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4th Annual Gala
November 2 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm EDT
We are also extremely excited to welcome this year’s Master of Ceremony:
Paralympic Silver Medalist & Army Veteran John Register
John is a dynamic, authentic and engaging experiential keynote speaker who is a master storyteller. His thought-provoking key concepts landed him a TEDx talk. As a “New normal” mindset shifter who, after amputation, qualified for the Paralympic swim team and four years later, won the Paralympic long jump silver medal in Sydney, Australia. John has inspired and empowered people touched by traumatic life events to achieve their new normal.
“I did not overcome the loss of my limb. To overcome the loss would mean I’d have to grow it back. What I overcame were the limits I placed on myself and that others placed on me. This is what is universal for all of us to overcome.” John Register
His powerful keynote, “Hurdling Adversity”, challenges audiences both young and old to unleash the inspiration in them. John has been a spokesperson for Hartford Insurance Company, the American Plastics Council, the Ohio Willow Wood Company, and Disabled Sports USA. He has been a solutions engine for more than 50 companies, and featured on numerous national television programs, to include: PAX TV’s “It’s A Miracle” with Richard Thomas, FOX’s “The Edge” with Paula Zahn, NBC’s “Weekend Today Show” with Sara James, and MSNBC’s “Morning Blend” with Solidad O’Brian. He has also been profiled several times in The New York Times, The Washington Post, ESPN Magazine and the Washington Kid’s Post.
We are also very excited to welcome this year’s our guest speaker:
Retired Four-Star General John W. Nicholson, Jr.
The PenFed Foundation is proud to announce that General John W. “Mick” Nicholson, Jr. has been named president of the PenFed Foundation starting April 15. General Nicholson is a retired United States Army Four-Star General who was the longest-serving commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan and NATO’s Resolute Support Mission.
“General Nicholson is a true American hero. He led tens of thousands of brave men and women who fight and win our nation’s wars, and spent six years in combat during his 36 years of distinguished service in our military,” said James Schenck, president and CEO of PenFed Credit Union and CEO of the PenFed Foundation. “We are honored that for his next mission, General Nicholson is going to lead the PenFed Foundation.
.General Nicholson understands firsthand the unique challenges facing military members. His range of experience with nonprofit entities as well as the military gives him the expertise to strongly lead the PenFed Foundation and those we serve.
- November 2
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm