The Major General John H. Russell Leadership Award Luncheon was held on October 16, 2013, in New York City. It was a sold out event for this year’s Award Recipient, His Eminence, Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan and Military Guest of Honor General John. J. Paxton, Jr., USMC.
Major General John H. Russell, USMC, was the 16th Commandant of the Marine Corps. The Major General John H. Russell Leadership Award,established by his daughter, Mrs. Vincent Astor, and the Marine Corps University Foundation, is presented annually to a distinguished American whose commitment to personal and professional excellence embodies those qualities of leadership and character uniquely associated with the United States Marine Corps.
His Eminence is the Archbishop of New York and delighted the crowd with his warm presence and personable remarks.
The Military Guest of Honor and Commandant of the Marine Corps’ representative was General John. J. Paxton, Jr., USMC. General Paxton spoke about the State of the Marine Corps and the many challenges it faces during the coming years.
Over 180 guests and sponsors interacted with some of our local Marines. Our Luncheon Sponsors for the past four years have been Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Saunders III. The Luncheon Chairpersons were: Mr. Tom A. Saunders III, Mrs. Jordan H. Saunders, and Mr. Guy P. Wyser-Pratte.
Special thanks are extended to Pipe Major Joe Brady and the Marine Color Guard from the 1st Marine Corps District.
We look forward to next’s Award Luncheon and hope you will able to join us. Details will be posted well in advance of the event for your consideration.
Photos by Denny Tillman.