Charlotte, NC — February 5, 2015 – General Michael Hayden, the former Director of the CIA and the National Security Agency, will be the keynote speaker at the second annual fundraiser to benefit the SEAL-Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Family Foundation on Saturday, March 28 at the Quail Hollow Country Club. This year’s fundraiser, sponsored by PNC Bank and others, will thank the Naval Special Warfare community and their families for their military service, and to honor their fallen heroes. Last year’s inaugural event hosted 350 guests and raised more than $500,000.
General Hayden is a retired four-star general who served as director of the CIA and the NSA when the course of world events was changing at an accelerating rate. As head of the country’s keystone intelligence-gathering agencies, he was on the frontline of geopolitical strife and the war on terrorism. He understands the dangers, risks, and potential rewards of the political, economic, and security situations facing the planet. General Hayden currently speaks about political situations in hot spots around the world, analyzing the tumultuous global environment and what it all means for the American people and America’s interests. He has highlighted the delicate balance between liberty and security in intelligence work, as well the potential benefits and dangers associated with the cyber domain. As the former head of two multi-billion dollar enterprises, he also addresses the challenges of managing complex organizations in times of stress and the need to develop effective internal and external communications.
Hayden is currently a principal at the Chertoff Group and a distinguished visiting professor at the George Mason University School of Public Policy. He was also elected to the board of directors of Motorola Solutions in January 2011 and serves on a variety of other boards and consultancies. In 2013, the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) awarded Hayden the 29th annual William Oliver Baker Award. In 2014 he was the inaugural Humanitas visiting professor in intelligence studies at Oxford University in the United Kingdom.
The fundraiser, held at Quail Hollow Club, will feature a reception, dinner gala with speakers and entertainment, as well as live and silent auctions. The entertainment scheduled for the evening will be pop and country singer/songwriter Josh Kelley, 2011 winner of NBC’s The Voice Javier Colon, and Top Ten recording artist Steve Azar. The event begins with a cocktail reception and silent auction from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., followed by a dinner/program at 7:30 p.m. and wrapped up with a live auction and entertainment.
About The Quail Hollow Country Club
The Quail Hollow Country Club is Quail Hollow is a private, member-owned club. Quail Hollow Club hosts the PGA TOUR in Charlotte, North Carolina each year during May.
About SEAL – Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation
The SEAL-Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation supports individual and family readiness through an array of programs specifically targeted to assist the Naval Special Warfare community in maintaining a resilient, sustainable, and healthy force in this era of persistent conflict and frequent deployments. SEALs ability to stay fit and focused determines the success of every mission; part of our job is to facilitate that focus by ensuring every Naval Special Warfare service member knows their family is, and will be, taken care of. Our motto is “Taking Care of THEIR families While They Protect OURS.” Our Family Foundation programs include Family Graduation Dinners, Sisterhood Meetings, Family Resiliency Retreats, NSW Kids Programs to assist families with children with special needs, Bereavement Support, Family Readiness Group Grants, Emergency Assistance, and Wounded Warrior and Fallen Hero Family Support. For more information or to make a donation, visit sealfamilyfoundation.org.
For more information about the sponsorship packages for the second annual fundraiser to benefit the SEAL-Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Family Foundation, visitwww.nswfamilyfoundationevents.com contact Alaine Bollinger at 619-344-0344, x706 or ABollinger@BDandH.com.