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National Maritime Awards Dinner



The National Maritime Historical Society, in association with the Naval Historical Foundation, invites you to the gala National Maritime Awards Dinner in our nation’s capital.


The National Maritime Historical Society (NMHS) and the Naval Historical Foundation (NHF) will honor three distinguished individuals and organizations at their National Maritime Awards Dinner on Tuesday, 4 April 2017, at the elegant, historic and iconic Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.

This illustrious event brings together those who love and serve the sea—leaders of the military sea services, merchant marine and maritime industry; maritime authors and artists; oceanographers, sea explorers and scientists; competitive yachtsmen; philanthropists and government officials who have supported America’s maritime heritage; industrial and pleasure boat designers and builders; cruise lines operators; aquaculturalists; maritime educators; and maritime educational institutions and museums.

Funds raised support the education initiatives of both organizations.

Join us the maritime community gathers to honor Conservation Internaci_42483771tional, an American non-profit environmental organization, and its chairman and founder Peter Seligmann, on the occasion of its 30th anniversary. Conservation International has had a major impact on the health of the world’s oceans and shorelines. Conservation International is a founder of the Ocean Health Index and serves as the managing partner.  The NMHS Distinguished Service Award will be presented by Thomas L. Friedman, the distinguished three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist.

The NMHS Distinguished Service Award will also be given to the National Geographic Society for its extraordinary achievements in chronicling mankind’s relationship with the water and educating tens of millions of readers and viewers about our global maritime heritage. Since its first issue, National Geographic magazine has introduced generation after generation to maritime cultures around the globe and how they have contributed to our civilization. National Geographic  magazine is currently published in 38 editions in 33 languages in 75 countries, with a combined English and non-English circulation of 5.6 million copies per month.  Gary Knell, president and CEO of the National Geographic Society, will accept the award, which will be presented by internationally-recognized underwater explorer Dr. Robert Ballard, discoverer of the wreck of the Titanic.

The Naval Historical Foundation Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Dr. J. Phillip London, executive chairman and former CEO of CACI International for 23 jacklondoncaciphotoyears until 2007. Under Dr. London’s leadership, CACI has become a trendsetter in offering IT solutions and consulting services across markets throughout North America and Western Europe. Dr. London served 12 years as an officer during the Cold War, as a naval aviator and carrier pilot from 1959 to 1971, and in the US Naval Reserve until 1983. He has made extensive contributions to naval heritage projects and has served on many boards, including the Naval Historical Foundation, the United States Naval Institute and the Navy Memorial Foundation. The NHF Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Dr. London by Admiral William J. Fallon, USN (Ret.), chairman of the Naval Historical Foundation.

Tickets to the dinner are $275 and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information to order tickets, please call 914 737-7878 x 0.

This affair is traditionally sold out and seating is limited, so early responses are recommended.

1127 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

The Mayflower Hotel is a historic venue that you will want to experience. President Franklin D. Roosevelt wrote his famous “We have nothing to fear but fear itself” speech there, and this is just one of the many historic events that have taken place in that iconic hotel. While an enjoyable and fulfilling evening will be had by all, it is all in support of our maritime heritage.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS:mayflower-hotel-courtesy-marriott-intntl
Reservations can be made online or by calling 877 212-5752. Rooms for the NMHS block are $379/night plus taxes, and available until the block is sold, or  March 17, 2017 at 5 pm. If you would prefer to make your reservation by phone, please call 877 212-5752 and let them know that you are in the NMHS room block.


As part of the dinner, we have many exciting live and silent auction items for you to bid on to support the education initiatives and efforts of  the National Maritime Historical Society and the Naval Historical Foundation. Check back often for new items that have been added.


