The 2016 Clearing the Path Gala will be held
October 26, 2016 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Washington DC

The Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) will host our 19th annual Clearing the Path Gala on October 26th in Washington, DC at the elegant Mandarin Oriental Hotel. We will honor leaders whose extraordinary efforts have improved lives in war-torn countries and celebrate the progress that has been made in making the world a better and safer place. Please mark your calendars today and join us for us for what promises to be a marvelous evening! Click here for information on tickets and sponsorships.

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WHEN:      Wednesday, October 26, 2016; Reception at 6pm; Dinner at 7pm

WHERE:    Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 1330 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20024

MASTER OF CEREMONIES:     Tom Gjelten, National Public Radio

The Honorable Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Mrs. Diana Enzi
General (Ret.) Gordon R. Sullivan
His Excellency Prasad Kariyawasam, Embassy of Sri Lanka


  • Lance Corporal Nawarathne & his canine partner MDD Madjesty, are the 2016 Mine Detection Dog Team of the Year from Sri Lanka, having located nearly 500 landmines and other explosives in Sri Lanka, directly impacting 2,000 lives
  • Ms. Labibah Abdo Saif, a young, inspirational landmine survivor from Yemen will receive our 2016 International Survivors’ Award for her bravery and tenacity in the face of overwhelming odds
  • Lieutenant Bradley Snyder will receive our 2016 (U.S.) Survivors’ Award for his incredible work and self-sacrifice while serving in the U.S. military in Afghanistan in 2011, during which he stepped on an IED that caused him to lose his eyesight; he has gone on to compete at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London and the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio, winning two Gold medals and one Silver at London and three Gold and one Silver at Rio
  • Mrs. Linda Shirley, 4th Grade teacher from New Lebanon School in Greenwich, CT, will receive our 2016 CHAMPS Teacher of the Year Award for her amazing work inspiring children to become involved in the landmine issue for the past 11 years
  • Ms. Larisa Jahić, an English teacher and CHAMPS leader from the 9 May School in Pazaric, Bosnia Herzegovina will receive our 2016 CHAMPS (US) International Teacher of the Year Award for her inspirational work with youth in Bosnia Herzegovina, where they have worked with American youth to help 10 landmine survivors

ENTERTAINMENT: Voices of Service


Gold Sponsors
Joan Wismer Foundation Association of the US Army
Silver Sponsors
Orbital ATK
Bronze Sponsors
DRS Technologies Stephen and Jaqui Edelmann Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, Ret. (USA)
General Dynamics Humane Society of the United States
Patron Sponsors
JANUS Global Perry and Lin Baltimore Ms. Annie Totah
E.J.A. Trucking Tetra Tech


Benefactor Sponsors


Wayne and Judy Gooding Mr. and Mrs. Don Patierno LTG William Lennox, Ret. (USA) and Mrs. Lennox


Mr. and Mrs. Edward Powell Friendship Hospital for Animals


John and Dee Horsley