exhibits and collections
  • Meet, befriend and share ideas with their co-awardees from across the country
  • Meet with American Spirit Award recipients for a Q&A session
  • Participate in leadership-building activities
  • Take a tour of the historic French Quarter
  • Be featured on the Museum’s American Spirit Award website
  • Attend a special banquet where they will receive their awards

Nominate a student!

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 (Wednesday, May 22, 2019)
  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Luncheon and Leadership Forum (Thursday, May 23, 2019)
  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Gala (Thursday, May 23, 2019)
  • Photo opportunity for two (2) couples (purchaser) at the 2019 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.

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$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 (Wednesday, May 22, 2019)
  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Luncheon and Leadership Forum (Thursday, May 23, 2019)
  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Gala (Thursday, May 23, 2019)
  • Photo opportunity for two (2) couples at the 2019 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

Purchase Tickets

$25,000.00 Supporter

Ten (10) tickets purchased for American Spirit Awards

Sponsor package includes: 

  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Patron Reception (Wednesday, May 22, 2019)
  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Luncheon and Leadership Forum (Thursday, May 23, 2019)
  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Gala (Thursday, May 23, 2019)
  • Photo opportunity for two (2) couples at the 2019 American Spirit Awards Gala with inclusion in post-event marketing materials (when available)
  • 2019 Normandy Academy Scholar Sponsor

Purchase Tickets

$20,000.00 Benefactor

Ten (10) tickets purchased for American Spirit Awards 

Sponsor package includes: 

  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Patron Reception (Wednesday, May 22, 2019)
  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Luncheon and Leadership Forum (Thursday, May 23, 2019)
  • Admittance to the American Spirit Awards Gala (Thursday, May 23, 2019)
  • Photo opportunity for one (1) couple at the 2019 American Spirit Awards Gala with inclusion in post-event marketing materials (when available)
  • 2019 Summer Residential Program Scholar Sponsor

Purchase Tickets

$15,000.00 Friend

Ten (10) tickets purchased for American Spirit Awards

 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)

Purchase Tickets

$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 (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)

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

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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)

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$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)

Purchase Tickets


$750 Individual Gala Ticket

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

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DONOR OPPORTUNITY

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

Purchase Tickets

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