Coast Guard Foundation To Hold Tribute Event June 7

The Coast Guard Foundation announced that its annual “Tribute to the U.S. Coast Guard in Our Nation’s Capital” will take place on June 7 at the historic National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

The event celebrates the Coast Guard and its work to ensure America’s safety, security and economic prosperity. It also raises funds for Coast Guard Foundation programs that support service members and their families when and where they are most in need.

“We look forward to coming together with policymakers, industry leaders and government officials to highlight the heroism of the U.S. Coast Guard and its members stationed around the world,” said Susan Ludwig, foundation president.

National television journalists Kyra Phillips and John Roberts are the event emcees.

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Air Station Atlantic City will be recognized for its lifesaving mission work along the coast of New Jersey as well as the unique national security role it plays. The unit is tasked with protecting the air space around the capital region and national special security events such as the Super Bowl, the U.N. General Assembly and the State of the Union address.

The event will also include the presentation of the Coast Guard Foundation’s prestigious Guardian Award to board member and philanthropist James A. “Jim” O’Hare. O’Hare was one of four board members who started the D.C. event 18 years ago. Since then, it has raised more than $14 million for foundation programs that assist Coast Guard members and families.

O’Hare volunteers his time to share the Coast Guard and the foundation’s missions with boaters from Maine to Florida and beyond, enhancing the readiness and morale of Coast Guard members, bringing new partners to the foundation’s mission and recruiting board members to guide the organization. He is a member of the Annapolis Yacht Club, the New York Yacht Club and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

The Coast Guard Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to strengthening the Coast Guard community and service by supporting members and families. To learn more about the foundation or to help support its work, visit or call 860-535-0786.