Raleigh-Durham Center – 9th Annual Salute to Freedom Gala

October 19, 2013 - 6:30 pm - 11:30 pm


 Join us for our 9th Annual Salute to Freedom Gala

at the Raleigh Convention Center, 500 South Salisbury Street in beautiful downtown Raleigh.

Along with our six honorees from each branch of the military, we are thrilled to announce

Kellie Pickler

will be honored with the Heart for the Warrior award for her outstanding performances for our troops.

Gala Guests

Celebrate the accomplishments of honorees from each branch of the military.

Bill Hudson of LC Industries and ABC 11 will be honored as community leaders who support our military.

Military Pagentry

For more information, send an e-mail to amartin@uso-nc.org.

For sponsorship details, contact Connie Inggs, (919) 840-2943.

Gala tickets can be purchased on-line for a fee or by printing a registration form and mailing it to:


RDU Center

PO Box 91443

Raleigh, NC  27675

Hotel reservations can be made at the North Raleigh Hilton at a rate of $96 if you use the code USO. 

All Points Personal Transportations will provide a shuttle to and from the event.   Departure from the hotel will be at 5:15 and 5:45.  Return trip to the hotel will be 15 minutes after end of program and midnight.


2013 Participating Sponsors

Heart of the Patriot Sponsor

LC Industries

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Heart of NC Community Sponsor (1 Available)


Heart of Raleigh Sponsor

Pepsi Bottling Ventures

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NC Service Member of the Year Honoree Sponsors

Verizon Wireless






Dorothy G. & Kenneth M. Heisler Foundation

 Dorothy G. & Kenneth M. Heisler Foundation

Harris Teeter

 Harris Teeter pharm Tagline Logo - PMS

Delta Airlines

Gold Star Sponsors

Teer Associates


Cubic Applications

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 WakeMed Logo

Golden Corral


HMS Host


Wil-Mar Golf Club


Southport Graphics


Ray Price Harley Davidson

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Silver Star Sponsors

Heath Investment Group

Teer Associates

Cubic Applications


Kangaroo Express

Paragon Commercial

Iron Properties

Dynamic Design Build

Glenn & Catherine Charlton White

Mainline Information Systems

BG (R) and Mrs. David Grange

The Stephen D. Falkenbury Foundation

Drake Landing

Coastal Federal Credit Union

Bank of America

Music and Dance

Southeastern Freight Lines

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

Marshall & Kaye Culp

Wells Global

Military Family Lifestyle Charitable Foundation

David and Jenifer Clement

DAL Global Services


Allan Pedersen

NC Farm Bureau

Clear Channel Communications

Duke Energy

Alan & Robin Jones


McConnell Golf

All Point Personal Transportation

Crown Premiums


Sonic Healthcare

COL Pete & Mrs. Charlotte Versfeld

US Veteran’s Corps

Smith, Anderson, Blount Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, LLP

Bronze Star Sponsors

Phoenix University

Rex Healthcare

Cecil & Sherrill Wilkins

Ron & Terry Grimes

TrialCard, Inc.

K2 Solutions, Inc.

Charles & Carrie Reuben

 Downtown Raleigh Eye Care Center


Medical Mutual

Dr. J. Duncan & Mrs. Curlee Phillips


2012 Salute to Freedom Gala Speaker, General Martin Dempsey, Joint Chiefs of Staff  and The Liberty Bells
2012 Salute to Freedom Gala Speaker, General Martin Dempsey, Joint Chiefs of Staff and The Liberty Bells


Live Auction Opportunities:

Kellie Pickler autographed acoustic guitar, photo and CD

American Flag flown over Iraq


2 Delta business class tickets to Europe

2 Delta business class tickets to Hawaii

Silent Auction Opportunities:  Bidding for our silent auction will open at 6:00 pm and will close at 10:00 pm


2 night stay at The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, breakfast included

1 week vacation in fabulous house in Waynesville, NC

4 days and 3 nights in downtown Charleston, SC condo

1  week at the Kissimmee Parkway International Resort  June 1 through June 8, 2013

2 night stay at Fontana Village in the North Carolina Mountains

1 night stay with dinner and breakfast at Raleigh’s Marriott Hotel and Resorts

1 night stay at Rose Hill Bed and Breakfast in Wilmington

2 night stay at Embassy Suites RDU with breakfast and evening reception, Raleigh

I night stay at The Fearrington House, including breakfast and afternoon tea, Pittsboro, NC

