It’s fancy cocktails, a sumptuous dinner, great live music from the Gatlin Brothers, and dancing all night. But most of all, it’s a celebration of service and country, presented with the pride that beats in every patriot’s heart.

It’s the Patriot’s Ball, sponsored by the Dallas Military Foundation, taking place on April 22nd at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Dallas, Texas. This is the 53rd year for this terrific event, and the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is a big part of it.

Vice Chief of Naval Operations Admiral William F. Moran is planning to attend, or his designee. Additionally, the Society President and CEO, Admiral Steve Abbot, USN (Ret.), will attend and share a few words about the Society and how their efforts honor all those who serve. Also, attending with Admiral Abbot will be Sharon Zacharias, the Director of NMCRS Fort Worth, and her husband, as well as Patricia Ott, Society Combat Casualty Assistance Visiting Nurse, and her husband.

In addition, there will be videos about the Society playing during the cocktail and dinner hours, so that everyone can see how the Society helps Sailors, Marines, and their families.

Even better, should the income from the event exceed costs, proceeds will benefit the three military relief societies, including NMCRS. With this great event, everybody wins.

“We’re calling it the Patriot’s Ball to include more people from the commercial sector and the professional sector in Dallas – in addition to military people,” says Rear Admiral Jim Eckelberger, USN (Ret.), Past President and Board Member of the Dallas Military Foundation. “Nobody in the civilian community knows what the military relief societies are. If you’re in the military, you know. But civilians have no idea. We need a lot of publicity for why organizations like NMCRS are so necessary.”

Along with the other festivities at the event, a Patriot’s Award will be presented to former Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson for her service to our country in the Senate and her steadfast support of the military.

“We want to broaden people’s experience with patriotism,” says Admiral Eckelberger. “We’ll celebrate military service with probably 700 to 800 people from all walks of life — active duty service members, retired military, and civilians. With good food and great entertainment, I think it will be quite a nice evening.”

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With wonderful events like this, our community’s support of Sea Service members, and the military relief societies that support them 24/7 around the globe, keeps getting bigger and stronger. Isn’t it good to know you’re part that?


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