Administrators, faculty, staff, cadets, parents, alums and family members from all across the nation gathered April 2 at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel for the annual Maroon & Gold fundraising gala.
LCDR ERIC GREITENS AWARDED 2016 CATES “I WILL HOLD”AWARD
The star of the show at the 2016 Maroon & Gold dinner was LCDR Eric Greitens, the recipient of this year’s Gen. Clifton B. Cates, MMA class of 1910 “I Will Hold” Award for Leadership.
The award recognizes exceptional leaders who have demonstrated determination, steadfastness and perseverance through times of challenge. Greitens, a former Navy SEAL and combat veteran who served four tours of duty overseas, certainly fit the bill.
After returning home, Greitens founded The Mission Continues, a Missouri-based non-profit that helps returning veterans get back on their feet and give back to their communities. In 2014, Fortune Magazine named Greitens one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.” For more on Greitens and the I Will Hold Award, click here.
INTRODUCING THE MMA CORPS OF DRUMS
In mid-January, the Drum Corps received seven custom, hand-painted drums featuring the crest and colors of Missouri Military Academy. The instruments were purchased thanks to funds from the “Raise the Paddle” proceeds at the 2015 Maroon & Gold event and were unveiled with a dramatic march toward the stage at the 2016 event. (Funds from the 2016 “Raise The Paddle” will benefit the MMA lacrosse team.)
WO2 Freddie Lomas took the stage after the Drum Corps’ performance to deliver a call for action: help send the MMA band to Pearl Harbor!
In December 2016, the Fighting Colonels Marching Band will spend a week in Hawaii, where they will perform alongside young musicians from across the U.S. and Japan at the 75th anniversary Pearl Harbor Band Tour. But they need help from the MMA community in order to ensure every cadet can attend regardless of their financial situation. You can help send our boys to Hawaii by purchasing a limited edition Band of Brothers t-shirt: click here for details.
CADETS RAISE $36,955.50 FOR MAROON & GOLD GALA
In early February, the MMA Development office kicked off a cadet fundraising challenge to raise sponsorships and donations for Maroon and Gold 2016. The program, which was led by Annual Fund Director Cassandra Brooks, offered a fun competition and incentives. Eleven teams of cadets vied to raise the most funds. On the final day of the competition, raffle winners were announced at noon mess. Bravo won the deluxe showerheads, which were installed March 16.
For more information on the cadet fundraiser, click here.