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2014 Clearing the Path Gala

 Fairmont Hotel, Washington, DC

October 22, 2014

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).   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. 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:      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:            Martha Raddatz, ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent

ENTERTAINMENT: World Children’s Choir

* The Gala is Black Tie Optional 

Click here to view the MLI Gala 2014 Invitation. For sponsorship and ticket information, please click here or contact MLI’s Development Director, Tycie Horsley (, for additional information.

Purchase Tickets and Sponsorships


New this Year: Free Parking next to the Fairmont Hotel!

MLI has partnered with SpotHero to offer discounted parking near the Fairmont Hotel for all attendees. SpotHero is a website and mobile app that helps drivers find parking options, compare discounted parking rates and book a guaranteed parking spot in advance of events.
Follow these steps to reserve discounted parking & get an extra $5 off with our promo code: gala5

1. Visit the SpotHero website HERE
Double check that the correct dates and times are entered in the search tools (they should be set to October 22, 2014 and 6pm-11pm), and then choose the garage located at 2300 M street, which should be the closest one to the Fairmont Hotel.  Follow the directions to reserve your parking space.
You simply need to input your email address and then scroll down to where is says: “Have a Promo code”
Then just enter the code: “gala5″
Then hit the button “Confirm Purchase” and your parking space should be reserved!  Be sure to print your receipt and bring it with you the night of the Gala.

You do NOT need to enter in your credit card information.  Parking should be $5, and with the discount of $5 when you use their promo code “gala5″ your parking should be free!  
2.. If using your phone, download SpotHero’s free iPhone or Android App.  Then, on the side tab of the app, click the Promo Codes section and enter the promo code
3.. Search for parking, select your parking time / location, and reserve your spot

4.. Upon arrival, follow the instructions on your mobile reservation and you’re all set!
***If you have any trouble, SpotHero Customer Heroes are standing by to help! Call 312-566-7768.

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

Edelmann sponsor image

Larry and Susan Patrick

TCA logo

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