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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, April 7, 2010

USO Hawaii black-tie fundraiser scheduled for April 16 at Washington Place

Advertiser Staff

The governor's mansion, Washington Place, will be the site of USO Hawaii's first Gala Tribute dinner on April 16.

Gov. Linda Lingle will lead the night's black tie event honoring U.S. troops, the organization said.

The Gala Tribute is USO Hawaii's first annual fundraising event. Proceeds will be used for enhanced programs and morale services for military members and their families.

Approximately 250,000 active duty, veterans, military retirees, families and support personnel call Hawaii home, according to USO.

Lingle will deliver a congratulatory message, and Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. "Randy" Mixon will be the keynote speaker. Other dignitaries include Dave McIntyre, President and CEO of TriWest Healthcare Alliance, and Tom Kolstad, USO VP-Pacific Region.

USO Strategic Partners are represented by TriWest Healthcare Alliance, BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin. Other sponsors include Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, Matson Navigation Company, Frito Lay, and Bank of Hawaii.

Seating is limited. Individual tickets are $250. Inquiries can be made to: elsmith@uso.org or by calling 836-3351.

The USO is chartered by Congress as a non-profit charitable corporation, but it is not a part of the United States government.

The USO mission is to provide morale, welfare and recreation-type services to uniformed military personnel. The original intent of Congress and enduring effort by USO is extending a "touch of home" to military members.