Leaders & Legends Celebrates Veterans and the Dogs that Change Their Lives

PHOENIX, Nov. 20, 2023 ~ The 12th Annual Leaders & Legends event was held at the Arizona Biltmore, honoring a remarkable group of veterans, most from the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame. Seven Purple Heart recipients took the stage, including Tom Kirk and David Allwine, former POWs who endured the infamous Hanoi Hilton. Kirk even celebrated his 95th birthday with attendees.

The event showcased the importance of improving the lives of Veterans by connecting them to the unconditional love of service and emotional support dogs. It featured icons from sports, business and the military, with a theme of "Trust—the tangible intangible." Two new beneficiaries will share in the amount raised: The PenFed Foundation and Rick Hogg's "In Honor of Duco Project."

The PenFed Foundation is led by PenFed Credit Union President/CEO James Schenck and Foundation President Andrea McCarren. They prioritize the welfare of Veterans, with 99 cents of every dollar raised by the Foundation going directly to their Veterans' program. The second beneficiary is Hogg's project which aims to prevent Special Ops Forces K9 handlers from having to make a medical decision for their partner based on their finances.

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Sports were represented by Hall of Famers Dara Torres, Kurt Busch and Rickey Henderson who gave career insights; World Series highlights were provided by Jim Leyland, Joe Torre and Bernie Williams; while Chris Carpenter and Jim Edmonds hosted a panel. The Military was well represented by Hogg and Delta Force teammates Tom Satterly and Chris VanSant, Brian Mahler (Marine/Navy SEAL), Captain Walt Slaughter (Naval Aviator) and Jim Dimatteo (Top Gun Adversary leader/Aviation Hall of Famer).

David Pratt explained the history and development of Three Forks Ranch along with its Health and Wellness center; Harold Hamm spoke on energy and America's oil and gas industry; while Ron Kruszewski tackled economy, inflation and related issues.

The 12th Annual Leaders & Legends event was an inspiring success that will continue into 2024!
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