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National Ability Center Honors Military Heroes with Annual Luncheon


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 “Saluting Our Heroes” provides community support to service members and their families

Park City, Utah (Nov. 13, 2017) – The National Ability Center (NAC), a leading organization dedicated to empowering individuals of differing abilities, will honor the resilient U.S. active duty and veteran service members and their families at its annual “Saluting Our Heroes” luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City. T he luncheon highlights the National Ability Center’s resources and programs that are dedicated to providing superior care and recovery support to service members and veterans who have been impacted, physically and/or cognitively, as a result of selflessly serving and protecting the country.

“We’d like to thank and pay tribute to our armed forces and all of those who have served our country,” said Gail Barille, CEO of the National Ability Center. “With the help of our amazing families, partners, donors, staff and volunteers, we’ve been fortunate enough to offer a wide range of individual and group programs for veteran and active duty service members for over 30 years. As a leader in adaptive recreation in the U.S. with global reach, we currently assist over 1,500 service members and their families through more than 6,200 experiences a year, which include a wide range of activities such as personalized lessons to seven-day retreats.”

The annual “Saluting Our Heroes” event is free to the public, but registration is required and be completed by visiting http://www.discovernac.org/saluting-our-heroes/. All funds raised at the Saluting Our Heroes luncheon directly support programs for military service members and their families at the National Ability Center.

This year’s keynote speaker is Guinness World Record Holder Martin Frey, who became the first person to successfully climb the world’s Seven Summits and sail the Seven Seas in April 2016. Frey is also an accomplished business leader, active angel investor, expert mountaineer and sailor and a local resident of Utah. Members of the Utah government are expected to be in attendance. Other business leaders expected at the luncheon include; Robert Rendon, Sr. Vice President and Community Development Director of Zions Bank; Brad Peterson, Board President of the National Ability Center and more. During the luncheon, the National Ability Center will recognize the 2017 honoree, The Utah Air National Guard.

“Saluting Our Heroes” title sponsor is Zions Bank; presenting sponsors are Epic Promise, George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation; speaker sponsor is Big-D Construction; warrior sponsors are The Boeing Company and Semnani Family Foundation. Additional sponsors include Deer Valley, Del Taco, Dominion Energy, Good4Utah, L-3 Communications, PCTV, Raytheon, Salt Lake Magazine, Switchback Sports, Utah Life Elevated and Walmart.

To learn more about “Saluting Our Heroes” or to register for the luncheon, visit http://www.discovernac.org/saluting-our-heroes/. For additional information about the National Ability Center, visit www.discovernac.org.

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About National Ability Center

The National Ability Center empowers individuals of all abilities by building self-esteem, confidence and lifetime skills through sport, recreation and educational programs. Located in Park City, Utah, it is one of the leading community programs in the country that provides sports and recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The National Ability Center is recognized as a chapter of Disabled Sports USA and a US Paralympic Sports Club. World-class facilities and program excellence have also elevated the National Ability Center to be a premier provider and partner in the delivery of programs directly supported by the Wounded Warrior Project and the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship. The National Ability Center provides more than 35,000 experiences each year. For more information, visit www.discovernac.org.

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