2014 Clearing the Path Gala

 Fairmont Hotel, Washington, DC

October 22, 2014

The Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) celebrated 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 highlighted 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 featured a hero dog team from Bosnia and Herzegovina that demonstrated 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 joined us in presenting well-deserved Awards, and MLI  recognized those making our work possible.

This year’s featured country at the Gala was Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).   Nearly two decades 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.

For pictures from this year’s Clearing the Path Gala, please click here.

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

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

KEYNOTER:      Rear Admiral Samuel Perez, Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary of State

PRESENTERS:  Mrs. Diana Enzi; Her Excellency Jadranka Negodic, Embassy of Bosnia Herzegovina; General (Ret.) Gordon R. Sullivan; Dr. Ken Rutherford; Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)

CHAMPS Award – Anne Wooleyhand and Jennifer Cope, Glenelg Country School
MDD Team of the Year – MDD Betsy and Alden Ćesko
Survivors’ Assistance Award – Rahmatullah Merzayee, Afghan Landmine Survivors’ Organization (ALSO)

EMCEE:            Tom Gjelten, NPR News Correspondent

ENTERTAINMENT: World Children’s Choir


Tickets and sponsorships

Gold Sponsors

 General Dynamics logo       Joan M. Wismer Foundation

Silver Sponsors

Association of the United States Army        eag_primary_clr

Bronze Sponsors


DRS TechnologiesThe Humane Society of the United States

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General Sullivan

Larry and Susan Patrick

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Patron Sponsors

Perry and Lin Baltimore Family

EJA Trucking

Embassy of Qatar

Irene C. Evans Charity

Humanistic Robotics

Sterling International LLC

Benefactor Sponsors

Ambassador Frances Cook

John and Dee Horsley

Sami and Annie Totah Foundation

Donald and Linda Patierno

Richard Schneider