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The Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) will celebrate its 18th Anniversary Clearing the Path Gala to honor leaders whose extraordinary efforts have improved lives in war-torn countries and to highlight accomplishments achieved in the past year that made the world a better and safer place. This delightful, informative evening will recognize those who have made MLI’s humanitarian work possible. We will celebrate progress in freeing the earth of the horrific scourge of landmines, acknowledge the challenges that remain, and recognize those who make our humanitarian work possible. We also are planning a parade of retired hero mine detection dogs! Actor Jack McKee will serve as our Parade Grand Marshall.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 20, 2015; Reception at 6pm; Dinner at 7pm

WHERE: The Fairmont Hotel, 2401 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037

EMCEE: Martha Raddatz, ABC News

ENTERTAINMENT: Voices of Service

General Gordon Sullivan, MLI Chairman & Founder, and congressional leaders will present awards to richly deserving Honorees, including:

2015 Mine Detection Dog Team of the Year:
Sergeant Ahmad Soleh & his canine partner Astra Joan from Lebanon

2015 Survivors’ Awards:
* Capt. Larkin O’Hern, USMA Class of 2008, who lost multiple limbs in an IED blast in Afghanistan and now serves as a US Army Congressional Fellow
* Bekele Gonfa Oba, an inspirational landmine survivor from Ethiopia, will receive our Survivors’ Award

2015 CHAMPS Awards:
* Henry Harris, a Brunswick High School senior, who pedaled his bike 3,200 miles cross-country this summer to promote CHAMPS and sponsor a lifesaving dog named Cosby in honor of a beloved school teacher, will receive our CHAMPS Student Leader Award
* Mrs. Julie Cofone, 5th Grade teacher from North Mianus School in CT, who has inspired hundreds of students in her community to get involved in CHAMPS and help those living in mine-affected countries

2015 Public Policy Award:
 US Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), who will receive our 2015 Public Policy Award


Tickets may be purchased online by clicking the link below, or you may download the Gala sponsorship and ticket form and mail, fax, or email it to the MLI office (Address: 2425 Wilson Blvd., suite 240, Arlington VA 22201; Fax: 703-243-9701; or email it to Thank you for your support!


Purchase Tickets and Sponsorships

Thank you to our many wonderful sponsors and supporters who make our humanitarian work possible!

Gold sponsor
Joan Wismer
General Dynamics logo


Silver sponsor logo for website
 Henry Niles Foundation



Bronze sponsor
DRS Technologies
Steve and Jaqui Edelmann
E.J.A. Trucking, Inc
Friendship Hospital for Animals
Humane Society of the United States
Joe and Kate Reeder
General Gordon R. Sullivan, USA (Ret.)


Patron sponsor logo
 Annie Totah
Sterling Global Operations, Inc
Irene C. Evans Charity
Anthony Lake
Perry and Lin Baltimore
Embassy of the State of Qatar