Marine Raider Foundation raises $86,000 at inaugural Valley of the Sun Gala

Posted 10/21/19


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Marine Raider Foundation raises $86,000 at inaugural Valley of the Sun Gala


Patriotic and generous Arizonans joined 16 Gold Star Family members --- parents, siblings and spouses of military service members who died in combat --- at the inaugural Valley of the Sun Gala on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Chateau Luxe in Phoenix.

The night’s festivities, attended by 150 guests, celebrated the service and sacrifice of the Marine Raider community, while benefiting the Marine Raider Foundation.

Keynote speaker Kirstie Ennis, a female amputee who is working to climb the Seven Summits on one leg by 2021, delivered a moving and heart-felt speech that encouraged the guests to live their best life for themselves and those they support when times get difficult.

Ms. Ennis was joined onstage by MARSOC Foundation Board President and decorated veteran Derek Herrera and Gold Star Family member Tyler Shaw, who shared memories about his brother Cpt. Stanford Shaw III who died March 10, 2015, in a Blackhawk helicopter crash.

The night of fundraising, dinner and inspirational guest speakers culminated with a lucky couple being whisked away in a private jet by Cutter Aviation for a two-night getaway in Santa Barbara, according to a press release.

The nonprofit raised $86,000 for its programs that support raiders during their transition into civilian life, tragedy assistance and survivor support, family resiliency, legacy and preservation.

Since 2012, the Marine Raider Foundation has provided more than $4 million to World War II Marine Raiders, active-duty and former Marine Raiders and their families.

For more information about the Marine Raider Foundation, visit