MLI’s 21st Anniversary Clearing the Path Gala
The Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI), hosted its 21st Anniversary Clearing the Path Gala on Wednesday, October 24th, at the elegant Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel. The 2018 Gala celebrated progress in freeing the world of horrific scourge landmines, while recognizing the challenges that remain.
MLI recognized extraordinary leaders and animals, including: a life-saving Mine Detection Dog Team from Azerbaijan that has saved countless lives and enhanced the lives of thousands more by locating landmines and making the land safe in that country; an inspirational landmine survivor from Bosnia Herzegovina who has dedicated his life to helping others and co-founded the “Fantomi” Sitting Volleyball team for mine survivors that has won multiple European Championships; a Maryland family who has been selflessly dedicated to helping others around the world through MLI’s Children Against Mines Program (CHAMPS); a devoted couple that has been a great supporter of MLI’s work and has sponsored 7 life-saving dogs; and a Florida Congressman who lost multiple limbs while serving with the US military in Afghanistan. The Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Stability and Humanitarian Affairs, Mr. Mark Swayne, delivered the Keynote address for the evening, , and the Mayor of Sarajevo, Mr. Abdulah Skaka, helped MLI launch its initiative to render the capital city of Sarajevo mine-free by the fall of 2020 in time to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the end of the Bosnian War.
MLI is deeply grateful to everyone who so generously contributed to the success of the Clearing the Path Gala, including the many sponsors, donors, and volunteers. Thank you for helping to make our humanitarian work possible as we work to free the earth of the horrific scourge of landmines.
Rocket & Vahid Mammadov, Azerbaijan: MDD Team of the Year
Mirsad Mirojević, Bosnia Herzegovina: Survivors’ Assistance Award
Congressman Brian Mast (R-FL): Survivor Award
John & Paula Marschall: CHAMPS Family Award
Stephen and Jaqui Edelmann: Humanitarian Service Award
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Mark Swayne, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Stability and Humanitarian Affairs
SPECIAL GUEST: Mr. Abdulah Skaka, Mayor of Sarajevo
MASTER OF CEREMONIES: Andrea McCarren, WUSA 9
US Senator & Mrs. Mike Enzi (R-WY)
Dr. Kenneth R. Rutherford, CSIR Director
General (Ret.) Gordon R. Sullivan, MLI Founder & Chairman
SPECIAL THANKS TO THE GALA SPONSORS