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2014 Clearing the Path Gala

The Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) will celebrate its 17th Anniversary on October 22, 2014 at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, DC by hosting the Clearing the Path Gala to honor leaders whose extraordinary efforts have improved lives in countries affected by landmines. This delightful, informative evening will highlight the accomplishments of the past year, including successes in the Mine Detection Dog Partnership Program, the Children Against Mines Program (CHAMPS), and Survivors’ Assistance programs. The Gala will feature a hero dog team that will demonstrate how man’s best friend “sniffs out” landmines to make the world a safer and better place for all people and animals. Congressional leaders and former Honorees will join us in presenting well-deserved Awards, and MLI will recognize those making our work possible.

This year’s featured country at the Gala is Bosnia Herzegovina (BiH).   Seventeen years after the war, landmines continue to threaten communities in BiH, which remains the most mine-contaminated country in Europe.  MLI has worked in BiH since 2004, donating 28 lifesaving mine detection dogs and providing prosthetic limbs & vocational training to dozens of landmine survivors.  Historic flooding in May displaced known minefields and washed away warning signs, setting back demining operations.   Just this year, five separate mine incidents have taken many innocent lives, including two children.

We hope you can join us as we celebrate progress in the fight against landmines!


WHEN:             Wednesday, October 22, 2014; Reception at 6pm; Dinner at 7pm

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

KEYNOTER:      Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (invited)

PRESENTERS:  Senator & Mrs. Mike Enzi; Her Excellency Jadranka Negodic, Embassy of Bosnia Herzegovina; General (Ret.) Gordon R. Sullivan; Dr. Ken Rutherford; Representative Chris Smith (Invited)

MDD Team of the Year – TBA
Survivors’ Assistance Award – TBA

* The Gala is Black Tie Optional 

Please join us for a wonderful evening! For sponsorship and ticket information, please click here or contact MLI’s Development Director, Tycie Horsley (, for additional information.

Tickets and Sponsorships

Cindy McCain (2013 Humanitarian Service Award)
Tatiana Hoecker and Ashley Parkinson (2013 CHAMPS Award)
Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) (2013 Survivors’ Award)
COL Greg Gadson and Mohammed Abdul Karim (2012 Survivors’ Award)
Akmal Ghafori (2012 CHAMPS Award)
James Lawrence & Pat Patierno (2012 Humanitarian Service Award)
Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) (2011 Public Policy Award)
Glenelg Country School (2011 CHAMPS Award)
BAE Systems (2010 Corporate Award)
Anthony Lake (2010 Humanitarian Award)
Susan Hollier (2010 CHAMPS Award)
Raytheon (2009 Corporate Award)
Rep. James Moran (D-VA) (2009 Public Policy Award)
Kirsten Parkinson (2009 CHAMPS Award)
Reps. Christopher Smith (R-NJ) & John Murtha (D-PA) (2008 Public Policy Award)
General Dynamics (2008 Corporate Award)
Vermont Girl Scout Troops 125 & 820 (2008 CHAMPS Awards)
General Gordon R. Sullivan (2007 MLI Founder’s Award)
Geoffrey and Elizabeth Parkinson (2007 Community Service Award)
Joan Wismer (2007 CHAMPS Patron Award)
Mrs. Diana Enzi (2005 Community Service Award)
Dr. Kenneth R. Rutherford (2005 Survivors’ Assistance Award)
Senators Chuck Hagel and Patrick Leahy (2002 Public Policy Award)
Her Majesty Queen Noor al-Hussein (International Award)

Click here to view photos from the 2013 Gala!

Gold Sponsors

Joan M. Wismer Foundation

Silver Sponsors

Association of the United States Army

Bronze Sponsors

DRS Technologies   The Humane Society of the United States