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Political and industry leaders join host committee for Heroes & History Makers Celebration

Political and industry leaders join host committee for Heroes & History Makers Celebration

Washington, D.C. (September 22, 2022)— The Elizabeth Dole Foundation has announced the host committee of its Heroes & History Makers Celebration on October 19, 2022, at The Anthem in Washington, D.C. A cross section of political, media, and industry leaders will join Hidden Heroes Campaign Chair Tom Hanks and TODAY co-anchor and Hidden Heroes Ambassador Savannah Guthrie for a night honoring the more than 5.5 million Americans caring for a wounded, ill, or injured servicemember or veteran at home. The event will also celebrate the organization’s tenth anniversary.

“The diversity and stature of leaders joining us this year reflect how the military caregiver crisis has become a national issue for all Americans to take part in solving,” said Steve Schwab, CEO of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. “As the Elizabeth Dole Foundation marks our anniversary this year, we are proud and grateful that the movement supporting our mission continues to grow.” 

Members of the 2022 Heroes & History Makers Host Committee include:  

  • Travis Dalton, EVP and GM, Oracle Health, Host Committee Co-Chair 
  • Michael Steel, Senior Vice President of Communications, Business Roundtable, Host Committee Co-Chair 
  • Gina Adams, Senior Vice President Government & Regulatory Affairs, FedEx 
  • Dana Bash, Anchor and Chief Political Correspondent, CNN 
  • Helena Berger, Retired CEO, American Association of People with Disabilities 
  • The Honorable Steve Bullock, Former Governor of Montana   
  • Mike Cardarelli, CEO, Blue Water Thinking 
  • The Honorable Tony Coelho, Former Congressman from California 
  • The Honorable Tom and Mrs. Linda Daschle 
  • Carol Eggert, Brigadier General (Ret), US Army, Senior Vice President, Comcast NBCUniversal 
  • Major Garrett, Chief Washington Correspondent, CBS News 
  • The Honorable Al Gore, Former Vice President of the United States 
  • Ambassador C. Boyden Gray, Founding partner of Boyden Gray & Associates 
  • Catharine Grimes, Senior Director, Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation 
  • Jason Grumet, Founder and President, Bipartisan Policy Center 
  • John Hughes, SVP of Government and Industry Relations, USAA 
  • Meredith Lozar, Vice President, Military and Veteran Affairs, JP Morgan Chase 
  • Beth Martinez Mahan, Chief Growth Officer, Blue Water Thinking 
  • Dave McIntyre, President and CEO, TriWest Healthcare Alliance 
  • Andrea Mitchell, Anchor, Andrea Mitchell Reports 
  • Amna Nawaz, Chief Correspondent, PBS NewsHour 
  • Anna Palmer, Founder & CEO, Punchbowl News 
  • COL (IL) Jennifer N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired), Founder, Pritzker Military Museum & Library 
  • Laura Randa, CEO and Chair, Toivoa 
  • Randy Reese, Executive Director, Disabled American Veterans 
  • David Spunt, Washington DC Correspondent, Fox News  
  • Jake Tapper, Anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent, CNN 
  • Rex Wackerle, Vice President, Government Affairs, Prudential 
  • Judy Woodruff, Anchor and Managing Editor, PBS NewsHour 
  • Ali Zelenko, SVP, Strategic Initiatives, NBC News and Head of Strategic Partnerships, NBC News Studios  

 Senator Elizabeth Dole was the first to call the nation’s attention to the 5.5 million Americans caring for a wounded, ill or injured service member at home. Military caregivers face increased emotional and physical stress, financial and legal troubles, employment difficulties, and feelings of isolation due to the enormous responsibility and severe lack of resources for those caring for someone who served. The Foundation is committed to recognizing, supporting, and empowering America’s hidden heroes.

Heroes & History Makers is made possible by presenting sponsor USAA and support from:

AARP, Amazon Web Services, American Airlines, Amna Nawaz & Paul Werdel, Andrea Mitchell, Anna Palmer & Patrick Mellody, Bipartisan Policy Center, Blue Water Thinking, Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation, Booz Allen Hamilton, Boston Consulting Group, Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation, C. Boyden Gray, Clarus Group, The Coca-Cola Company, Comcast NBCUniversal, CVS Pharmacy, Diana Davis Spencer Foundation, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), DoorDash, FedEx, Fox, Helena Berger, Hilton, Home Instead, Humana Military, Huron, The Independence Fund, Jim & Linda Beers, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Judy Woodruff & Al Hunt, Magellan Federal, Major Garrett, McKinsey & Company, MicroHealth, Mida Associates, LLC., National Government Services, NBCUniversal, Nemours Children’s Health, Northport Affiliates, LLC., Oracle Cerner, Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), Phil & Peg Soucy, Philips, Pritzker Military Foundation on behalf of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, Prudential, Rex Wackerle, Toivia, Tom & Linda Daschle, Tony Coelho, TriWest, Wells Fargo, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). 

About Elizabeth Dole Foundation and Hidden Heroes

The Elizabeth Dole Foundation is the preeminent organization empowering, supporting, and honoring our nation’s 5.5 million military caregivers – the spouses, parents, family members, and friends who care for America’s wounded, ill or injured veterans at home. Founded by Senator Elizabeth Dole in 2012, the Foundation adopts a comprehensive approach in its support and advocacy, working with leaders in the public, private, nonprofit, and faith communities to recognize military caregivers’ service and promote their well-being. Learn more about the Elizabeth Dole Foundation at www.hiddenheroes.org.