For All Those Who Serve


Honorary Chair Colonel Jay R. Vargas, USMC (Ret.), Catherine Ehlers Metcalf and Jessica and Ray Brandt


On the eve of Veterans Day, the National WWII Museum celebrated “Victory Ball 2017,” presented by Ray and Jessica Brandt Family Foundation, to salute the men and women who have and who continue to dedicate their lives to our freedom. More than 600 patrons had unlimited access to the museum’s amazing pavilions and exhibit galleries throughout the evening. Red and navy blue silk linens throughout set the patriotic mood.

Medal of Honor recipient Colonel Jay R. Vargas, USMC (Ret.) was the Honorary Chairman.

The 2017 Victory Ball reception featured cocktails and culinary creations by The American Sector Restaurant + Bar, including passed hors d’oeuvres and food stations such as a charcuterie and artisan cheese display, a steamship of Waygu beef, Louisiana shrimp and andouille Creole and other popular selections. Centerpieces of mint julep cups with American flags, white hydrangeas and roses continued the all-American theme.

Specialty cocktails representing each branch of service were served, including “The Rocket Fuel” cocktail in the Latter & Blum Air Force Base and the “Maritime Mule” in the Edward C. Mathes Navy Base.

The Patron Party began with music by The Tumbling Wheels while outside entertainment was provided by the Museum’s Victory Swing Orchestra (sounds from the 1940s) and a service salute by the Victory Belles. The evening closed out with DJ Ann Glaviano.

Proceeds from the “Victory Ball” support public programming and ongoing preservation efforts at The National WWII Museum.



Event at a Glance

What: “Victory Ball,” benefiting The National WWII Museum
When: Friday, November 10, 2017
Where: The National WWII Museum


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