It was fitting that this patriotic fundraiser took place at Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom (840 E. Grand) — the Chicago landmark was named in tribute to World War I navy veterans. Maj. Dan Rooney, founder of the organization, welcomed 470 guests in their red, white and blue (and camouflage) cocktail attire to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the foundation June 24. Later, Ginger Gilbert Ravella took the stage to share how the program helped honor her late husband by taking care of her children’s educations. Proceeds from the night provide educational scholarships to the children and spouses of service members who have been killed or wounded.
Get this: More than 87 percent of dependents of disabled veterans and fallen soldiers nationwide do not qualify for federal scholarship assistance. As of this August, Folds of Honor will have granted 16,000 scholarships to aid such family members.
Photos by Mila Samokhina