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Coast Guard Foundation To Honor Heroics and Mission Excellence In Miami

New York City, NY – The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that its annual Tribute to the United States Coast Guard Seventh District will take place on November 13th at the Marriott Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida.


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During the event, emceed by Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III, chairman and CEO of Active Interest Media, Inc., the Coast Guard Foundation will pay tribute to former Commandant of the Coast Guard and former Seventh District Commander, retired Admiral Thad Allen. Overseeing the search and rescue operations in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, and incident commander of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Admiral Allen served as the 23rd commandant of the Coast Guard from 2006 to 2010. Additionally, the Coast Guard Foundation will honor an aircrew from the Seventh District for life-saving actions that resulted in the rescue of more than 100 Haitian nationals who had been shipwrecked off the islands of the Bahamas. The crew of CG-6027 being recognized are Lt. Commander Samuel H. Babbit, aircraft commander; Lt. Jonathan E. Ralson, copilot; Petty Officer David J. McPeters, flight mechanic; and Petty Officer Christopher P. Ensley, rescue swimmer. The emcee for the event will be Coast Guard Foundation trustee Michael Moore.

The task of safeguarding one of the busiest coastal regions in the United States falls to the men and women of the United States Coast Guard’s Seventh District

, said Anne Brengle, president, Coast Guard Foundation. “This group of exceptional individuals take to the sea with all its unpredictability, rescue the helpless in the most difficult conditions and see ships safely to port. They are our first line of defense in the face of everything from storms to oil spills, drug smugglers and poachers. It is our honor to pay tribute to their bravery and professionalism.”

The Seventh District encompasses the southeast United States and the Caribbean basin including: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Totaling an area of 1.8 million square miles, this region includes operational borders with 34 foreign nations and territories.

For more information on this year’s tribute, please visit Tribute To The Seventh Coast Guard District To learn more about the Coast Guard Foundation or to help support its work, please visit Coast Guard Foundation

About The Coast Guard Foundation
For 45 years, the Coast Guard Foundation has been committed to inspiring leadership, education and a proud legacy of service to our nation by supporting the men and women of the United States Coast Guard. The Foundation provides college scholarships to enlisted members, their spouses and their children, scholarships and support for families of Coast Guard members lost in the line of duty, and support for morale programs, including funding recreation, exercise and family-oriented facilities. The Coast Guard Foundation is headquartered in Stonington, Connecticut, where it maintains a staff of 14, with regional offices in the New York City area, St. Petersburg, Florida and Houston, Texas. To learn more about the Coast Guard Foundation or to help support its work, please visit

WHO: The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the education, welfare and morale of all Coast Guard members and their families
WHAT: Tribute to the Seventh District in Miami
WHEN: Cocktail reception 6:00 p.m. with dinner and program to follow —Thursday, November 13, 2014
WHERE: Marriott Biscayne Bay, 1633 North Bayshore Drive, Miami, Florida

Jennifer Crowley Fyke
Senior Director of Communications
Coast Guard Foundation