Saluting Our Heroes - National Ability Center

Saluting Our Heroes

November 15, 2017
Noon–1:30 PM
Grand America Hotel, Salt Lake City, UT

The Saluting Our Heroes Luncheon honors the men and women who have served our country, while building awareness of the needs of returning service members. The event highlights opportunities and resources available in Utah to assist veterans as they transition back to civilian life. There is no cost to guests to attend this event. A minimum donation of $100 is kindly requested during the luncheon to support U.S. service members discover their abilities.

2017 Event Speakers:

Keynote Speaker :
Martin Frey, Guinness World Record Holder, 7 Summits 7 Seas

Military Speaker :
Sarah Rudder, Invictus Games Medalist, NAC Participant






martin frey sailingAbout Martin Frey

Martin Frey is a successful business leader, active angel investor, and an accomplished mountaineer and sailor. In April 2016, he became the first person to successfully climb the world’s Seven Summits and sail the Seven Seas. Martin’s groundbreaking achievement follows a 30-year business career that included 13 years in Silicon Valley as a senior director for Cisco. In 2004, he moved to Utah, where he served as managing director of the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Martin is passionate about inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs and actively offers his time and talents. Martin graduated from BYU in Mechanical Engineering and from Harvard’s Advanced Management Program. He and his wife Kym live in Holladay, Utah and have two daughters.


About Saluting Our Heroes

Why We Salute

Warriors and their families deserve high-quality, non-institutional environments where they can truly connect and heal. They need programs that support and challenge them to learn new skills, set higher goals, improve communication, and extend their reach beyond perceived limits. Since 1985, the National Ability Center has served thousands of veterans, active duty soldiers and their families. All funds raised at the Saluting Our Heroes luncheon directly support programs for military service members and their families at the National Ability Center.


Who We Serve

For over 30 years, our mission has been to provide programming that empowers participants of all abilities – including athletes, veterans, adults and children – to achieve more than they once thought they were physically and emotionally capable of. Today, these programs serve 5,500 people of all abilities each year through 35,000 lessons and experiences within a wide variety of sports, recreation and educational activities. National Ability Center is recognized as a chapter of Disabled Sports USA and a US Paralympic Sports Club.


Who Attends

This luncheon is for current and veteran members of the armed forces, businesses and community partners who want to support the military community and anyone wanting to learn more about military programs in Utah and how they can support the military community and their families.


Become a Table Captain

Table Captains are key to the success of the National Ability Center’s Saluting Our Heroes luncheon. As a Table Captain, you will invite 9 guests to join you at your table of 10.  There is no cost to you or your guests to attend our luncheon. Donations are kindly requested during the program. Table Captains help the National Ability Center connect with new supporters who are interested in learning about our programs, have connections to organizations that help service members or veterans, or may benefit from our military focused programs.

To become a Table Captain, please contact:
Burchie Benton at or 435-200-0990

Can’t attend the luncheon? 
Sponsor a Soldier.


Become an Event Sponsor

Saluting Our Heroes is only possible thanks to the support of our sponsors. By sponsoring this event, you will impact the lives of veterans while gaining exposure within the Utah business community.

View Sponsorship Opportunities:  Download a Sponsorship Package


2016 Event Sponsors


Deer Valley Resort

George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation

L-3 Communications

Goldman Sachs


Zions Bank

“Service in defense of our nation is an enduring mission, and that is why we partner with organizations such as the National Ability Center.  Business must play a role in ensuring that veterans and military families have the support they have earned.  We can help make veterans feel more connected to their communities, while at the same time help civilians gain a better understanding of, and appreciation for, the sacrifices they have made. It is with gratitude, compassion and respect, that we acknowledge the depth and sacrifice of our armed forces personnel and veterans.”  – Larry Coughlin, Boeing Salt Lake general manager

2016 Keynote Speaker – Sebastian Junger, #1 New York Times Bestselling author, award-winning journalist, and Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker. Purchase Junger’s latest book, Tribe.

Stories From Our Heroes

2016 Featured Participant: Michael Jones


2015 Featured Participant: Taylor Davis

Photo Albums

2016 Photo Albums: Smugmug  |  Facebook
2015 Photo Albums: Facebook
2013 Photo Albums: Salt Lake Magazine | Facebook


Brandon Robbins

Posted on Nov. 15th

Is there any service that a scout group could do to help? We are looking for opportunities for our scouts to serve that don’t include raising money. (They have had to do too many fundraisers lately)

Whitney Thompson

Posted on Nov. 15th

Thanks Brandon! We often have group service opportunities! I’ve forwarded your question to Heidi or volunteer coordinator and she should be in touch soon. You can also reach out to Heidi by emailing

Whitney Thompson

Posted on Nov. 15th

Hi Napoleon! We apologize for the inconvenience! You can visit our contact page at:

Or, just send an email to and we will make sure it get’s to the right person!

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