Paradise Valley gala honors 2015 Stars in Service

Craig Barrett and Jay Leno during the 2015 JFI Stars in Service Gala.  (Submitted photo)

Craig Barrett and Jay Leno during the 2015 JFI Stars in Service Gala. (Submitted photo)

The Joe Foss Institute honored America’s Heroes and celebrated Arizona’s “first in the nation” Civics Education Legislation at the 2015 Stars in Service Gala at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort and Spa.

Honored guests and veterans Marcus Luttrell and Lt. Col. Jeff “Spanky” Peterson shared what life was like in Afghanistan in June 2005, when Mr. Luttrell, the Lone Survivor, was rescued by Lt. Col. Peterson and his crew, after his 10 member SEAL team faced heavy Taliban fire.

The event hosted over 770 guests, including comedian Jay Leno and JFI founding board member and Major General Carl Schneider who were honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for their continued commitment to our nation’s stars in service, according to a press release.

More than $1.4 million was raised to expand the Civics Education Initiative and essential Joe Foss Institute programs that support teachers, provide scholarships for continued education and educate students on the history of the United States and their roles as active citizens.

The Joe Foss Institute is grateful for Randy and Ken Kendrick, Shamrock Farms and Sun State Builders for sponsoring the 2015 Stars in Service Gala.

The Joe Foss Institute is a Scottsdale based nonprofit founded in 2001 by Medal of Honor recipient and WWII flying ace General Joe Foss and his wife Didi Foss, according to the release.

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