1. Seven-Night Mississippi  River Cruise for Two
Enjoy an amazing and relaxing seven-night cruise on the Mississippi River for two. With just 150 passengers, the cruise provides the finest travel experience to the Mississippi’s most beautiful places and scenic landscapes. Depart in 2017 or 2018. Cruises during the month of May or September are not applicable. Donated By: Charles A. Robertson, American Cruise Lines

2. Parade of Sail on the 1768 Schooner Sultana—Be Part of the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race
20 Guests
Date: Wednesday, 11 October 2017
Time: 4:00 pm–6:30 pm
Departs: Baltimore Inner Harbor Location – TBD
Each October, schooners from the Eastern Seaboard gather in Baltimore, Maryland, in advance of the annual Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race. Established in 1990, this annual sailing race from Annapolis to Norfolk has featured as many as 57 schooners sailing during a single race, including multiple large, historic schooners.  On the evening before the race, the assembled fleet parades under sail throughout Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, passing cultural and historic landmarks. The winner is entitled to bring up to 20 guests on board the 1768 schooner Sultana for this Parade of Sail, and guests will be encouraged to assist with the setting of the schooner’s sails and even be given the chance to navigate under sail through Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.  Guests may arrange for food & drink at their own expense, sorry, no alcohol.
Donated By: Sultana Education Foundation

3. Fabulous 10-Day Galapagos Expedition on National Geographic Endeavour II for Two Guests
Set sail on the National Geographic Endeavour II on an extraordinary 10-day journey for two in the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos Archipelago, Darwin’s living laboratory, is that rare wilderness where animals have no instinctive fear of humans. Explore the island paradise where giant tortoises roam, blue-footed boobies strut across your path and marine iguanas meander over ancient volcanic landscapes, unfazed by your presence. Snorkel amid shimmering fish, penguins, and playful sea lions, hike on pristine islands and explore remote coves and hidden lagoons by kayak or Zodiac. Includes accommodations for two people (double occupancy) in a Category 2 cabin. Airfare not included. Travel must be taken in 2017 on the National Geographic Endeavour II.
Donated By: National Geographic Expeditions

4. Educational Initiatives
Take advantage of this opportunity to contribute to the NMHS and NHF youth education programs that introduce students to ecology, science, technology, engineering, math, history and hands-on sailing, through experiential learning programs which excite young people about our maritime past and future.

Even if you are not able to attend, you can still participate in the Live Auction. To bid on these fabulous live auction items, please call 914 737-7878 x 0 or email NMHS by Monday April 3, 2017 at 12:00 Noon EST to be set-up with your personal bidding representative.

You can also participate in the Silent Auction and bid electronically for the many silent auction items including day sails, resort vacations, maritime collectibles, artwork, and much more.  All items will be available to bid on the night of the event, Tuesday, April 4, 2017, so be sure to place your highest bid. Bidding ends on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 8:25 pm EST.

 Winner is responsible for shipping costs. Pick-up is also available. Payment will not be processed unless you are the winning bidder. If you are the winning bidder and not at the event on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, we will notify you by email, charge your credit card for payment and make arrangements for shipping or pickup. Additional payment for shipping will then be charged.


CAPT Jim Noone, USN (Ret.) Dinner Co-Chair
Dr. Timothy J. Runyan, Dinner Co-Chair
Philip Webster, Founding Chair

Charles B. Anderson; Jonathan Boulware ; John Brady; Walter R. Brown; CAPT Patrick Burns, USN (Ret.); RADM Joseph F. Callo, USN (Ret.); Dr. William Cogar; CAPT Charles Creekman, USN (Ret.); Vice Admiral Dirk J. Debbink, USNR (Ret.); Donna Dudley; Dr. William Dudley; Paul Fontenoy; David S. Fowler; Burchenal Green; Kristen Greenaway; Karen Helmerson; Dana Hewson; Howard Hoege; Gary Jobson; Dr. Paul F. Johnston; Vice Admiral Al Konetzni, USN (Ret.); Denise Krepp; Amy Lent; Richardo Lopes; Guy E. C. Maitland; Ginger Martus; LCDR Jim Mathieu, USCG (Ret.); CAPT Sally Chin McElwreath, USN (Ret.); Drew McMullen; Captain James J. McNamara; RADM John Mitchell USN (Ret.); Captain Eric Nielsen; Ronald L. Oswald; Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr., USCG (Ret.); The Honorable S. Jay Plager; Bert Rogers; Christopher Rowsom; Kristen Sarri; Clair Sassin; Richard Scarano; Philip Shapiro; Howard Slotnick; Duncan Smith III, Esq; Dr. Joshua Smith; Captain Cesare Sorio; Irmy Webster; Dr. David Winkler; Jean Wort


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