April 3, 2014
NEVADA MILITARY SUPPORT ALLIANCE – LAS VEGAS GALA
On Saturday, March 29, the Nevada Military Support Alliance (NMSA) held its second annual Las Vegas Gala at the Red Rock Resort and Casino. The NMSA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support Nevada’s men and women of the Armed Forces who are killed or seriously injured in combat.
The principal speaker of the evening was former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, United States Marine Corps (Ret.) General Peter Pace, the first Marine to be appointed to the country’s highest military position. (photo, left to right: NMSA Vice Chairman Joe Brown, General Peter Pace, WBC Supervisor Chuck Williams, NMSA Chairman Perry DiLoreto)
After NMSA Vice Chairman Joe Brown had a conversation with World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman, there was no question that the WBC was on board to help in any way possible to assist the program.
The WBC President gathered the WBC team together and as a result, the World Boxing Council played a significant role in the success of the evening and hosted a table at the event.
WBC Supervisor Chuck Williams presented General Pace with a WBC Championship Belt bearing his likeness, as well as those of boxing icons Joe Louis and Muhammed Ali. Chuck also presented WBC Gold Medallions to the NMSA Board and to Army Sgt. Tim Hall, who lost both legs to an IED explosion in Afghanistan.
(Front row: Army Sgt. Tim Hall. Back row, left to right: General Peter Pace, WBC Supervisor Chuck Williams, NMSA Vice Chairman Joe Brown, NMSA Chairman Perry DiLoreto, Marine Sgt. Dylan Gray, who lost both legs in Iraq)
The gala was a huge success, with attendees contributing nearly $2 million toward the NMSA goal of $3 million in order to build a Fisher House at the Veterans Hospital site in Las Vegas. A Fisher House provides a temporary home for the families of seriously injured combatants who are undergoing long-term treatment at a VA hospital.
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman said, “The WBC is proud to assist the Nevada Military Support Alliance, and encourages others to contribute to help NMSA reach their goals. The World Boxing Council thanks our long time friend, Joe Brown, a former member of the Nevada Athletic Commissison and current member of the Nevada Gaming Commission, for asking the WBC to participate. We hope to be able to ‘answer the call’ to support NMSA for many years in the future.”