Fun things to do:

2 tickets to Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers on December 1, 2013and an autographed Luke Kuechly game worn jersey

4 tickets with Club Seating and parking, Carolina Panthers vs. New England Patriots on November 18, 2013

2 tickets to The Wizard of Oz at DPAC in Durham, parking included

Beginner hang gliding for 2 at Kitty Hawk Kites

8 lap Rusty Wallace “Qualifier” Racing Package and Professional Ride Along Package

2 Tickets for the Coca Cola 600 Memorial Day Race in Charlotte

1 hour plane ride for 3 over Raleigh

2 rounds of Golf by Shotgun at Deep River Sporting Clays

Lunch for 6 at the North Carolina Governor’s Mansion on December 10, 2013

Harley-Davidson Motor Cycles Rider’s Edge New Rider Course, Charlotte, NC

Family 4 pack tickets to Kersey Valley Zipline

Sports and Movie Memorabilia:

NC State basketball signed by Coach Mark Gottfried

Basketball signed by Duke Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski

Basketball signed by Charlotte Bobcats

Forest Gump and 1st season of CSI NY DVDs signed by Gary Sinise

Pampering and Beauty:

Professional Teeth Whitening by University Dental, Raleigh

Two 90 minute massages from Relief Massage and Bodywork

5 one-hour massages at Bliss Massage Therapy

Women’s haircut by Bacio Salon

One hour massage from Heartprints Massage and Wellness

Hydrating Facial from Museum Spa and Laser Center

For the Kids:

American Girl Doll and Accessories

Autographed set of Children’s Books by Bob Ostrom

Huffy Bicycle and Helmet

Artwork and One-of-a-Kind:

Old Harley IV by Steve Opet

2 pottery beer steins made by Rae Brown

Pottery face mug by Gene King, Seagrove Pottery

Two 3-dimensional stain glass stars by Ted Prather

Contemporary ceramic wall hanging from Claytree Fine Arts

Agateware vase in brown and white by Eck McCanless Pottery

Framed original oil painting, The Chickadees, by Sherri Bush

Hand-painted pair of Marine boots


Framed, signed and numbered Feed Corn by Bob Timberlake

Framed, signed and numbered Best Friends by Bob Timberlake

Framed, signed and numbered Woodlot by Bob Timberlake

Framed, signed and numbered Winter’s End by Mel Steele

Framed, signed and numbered Sweet Song So Young by Norman Rockwell


Necklace and locket from JL Design Studios

Sterling silver pendant on leather cord necklace by Angela Richwine

Necklace by Sasa Designs

20″ sterling necklace with stones from Reliable Jewelry


Backpack, hat and hoodie for men from O’Neill Clothing

Backpack, fedora and hoodie for women from O’Neill Clothing

Hand-knit purse by Karen Schaffer

A Night Out:

Dinner at the Peddler Steakhouse in Raleigh

Dinner for 2 at the Angus Barn’s Chef’s Table

Saturday brunch for 2 at Washington Duke Inn, Durham

Gift card for Second Empire

Lucky 32 gift card

La Cocina gift card

Dinner at Tyler’s Tap Room

Dinner at Tobacco Road Sports Café in Durham

Gift certificate for Texas Steakhouse and Saloon

Golf Outings:

Round of golf for 4 at Wakefield Country Club, Raleigh

Golf for 4 at MacGregor Downs, Cary

Golf for 4 at UNC Finley Golf Course, Chapel Hill

Green fees for 4 at River Ridge Golf Club, Raleigh

Models Built to Scale:

WW II era Corsair, USMC

WW II era Mustang, USAAC

WW II era Lightning, USAAC

Modern Hornet, USN

Vietnam era F-105, USAF

WW II era Wildcat, USN

Modern Stealth Fighter, USAF

Modern Phantom, USAF


Doggie Gift Basket from You Lucky Dog

3 hours of design time by Sharon Lake-Gargano

5 x 8 area rug from Capel Rugs

1 year AAA membership

Financial Plan from AAFMAA Wealth Management and Trust

Keurig Coffeemaker

Candlesticks by Orrefors

Total Wine Gift Basket

Donations for Honoree Gift Bags:  Each honoree receives a thank you gift bag in their hotel room.

Luggage provided by The Paradies Shop of RDU

Luggage embroidery by Logo Legends

Hand-knit purse by Karen Schaffer

Gifts from Southern Charms of Cary

Gift Cards provided by Target










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